Average Critics Rating: 2
Awe Telugu Movie Review
Cast: Kajal Aggarwal, Regina Cassandra, Nitya Menen, Eesha Rebba , Murali Sharma, Avasarala Srinivas, Priyadarshi
Director : Prasanth Varma
Producer : Nani
Music: Mark K Robin
DOP: Karthik Ghattamaneni
Editor: Goutham Nerusu
Banner: Wall Poster Cinema
It’s an anthology kind of film with parallel short stories narrated individually meet at a point. An amateur chef (Priyadarshi) who cooks dishes by recipes given by a fish (Nani), a drug addict waitress(Regina) who is on an robbery attempt along with her boyfriend, a doorman trying to invent a time machine to travel to his lost parents, Nitya Menen and Eesha as lesbians convincing parents, a narcissist magician challenged by a kid, Kajal is seen as a patient suffering with psychological disorder but planning for mass murder, a talking tree and few weird women characters. That’s the story is all about.
Awe being a concept film with complex subject of collective consciousness it may be difficult to comprehend for few. First half appears short with intro to characters. Some confusion arouses as narration switches between stories. The ideas are fresh but mind twisting. Second half gives some clarity as each story proceed and meet at a point.
However, no character has given proper justification or conclusion. They appear to have been left haphazard. Kajal’s character makes us keep guessing as what she’s all about till climax. There’s horror angle to the film as well. The film boldly deals with social issues like child abuse and LGBT.
Awe is different attempt that may serve a catalyst for ongoing paradigm shift of Telugu cinema. The film is more a thriller with serious tone that also offers a surprise philosophical touch. Ensemble star cast is the main asset of the film. Some fun evoked with Nani’s voiceover for fish and Ravi Teja’s for Bonsai tree. Priyadarshi as chef brings in some laughs.
Though the film is out-of-the-box, it could have been made more intriguing and packaged with some entertainment. Slow paced narration with too many lags kill the thrill. Audience are left in splits with no proper justification to characters.
Bottom-line: Awesome idea gone awry