We are once again staring at the weekend and once again the news isn’t great. The Covid-19 cases are yet again at an all time high and it is a similar situation that we had last year, only this time it is all the more worse. So it is time to stay indoors once again and watch some lovely new movies. And let us at Popcorn Reviewss serve you the best of the best. So I have just finished watching the Telugu film Uppena on Netflix. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Uppena is the story of a rich girl falling in love with a poor boy against the wishes of her strict father. The story is an age old formula that has been recycled continuously across various languages too. But it is the treatment that is fresh. The screenplay in the first hour is a little slow paced that introduces the audience to the characters and their world around amidst a love story that gently blossoms(although far too superficial for my liking). The fun begins around the middle when the couple are on the run. A few twists and turns will keep you engaged throughout as you see yourself rooting for the couple. But the twist at the end is what makes your watch really worthwhile. I did not see it coming and it was a good one. Overall a decently well penned screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are massy and cater to the front benchers. I can imagine it garnering whistles and claps in a packed theatre especially the ones of Vijay Sethupati. The music is excellent and I really enjoyed the soundtrack, the BGM is good too. A special mention of the cinematography that is absolutely breathtaking capturing the beautiful beaches of the village of Andhra and also each city where the couple visit while on the run. Director Buchi Babu Sana does an impressive job keeping the viewers engaged in a story which was predictable on paper.
All the performances range from good to excellent. Vijay Sethupati as Rayanam is intimidating and he is such a natural actor that he can evoke that sense of fear without much effort. What top class acting. Krithi Shetty as Sangeeta looks so cute with that disarming and charming smile. And she does a commendable job here. I wish to watch more of her in the future. Panja Vaisshnav Tej as Aasi has all the makings of a superstar. He is pretty good in the first half and he keeps getting better as his character begins to get vulnerable in the second hour. He is one to watch out for going ahead.
Although it lacks novelty, Uppena is a heartfelt story and another winner from the Telugu Industry that is well worth your time. Available On Netflix.