Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi Review - A heartfelt Hangover
Till date, Pellichoopulu was the most surprising Telugu film for me. For the breathe of indieness it had.. and the amusingly lighthearted telling and performances it carried. A film that put the conflicts and story on backseat and rides with characters established upfront is a delight to watch! Two years later, Tharun Bhascker is back with another uber cool breezy getaway.. 'Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi'. And this is even more crazy! The film comes up at many places as Indian Hangover.
The prelude starts with an accident, depicted much like what Quentin Tarantino did with 'Death Proof' car smash sequence. We see four guys in their mid 20s, in the middle of a heated argument jolted down by a car collapse. Cut to.. We see them in their mediocre boring jobs. (Metaphorically, a life changing incident..) And from here on.. we are introduced to characters, their family and the backstories.
The way Tharun holds information and gives us later both through his writing and by editing is itself a fun to hold on. When things are revealed later.. Tharun neither takes a 'headmaster' director role nor the 'spoon-feeding' way.. it is like a surprise that will put a big hearty smile on your face.
Four friends.. Stuck in a crisis as they meet after a while for a catch-up may sound as a clichéd premise for a feel good, road trip film. But Tharun cuts off all the drama and melodrama and feeds us with style and fun in its most superlative form. The major conflicts in both first and second half kinda circle back on same note.. 'Did they complete making a shortfilm?'. And this very plot gives the film all the freedom to be a mad house for fun and quirky.
The entire film unveils as a detour from a boring, mundane life. It is packed with slices of life that we often pass through with merely a notice. The best part is.. the film spells the entire theater with a roar of laughter in every scene. Even the romance works out refreshingly lively because of to whom it happens. Much like Malar in Premam, the first love dealt here blows one and all with the tenderness elicited between the contrasts.. an overtly masculine and beautifully womanised female characters!
Songs like Aagi Aagi are pleasant to see in a mainstream film. They detach you off the loudness and on the face underlining we are used to see in the treatment of romance. So is the cinematography and sound design. They are highly captivating and breathtaking in its simplistic approach. With no big deal.. the film puts you in middle of their world. From rooftops to balconies.. canteens to beach shore.. the sun and wind hit right on our face.
Like Pellichoopulu.. ENE also has a postlude sequence. It also tells us what these guys have become after few years which surprisingly connects back to Pellichoopulu! In the times of violence, hatred and opinions all over.. how good it is to see a film like this that doesn't offend anyone.. that is not judgemental.. that leaves its audience in rollercoaster of emotions belting in fun and tears of joy for two hours as it explores what friendship and love means to people! I wish there were many more filmmakers like Tharun!
Bottomline: As this little beautiful film ends, we look back at our priorities and what we preferred.. what we have missed and where we have come. Tharun Bhascker's 'Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi' offers you the perfect reason to dial up your gang, book tickets for this film and jump off from your regular life.
Rating : 3.5/5