Populated with oddball characters, ‘Pushpaka Vimanam’ has its moments, however doesn’t turn out to be the quirky comedian thriller it goals to be
The characters that inhabit the center class universe created by debut director Damodara are individuals we would come throughout — seemingly well-intentioned people who’re nosy and judgemental. When issues go properly, it’s simpler to disregard their prying eyes. It’s when issues go awry, that one has to maneuver heaven and earth to place forth a standard, joyful image. What if these steps backfire? Pushpaka Vimanam explores these sides via a darkish comedy thriller that can also be a social commentary on organized marriages, societal pressures, ethical policing, and discovering love.
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On the centre of this universe is Chittilanka Sundar (Anand Deverakonda), a arithmetic instructor at a authorities college. Nearly at all times properly groomed, properly mannered, he’s a tad naive and nurtures idealistic notions about marriage. When he’s cornered later within the story, he would argue that he’s a authorities college instructor, with the hope that it is sufficient to be his character certificates.
- Forged: Anand Deverakonda, Geeth Saini, Saanve Megghana
- Path: Damodara
The enjoyable begins when he places up a charade of normalcy, after his newly-wed spouse Meenakshi (Geeth Saini) deserts him. Even the smallest of issues turn into a nightmare. The presence of a lady within the family is marked by a ‘muggu’ exterior the door, tiffin field full of home-cooked lunch that may be shared with colleagues, and so forth. A colleague (Giridhar) who can establish which restaurant the meals is sourced from, provides to Sundar’s distress.
A comedy of errors ensues when aspiring actor Rekha (a crackling Saanve Megghana) poses as Sundar’s spouse and an assistant director buddy (Kireeti Damaraju) tags alongside when colleagues invite themselves to Sundar’s home for lunch.
Anand is plausible as the easy man who struggles to deal with untoward happenings. In among the essential scenes within the latter half, his lack of expertise reveals. Nevertheless, he makes up for it with earnestness. Saanve Meghhana dives proper into the character of a small-time actor who’s partly pushed by greed and tries to seek out her approach out of messy conditions. She brings the corridor down in a scene that unfolds within the residence of the college principal (Naresh) when the cops come knocking. Fortunately, the movie sidesteps cliched potentialities within the portrayal of the rapport between Sundar and Rekha.
As Sundar tries to hint his lacking spouse, the movie enters a darker area. The transition from comedy to a darkish thriller will not be seamless however units the stage for one more oddball character — police officer Rangam (Sunil) who nurtures on-screen desires.
The narrative loses steam within the investigative parts. There’s approach an excessive amount of give attention to Rangam’s quirks than on constructing a fascinating thriller. Kireeti’s character disappears halfway and, surprisingly, the cops don’t consider trying up a sufferer’s social media profiles.
Additionally, the massive reveal in direction of the tip wouldn’t come as a shock if one observes the supporting characters intently.
Nevertheless, the movie manages to carry a mirror to how ladies bear the brunt of ethical policing and the way, after preliminary setbacks, two strangers thrown into an organized marriage can discover real love. There’s additionally a intelligent jibe at those that satisfaction themselves in being noble professionals, normalising dowry.
These are all attention-grabbing concepts, however the narrative doesn’t deliver every thing collectively in an engrossing method. A greater screenplay may need helped make Pushpaka Vimanam a unusual black comedy it meant to be. It’s not a foul movie, it isn’t nice both.