When regional films were hell bent on drafting stories that neither defined logic nor substance, Orange comes as a breath of fresh air. Execution of love stories in the recent past have been so stale and outdated that, you could hardly establish a connect with them. Surreal locations for songs, an item number enriched with a tonic of family sentiment, they have tormented us enough. Bhaskar is the much needed change that the Telugu film industry craves for. Coming after a successful “Parugu” with Allu Arjun, he has ensured enough delicacies balanced with a subtle yet a poignant script that has moments of fun, thought and little aspects left for you to comprehend.
Welcome to the fun and the frolic! Yes, Its Australia and here’s Ram. A go lucky chap whose life is filled with colours and love. Quite accomplished in practicing Graffiti accompanied with wild life photography, he lives life king size. Sparks fly when he comes across Jaanu whose childlike expressions and innocence sway him away completely. But wait, he has a past that’s not so adorable for any woman. 9 failed relationships and the person himself believes true love lasts only for a limited period. There’s nothing known as life-long love. He neither cheats nor lies and believes in conveying truth as it is. Confusing. Isn’t it? He’s simply an overgrown child for whom life is a fun ride.
This very frankness and down to earth attitude impresses Jaanu. They share wonderful moments of togetherness and live in a surreal world that’s so alien to many. Deep down the line, the same factor that made her like Ram ,irks her frequently. As the story progresses along many complications and conflicts arise between the two, but they never call it quits. The rest of the tale descends along his past that redefined his ideologies. The climax portrays his faith for true love rather than fabricating and leaving behind reasons for each of his ruined relationships.
Ram Charan Tej sporting a clean shaved look binded with a new sense of freshness is a delight to watch. Ravishing with confidence in his third stint as an actor, he impresses one and all with an improved dialogue delivery and wonderful comic sense . His ease in comedy is reflected in his time space with Brahmanandam. There’s a newfound dignity attached to his performance that one could recognise. Despite his characterisation being complex, he is exuberant with energy on-screen. Genelia though contrastingly gives a mixed performance that’s a pale shade of her role in Bommarillu. Ranging from sheer brilliance to mistakable ordinariness, she works too hard to be convincing. Barring an initial inconsistency in her performance, she handles the latter half and humour with much maturity. She looks inexplicably dazzling in her casual wear and shares a wonderful chemistry with Ram. Shazn Padamsee as Rooba, who was last seen in Ranbir Kapoor’s Rocket Singh is very convincing in her brief appearance. Brahmanandam ensures hearty laughs throughout the film.He is at his prolific best. Nagababu in a small role is sincere. Much credit needs to be given to Manjula for her naturalistic expressions.
The technical values of the film need no introduction. Capturing Sydney and Mumbai at its alluring best, the cinematography is exceptional. Deft handling behind the screen and a wonderful selection of locations add a toast to your viewing experience. The film is enhancingly colourful and has a fresh feel to each frame. Music by Harris Jayraj is an asset to the film. With a wonderful balance in melody and beat, the viewer is seduced with each and every number. Picking the best of the lot, "Chilipiga Choostavila" is harnessed with great picturisation. The lyrics are simple and lend purpose to the film’s soul.
Bhaskar bearing the brunt of overpowering expectations comes up with a delicate story that mirrors simplicity. He never makes the film go preachy and gives it a light treatment powered with humour. The first half races through despite any adequate story. The second half frustrates you initially but picks steam within a short span of time. Conceptually though, the director could have worked more in lending a clarity between momentary and lifelong love. All in all, the film will definitely find its bulk of audiences from the younger lot. A neat entertainer packaged with splendid moments, it’s a relieving watch.