This may not be the greatest movie ever made but it’s certainly one of the weirdest. Apparently this is what passes for a bedtime story in the Rajamouli household: Nani loves his neighbour Bindhu, even though she’s been giving him the cold shoulder for two years. When sleazy entrepreneur Sudeep (Sudeepa) makes a sizeable donation to her non-profit and starts putting on the charm, he recognizes that Nani is a serious rival and beats him to death.Reincarnated as a housefly, Nani seeks to avenge his murder. Yes, we will say that again: Reincarnated as a housefly, Nani seeks to avenge his murder.
Rajamouli (who also came up with the scenario and screenplay) takes this premise at face value and proceeds to develop it with remorseless logic. Nani the fly can’t speak, he doesn’t have super powers. But he can make a real nuisance of himself. Especially when Sudeep is driving. Or trying to sleep. Or any time he feels like it.
Incorporating animation and embracing the challenges of capturing a fly’s point of view (fly-cam?), Rajamouli appears to have had as much fun making this crazy revenge movie as we do watching it.
Hugely entertaining… great, non-stop, universal fun.
Shubhra Gupta, The Indian Express
Vijayendra Prasad, S.S. Rajamouli
Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
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