It was a month ago when the theatres had opened on all states except Maharashtra when a certain Telugu film was making waves. There were a lot of praises for the film named Love Story Starring Naga Chaitanya and Sai Pallavi. And finally this movie makes it to the Aha app and I have just finished watching it. As they say epic love stories are those that you feel for the leads and root for them throughout. That said, is Love Story worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Love Story follows the story of a guy and a girl who happen to fall in love after moving to the big city. The story may not be very novel but it certainly has a lot of emotions and effervescence that are key ingredients for a love story. The screenplay standing at more than 150 minutes might seem daunting but it truely passes off like a breeze. The first few minutes is a build up and gives us a sneak peek into the childhood of the protagonist up until his journey to the big city. And slowly with the introduction of the other protagonist, the love story begins and you know that you are in for a treat. The sensitivity and frothy texture against a light hearted yet impactful narrative is just so amazing to watch. Even some of the social evils including a serious act of crime is delicately tackled. It is usually at the halfway mark where films like these generally derail with the focus shifting on the families and their backgrounds. But this is where the film scores. After a brief note on the parents in the village the film again shifts its base to the main city. The dramatic last 30 minutes(sometimes melodramatic too) is when the tension is built up with subtle twists culminating into a final act which was good but a tad too simple and rushed. It almost seemed as if the writers were running out of time and they just looked to end it. But overall a brilliant screenplay that leaves in several places with a smile on your face.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are poignant and thoughtful and instantly connect with you. The music is fabulous and just sets the tone for the mood of the film, the BGM is great too and blends well with the drama. Director Sekhar Kammula does an excellent job adding so many emotions to the story which does play a role in engaging the audience. Some of the sequences are extremely well executed and the direction deserves distinction marks.
The performances are fabulous. Rajeev Kanakala as Narasimham is intimidating and impactful in a slightly underwritten role. All the other actors are good but it is the lead pair of Naga Chaitanya and Sai Pallavi that score. The former as Revanth has a likable quality to him right from the start. The emotions that he brings to the table are unreal in a memorable outing. Sai Pallavi as Mounika is one of my favourite actors doing the rounds. Not only is she naturally radiant but an excellent actor. She literally lives every beat of her character. The chemistry between the two is infectitious and there are many moments including the caste and religion angle that I found quite relevant and relatable.
Love Story is really a beautifully crafted love story that really leaves an impact. Available on Aha and Highly Recommended.