1 out of 5 (Poor)
'Idi Premakatha Kadu' is simply a waste of time.
Haricharan Pudipeddi Mon, 22 Aug 2011
RGV films always create hullabaloo. Be it his signature films such as the 'Bhai' stories from the underbelly
of Mumbai or loud ghost stories, all have always been in the news rousing controversy. And so is this film, which even before going on floors produced controversial debate around it.
Anusha Chawla (Mahie Gill), an aspiring actress after series of rejections, finally lands a role in a Bollywood film with the support of the casting director, Ashish (Ajay Gehi). Anusha back home has a psychotic, over obsessive boyfriend, Robin (Deepak Dobriyal), who when finds out about the intimate relationship between Anusha and Ashish, he impetuously stabs the latter to death, butchers him into smaller pieces and disposes it in wilderness. What follows is the investigation by cops and hunt for real culprits.
The film portrays the lead couple as partners in crime but not as partners in love and thus the title "Idi Premakatha Kadu'. Only Ramu could ever attempt and change something that is complex into tedious.
The film fabricates intensity initially but fails to last long. The buildup in the first half, the pre-slaughter period is dull and boring. Ramu has the knack of creating brief moments of triumph; these are moments that will make you put your hands together for the director, and there are also moments which will irk you to the core. This film is unfortunately blessed with several moments of the latter type. I doubt if the director has some kind of problem with his camera, as it is never-stationary. The camera doesn't move in scenes but actually pans at great speed, as if someone swinging a tennis racquet.
The initial set up of the film was already known to everybody. Therefore there is hardly any factor that interests the audience and keeps them hooked on to their seats. The director's offering to the audience always changes from film to film with little or no similarity at all. RGV believes in novelty which unfortunately except him nobody could ever see in his film. Unlike Rakht Charitra, also inspired from real life events, 'Idi Premakatha Kadu' doesn't have a heart and thus falls way short than the former. RGVs brilliance is never to be seen at all.
Technically the film failed to deliver anything extraordinary. Performance wise everybody did brilliantly
without a doubt, especially Mahie Gill, who over-lived the character and made everybody associate her with the real life character itself. Deepak Dobriyal aka Robin instills fear into the minds of audience with his neurotic acting. Had only RGV made this film originally, instead of lifting from a real life event; this film would have been interesting enough to watch. And neither did the director try to deviate from the real events thus the film failed miserably.
'Idi Premakatha Kadu' is simply a waste of time. If you're really keen on watching RGV at his best then I recommend you to watch "Rakht Charitra", even if you have watched it already.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
1 out of 5 (Poor)