Direction: Bharat Kamma
Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Rashmika Mandanna, Charu Haasan, and others
Banner: Mythri Movie Makers, Big Ben Cinemas
Dialogues: Jay Krishna
Music: Justin Prabhakaran
Cinematography: Sujith Sar
Editor: Sreejith Sarang
Action: G Murali
Producers: Naveen Yerneni, Ravi Shankar Yalamanchili, Mohan Cherukuri (CVM), Yash Rangineni
Vijay Deverakonda is back under directorial debut of Bharat Kamma’s Dear Comrade. After entertaining the audience with films like Arjun Reddy and Geeta Govindam, Dear Comrade is considered like litmus test fr Vijay, believe the industry insiders. Notably, Vijay left no stone unturned in promoting the film, be it from teaser launch to the Dear Comrade music anthem held across the South states. So has the director Bharat Kamma and Vijay tasted success?
Chaitanya alias Bobby (Vijay Deverakonda) is a college student with revolutionary ideas. Bobby, a college student in Kakinada, due to his anger management issues, more often than not, ends up with college fights. Aparna Devi alias Lilly (Rashmika Mandanna) is a state-level cricket player. Lily, comes to Kakinada for her cousin’s wedding, falls in love for Bobby. But due to his anger issues, the two fall out. Unable to bear the sour ending and Lilly leaving him, Bobby turns into an insane person. He spends his three years of life away from his family as a nomad.
Bobbytiring to forget his pain lands up in Hyderabad for a project. He then comes across Lilly. He then learns about her battling from mental issues and also her giving up her sports – cricket. He comes to know that, the chairman of the Cricket Association is responsible for Lily’s health. What does Bobby do with this? Does Lilly take up her passion cricket again? Or not? That’s the rest of the story.
Vijay Deverakonda nailed his role yet again. As a student leader, as a lover, and as a depressed soul he nailed all the shades of his character. The audience may get reminded of Arjun Reddy at times. Rashmika Mandanna as Lilly si equally good. She shined in not only in romantic scenes but in emotional scenes as well. However, one can come across the trouble in dubbing as here and there lines go haywire. considering it to be multi-lingual films, we also get to see artistes who are not familiar to Telugu audience.
A man with a non-conformist ideology falls in love. The film, Dear Comrade, is about Bobby who dangles between his anger to love emotions. The film has a strong plot talking about sexual harassment at the workplace. Bharat Kamma picked up a novel idea but fails in narration putting you off at many times with its lengthy slow pace.
The director used first half in showing Bobby and his heroism. He established the love tale and holds the crucial message for the second half. The second one seems to be too stretched. The film has some realistic scenes, locations and emotional scenes which are impressive. Bharat went for poetic style narration which may not appease a certain section of the audience.
The second hero of Dear Comrade is Justin Prabhakaran’s music. The score and lyrics are a visual feast. Cinematography is another added advantage. In addition to the beauty of Kerala, the visuals of road scenes in the North are also impressive. Would have been nice if the editor had been more crisp at the editing table.
Vijay Deverakonda, Rashmika