Story and Direction: Jothi Krishna
Behind the Screens
Gopichand who made a comeback to winning ways with his Loukyam in 2014 is back to the flops with his next films. Oxygen, his much-delayed film is finally releasing today. The delay ensured that the sheen of the film is lost but the actor pinned his hopes on the movie to bring him into winning ways. Let us see how the movie, Oxygen fared with the audience.
Raghupathi (Jagapathi Babu) is a village head in Rajamahendravaram and he is being hounded by two enemies who pose a threat to his family. As there is a life threat to his brothers and daughter, he makes sure that they do not come out of the house. He decides to marry his daughter, Shruti (Rashi Khanna) to Krishna Prasad (Gopichand) an NRI and send her to the USA. But then Shruti does not want to leave the village and tries to evade the alliance in different ways. But Krishna Prasad impresses the family and when the marriage plans are on, the enemies attack and the rest is all about how Krishna Prasad saves them.
Gopichand is seen in a dual shade character in the film. He is seen as a silent boy in the first half and unleashes his action side in the second. He did a good job in the second half than the first. Rashi Khanna is glamorous as always while Anu Emmanuel is more of a guest role. Jagapathi Babu also has dual shades to his role. He looked elegant in the Panchakattu. Ali managed few laughs. Kick Shaam and Abhimanyu Singh are okay in their routine roles.
Jothi Krishna came up with a good concept but the commercial treatment of the story is only partly worked. His inexperience is evident. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s Background score is better than the music album. The song about the greatness of Telugu is good but the item song is disappointing. Camera work is good while editing should have been better. Action Sequences will appeal to the masses and production values are okay.
Oxygen is a Commercial film with the Interval Twist being the heart of the story. It brings a new twist to the story which is seen like a romantic film until then. The director chose to touch a social concept in the second half and we almost get a feel watching two different films. The ill-effects of smoking are shown very well. The first half is boring and the second half is too predictable without any twists and goes on a routine formula. Entertainment quotient is also not up to the mark. It would have been a good film if the director worked better on the script.
Oxygen – Routine Mass Masala
Cast: Gopichand, Rashi Khanna, Anu Emmanuel and Others
Story, Direction, and Screenplay: AM Jothi Krishna
Producer: S Aishwarya
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Editor: SB Uddhav
Banner: Sri Sairam Creations
Release Date: November 30th, 2017