TAD13 Review: Eega
Wow. I mean, wow! I hadn’t even planned on seeing S.S. Rajamouli’s Eega at the Toronto After Dark 2013 festival, but I’m so very glad that I did. Part Bollywood musical, part Pixar-like bug’s-eye view, part revenge thriller, Eega has the kind of fabulous film genre blending that makes me happy.
Nani has been mooning over a girl named Bindhu for quite some time, convinced (correctly) that she returns his affection. Just as their fun, teasing courtship begins to blossom, beautiful Bindhu comes to the attention of Sudeep, a wealthy playboy who is used to getting what he wants. When Bindhu shows no interest in Sudeep, he blames Nani and responds like the spoiled brat he is, choking the life out of Nani and insinuating himself into Bindhu’s world. Surprise plot twist: Nani’s spirit is reincarnated as a housefly! The sweet Bollywood romantic musical is over, and Nani (as a fly), knowing that Bindhu is in danger from Sudeep, begins an absolutely phenomenal campaign of revenge. And revenge is sweet.
Almost everything in this movie is over the top. It fairly explodes with music and bright, brilliant colours. In terms of the acting, Eega is no nuanced character study; the bad guys are really bad, and the good guys really good. Kiccha Sudeepa, who plays Sudeep, provides a particularly satisfying performance, fully embracing his role as evil, smarmy creep – complete with soap-opera-worthy glares. But a film with such an outrageous premise only works because the actors have thrown themselves into it with such relish, and because the filmmakers didn’t scrimp on the CGI or special effects.
This is a movie that made me laugh all the way through it, root for the good guy, and break into spontaneous applause every time Nani the fly put one over on Sudeep. Inventive, hilarious, and thoroughly enjoyable, you get the distinct feeling that everyone involved in making this movie had as much fun as the audience did watching it. I think this film may be one that I have to own, just so I can share the fun with others.
Gallery of Images from Eega