Makkhi – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 13, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Sai Korrapati
DIRECTOR – S S Rajamouli
WRITER – S S Rajamouli, Janardhan Maharshi
CAST – Sudeep, Nani, Samantha
MUSIC – M. M. Keeravani
Between inspiration and absurdity lies a thin of line of imagination. Imagination weaves the surreal around the real creating an experience that is original as well as lasting. The premise of Makkhi, S. S. Rajamouli’s film (dubbed into Hindi from his Telugu film ‘Eega’) is a curious mix of both inspiration and absurdity into a package that is as conventional and brow-beaten as they come.
An already super-hit regional film, Makkhi is about a man, a woman and a re-incarnated fly. The man Sudeep (Sudeep) is a rich, spoilt Casanova whose latest fascination Bindu (Samantha Prabhu) ignores his advances because she is in love with her next door neighbor Nani (Naani). In a fit of arrogant rage, Sudeep kills Nani who re-incarnates into a fly, his soul immediately translocating into an egg of a fly being born at that time. Aware of Sudeep’s not-so-honourable intentions with regards Bindu, Nani’s soul in the form of a fly takes it upon himself to save Bindu at the same time take revenge for his own murder.
On the face of it, this seems like an interesting premise but behind that is a regular revenge triangle drama with one character a fly instead of a human. The fly has human sensibilities (and even spoofs Bollywood stars in a dance sequence) and a human mission. In this context, all the film does is present a very well-animated insect doing everything a human would do but within the trappings of its fly-existence. Besides this, the film uses the tried and tested regional commercial cinema tropes of romance, drama and action informing itself of a staid old-world language that is neither heart-warming nor nostalgic in its expression.
The sensibilities of regional commercial cinema of the South are different from the sensibility that defines Bollywood. No doubt, both are garish, loud and keenly over-the-top but directly set in a Hindi language speaking scenario, the dubbed film comes across as tacky and insistently simplistic. Length and brevity is not a priority either. However, it holds onto good old story-telling conventions and serves a tight and engaging dramatic piece but as a lasting experience it falls way short. Sudeep and Samantha invest enough heart and conviction into their performances, the latter balancing an attractive façade with the sobriety of her role. Sudeep, a charismatic performer though trips on this balance more than once. Coupled with his tad rough personality and a very badly dubbed Hindi voice-over he makes a good villain but at times he simply adds to the film’s tackiness and absurdity. Universal entertainment can surely do better than this.