Whether or not you like Bollywood films is irrelevant in this case because this movie defies any single categorization. It's a comedy, love story, tale of revenge, bug movie with a musical number. To add that the main protagonist is a housefly in love with a woman and trying to protect her from a murderer makes this one of the most unexpectedly extraordinary and enjoyable movies to hit the screen. Eega
(Telugu for "fly") is the must-see genre film of the year, in no small part because it mixes together so many, including fantasy, sci-fi and romance.
Nani (Nani) has loved Bindhu (Samantha Ruth Prabhu) for many years, patiently waiting for the day she would return his affections and taking each of her rejections in stride. But Sudeep (Sudeep), a womanizing crime boss, has also set his sights on her and is used to getting what he wants. When he realizes Nani stands in the way of his satisfaction, he kills him. But Nani is reincarnated into a housefly that vows revenge against his murderer.
As ridiculous as it sounds, it only gets crazier. When Bindhu recognizes Nani's soul in the insect, she uses her skills as a micro-artist to build him a tiny domicile. When he explains his mission (think Lassie relating Timmy has fallen down the well), she agrees to help avenge his untimely demise. To prepare for the battle, the housefly embarks on a regiment parallel to a Rocky montage. And the list of amusing absurdities goes on to include goggles, a date and much more.
Those that have seen the director's cut are shocked to find key moments of the picture missing. Though it turned the three-hour venture into a still weighty two-and-a-half hours, it's not worth it according to insiders. Besides, the audience becomes so absorbed in the movie that time becomes imperceptible. .
Aesthetically there's no doubt this film was produced in India. The dialogue is a combination of English and Telugu (a dialect of Southern India). The color palette is vibrant, the smiles big, the scenarios outrageous and the love story epic. The special effects have been applauded worldwide as the animated star often steals the spotlight.
One can only hope its international festival success will result in a similarly wide home release because everyone should have the chance to see this picture.
screened as a part of the 2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Directors: S.S. Rajamouli
and J.V.V. Sathyanarayana
and Samantha Ruth Prabhu