2 out of 5 (Okay)
Snehitudu is a passable copy of 3 Idiots that has barely anything innovative to offer. The film definitely doesn't live up to the original.
Haricharan Pudipeddi Sun, 29 Jan 2012
The film that originally made millions go gaga and laugh until their jaws dropped turns out to be a passable attempt by Shankar and his team in Tamil and Telugu. Shankar shamelessly copies 3 Idiots frame-to-frame much to everybody's disgust. It's ironical that a film that was originally considered a satirical attempt on Indian education system, actually promotes plagiarism.
The film narrates the story of 3 friends in an engineering college and how one among them actually makes an extra effort to help and realize the other friends' dreams.
The film manages to appeal only one set of audience; youth, besides them it doesn't make any impact to the other category of the audience. The story remains the same and therefore it needs not be discussed. People who've watched the original will try to compare every scene, which is quite normal.
Performances wise everybody was mediocre. The reason the remake didn't appeal as much as the original is because everybody in the remake tried to imitate the characters from original. For example, Vijay copied every bit of Aamir's expression, mannerisms and so did Jiiva, who imitated Sharman bit by bit. Srikanth who played Madhavan in the remake was no close to the original stellar performance by the latter. Illeana brings entertainment to the table in the form of sleaziness. She seems to have lost lot of weight for the film, which is clearly visible through her sumptuous body and figure. Shankar definitely didn't put his heart in this project and simply seem to have picked bits and pieces from the original, made it look visually appealing and presented it with a different cast.
Music by Harris is bland and few songs actually remind us of songs from the original. 'All is well' song is reprised as 'Heartiley Battery' and it barely sounds as good and funny as the original. Dialogues by Ravi were totally horrible, as they didn't sync well with the lip movement. Lyrics by Sirivennla and team were just above average, nothing extraordinary.
In one line, 'Snehitudu' gives you the feeling of dejÃ vu. However, the experience this time around is completely different than the last one.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
2 out of 5 (Okay)