Saturday, April 4, 2015

Yevade Subramanyam

Having heard positive reviews of this movie, I wanted to watch it but was rather caught up with lots of stuff and had to postpone doing it.
Starring Nani and new comer Malavika Nair, this movie urges you to look into yourself and ask who you are without your lineage, your job, money, educational qualification and all other superfluity. It tells that life is about the several moments you live everyday...and not just a few episodes that you can just count on your fingers. It is about peeping into yourself and find what actually gives you happiness and not what you think will make you successful in life and whether at the end of your life all these matter.
Based on this premises, we have the character of Nani  who has a childhood friend,  Vijay Deverakonda, who has never conformed to social expectations. An expensive pencil box when coveted by Nani is simply given away. The commercial values have never mattered to him.
Just when Nani who has worked hard though an IIM degree and is onto his next plan of life, of marrying the Boss's daughter, Vijay comes back into his life. He urges him to fulfill his childhood dream of going to Doodh Kashi, an abode in Mt. Everest, inspired by his teacher (Srinivas Avasarala in a cameo) who abandons his profession in pursuit of peace in the lap of Himalayas.
Nani ridicules and dismisses his aspiration as a silly childhood dream and pays no attention to it. Nani and Vijay find Malavika Nair in a pub and then on all three are friends. Malavika's and Rishi's thinking is alike in sharp contrast to Nani's materialistic one.
Circumstances make Nani go to Doodh Kashi. The obvious happens when he visits Doodh Kashi and returns a changed man...valuing things which really mean something and not just a materialistic pursuit of life.
Nani is a natural and glides through effortlessly. Malavika needs to make an effort.and unfortunately she looks like Kashmeera Shah. In places, she goes overboard. In a few places the director does it too. For example, when Nani is lost playing with the kids in Himalayas, there was no need of that approving glance from Malavika. Wish the director could just let the moment flow and take the audience with it.
The strength of the movie is a thankfully different story and the two main men leads, Krishnam Raju's brief yet impactful presence and the absence of Brahmandam and (group)dances.
Enjoy the breath-taking cinematography in lap of the Himalayas.
It does slacken in a few places but overall it succeeds in bringing a smile and an occasional tear to the eye.
This movie is targeted more at the youngsters who are just beginning to taste money and are in the process of losing themselves in hollow excessiveness.

I would rate it a 3/5.