Direction : Bommarillu Bhaskar
Production : PVP Cinema
Starring : Arya, Sri Divya, Bobby Simha, Rana Daggubati, Parvathy, Raai Laxmi
Music : Gopi Sunder
Cinematography :K. V. Guhan
Editing : Marthand K. Venkatesh
Cousins are always bliss and to be putting up together at times of hard moments and then celebrating together is the beauty of life. So many beautiful instances have been portrayed in Bangalore Naatkal, directed by Bommarillu Bhaskar, a remake of super hit Malayalam movie ‘Bangalore Days’ that featured the Malayalam young superstars like Dulquer Salman, Fahadh Faasil, Nivin Pauly, Nithya Menen, Parvathy, Nazriya Nazim and Isha Talwar in lead roles.
The remake version brings Arya, Sri Divya, Bobby Simha, Rana Daggubati, Parvathi, Samantha and Raai Laxmi in lead characters.
Arya, Sri Divya and Bobby Simha – These cousins have always had a long run dream of enjoying their blast in Bangalore. As they grow older, they manage to have their own reasons for locating into Bengaluru. Sri Divya gets married to Rana Daggubati, Arya finds a mechanic expert job at racing club and Bobby Simha at a software company, all happening in Bengaluru. The story revolves around their encounters and finding new love and life together.
Lots of star-cast and it’s quite a complicated task to delineate and analysis their performances. Arya looks to be a perfect replacement for Dulquer Salman role in original version. He fits the role as a devil may care attitude guy and yes, he scores better. Bobby Simha turns out to be a mismatch in the character. Sri Divya has tried her best in not letting the shades of Nazriya Nazim and tries to be naturalistic. Rana Daggubati is apt and does what is required for the role. Parvathy is the absolute showstopper in this movie as she delivers a ne plus ultra show. Samantha appears in a cameo and not much to talk about her. Prakash Raj appears in couple of scenes, spells out the emotions and gains our sympathy. Saranya Ponvannan as a west-toxic mom is cool and hilarious. Raai Laxmi looks too aged and her makeover should have been better. The makers have could have at least roped in Isha Talwar to reprise her role.
It’s really hard to handle a huge star-cast and the drama to be told convincingly. The first half proceeds with lively and enjoyable moments. During the second half, the momentum slightly drops down as more prominence goes into emotional context, which slightly turned into a melodrama. The running length actually becomes a hurdle out there. Musical score by Gopi Sunder is appreciable and his background score is what it makes more enhanced. Cinematography by V.C. Guhan gets a rich and splendid tone. Bommarillu Bhaskar has replicated the same scenes from original version not making any major changes. He has tried to slightly modify the nature of Arya from Dulquer Salman…
1. A whole bunch of huge star-cast
2. Background score
3. Parvathy performance
What doesn’t work?
1. Second half slightly sluggish and lengthy
On the whole, Bangalore Naatkal caters to the tastes of multiplex audiences as it carries feel good movie ingredients.
Verdict : Beautifying nostalgias and memories with cousins
Rating : 4.5/10
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