Director: Prasanth Varma
Behind the Screens:
Natural Star Nani who is riding on back to back successes as a hero is trying his luck as a Producer with a film titled Awe. The movie is said to be a first of its kind in Tollywood is releasing today across the globe. Let us see how the movie has fared with the audience.
Awe is such type of story which is difficult to explain and should not be told to keep the suspense in tact. It is simply the story set in a Resto-Cafe where many characters like a chef, a couple who are yet to be married, a magician, a drug addict, a time traveller and a woman meet and their fate is interlinked without their involvement.
There are numerous characters in the film as it is an amalgamation of various stories. Some of the characters are very appealing and some are less appealing. Irrespective of that all the actors have pushed themselves to give their best. Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen, Regina Cassandra, Eesha Rebba, Srinivas Avasarala, Murli Sharma, Priyadarshi, Devadarshini and Baby Girl are impressive. Rohini, Pragathi, and CVL Narasimha Rao are okay in the supporting roles. Nani and Ravi Teja with their voices gave the much-needed push to the film.
Awe has rich technical values. The director Prashant Varma even though a newbie handled the story with great maturity. We get a feeling that he is heavily inspired by Hollywood film, James Mangold’s “Identity” but then in localizing it for Tollywood lies the real talent of the director. The screenplay is excellent but he should have taken care of the pace issues here and there. The camera work by Karthik is excellent and the music by Mark K Robin is very appealing. Editing is okay. Production Values are appropriate. Dialogues, Particularly to Ravi Teja, are hilarious
The first half of the film is all about introducing all the characters in the film. The story is told in the form of several threads gives you a feel of Chandamama Kathalu but the comparisons end there. In the process, the director touched several social concepts like LGBT Problems and Sexual Abuse. In the second half, when the director goes to the detailing of the complexities involved, the audience will get bored and confused. But then, the director pulled off an impressive climax.The voices of Nani and Ravi Teja were intelligently embedded in the story. The dialogues particularly those of Ravi Teja as a Bonsai Tree are hilarious. Awe is that kind of story which is path-breaking and different. But then, it goes slow at times and confuses the ordinary audience. It may appeal to that section who appreciates different cinema.
Awe – Path-Breaking but limited appeal!
Starring: Kajal Aggarwal, Regina Cassandra, Nitya Menen, Eesha Rebba, Murali Sharma, Avasarala Srinivas, Priyadarsi
Director: Prasanth Varma
Producer: Nani, Prasthanti Tipirneni
Music by: Mark K Robin
Cinematography: Karthik Ghattamaneni
Edited by: Goutham Nerusu
Production Company: Wall Poster Cinema
Release date: February 16th, 2018