Awe Telugu Movie Review and Rating
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Actors: Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menon, Regina Cassandra, Eesha Rebba, Srinivas Avasarala, Murali Sharma, Rohini, Priyadharshi, Nani, Raviteja.
Director: Prashanth Varma
Production: Nani, Prashanti Tipirneni
Music: Mark K. Robin
Cinematography: Karthik Ghattamaneni
Editor: Goutham Nerusu
The moment the news broke out that ‘Natural Star’ Nani is producing a film, it raised expectations for the film. Despite his stint as a star hero, currently having a golden time in his career, Nani opted to try the ‘Production’ too. What’s more shocking is, the film marks the debut of a director, and that too a film with no commercial elements. What is the story that made Nani produce the film? Is it possible to make a Telugu film without commercial elements? Let’s know about them!
There is absolutely no story in Awe. Indeed, it is the lives of the ‘character’ that we see on the screen. How to live and not to live? Way to die? If we continue telling about the list, it is endless. Frankly, trying to make a motion picture on this concept itself is a great achievement, but Prashant Varma not only made the film but also impressed everyone.
Awe starts off in an ultra-modern food court, with a Lesbian couple (Eesha Rebba and Nithya Menen) trying to convince their parents for their marriage. Then comes a woman (Kajal) filled with animosity, who plans to commit suicide and kill others. A drug addict waitress (Regina) is feeling low after her boyfriend asks her to help him in a burglary. We have the restaurant owner (Pragathi) who is busy convincing an investor to further expand the business. A little brave and gutsy girl, the owner’s daughter, wishes to extend her help to the needy around her.
Parallelly, there is the magician (Murali Sharma) who feels he is the best in the world. An unemployed young lad (Priyadarshi) works as a chef, thanks to YouTube. To him are two friends, the fish (Nani) and the tree (Ravi Teja).
Interestingly, our final character, a watchman (Avasarala Srinivas) who wishes to become a great scientist one day, and go to his parents. The food court becomes the testimony of the lives of all these characters. So what happened next? How are all these connected? To watch more, watch Awe on the big screen.
For a change, the success of the film isn’t actually on how the film is. It depends upon the ability of an average Telugu audience to understand the sub-plots and sub-thoughts within each character. Frankly speaking, director Prashant Varma won the moment, Nani got convinced on hearing the script and came forward to produce the movie. Given the complexity and depth of each individual character, the director nailed it to perfection on the screen. On a simple note, the director transformed the entire universe into a small food court, with billion feelings, built among the 10 characters.
Each character makes deep inroads into feelings and emotions. Be it the lesbian couple, the suicidal woman, or the fish and the tree. If someone asks to come up with a single word to define the film, it is an infusion; evolving from deep hardened and subtle human emotions.
If someone is well-versed with our ancient scriptures, they can truly find the inner meaning of the film. A human thought is hardly comparable when we compare ourselves to the unending universe. At the same time, in every human’s mind, there is an entire universe. This is the same philosophy one can come across with the Shaivite ‘Advaithva’ philosophy. Similar, the lines from Lord Sri Krishna’s Bhagavad Gita ‘Asathoma Sadgamaya… Tamasoma Jyothirgamaya… Mruthyormam Amruthangamaya…’ If there is anyone after the director Prashant Varma to be appreciated, it is the producer ‘Natural Star’ Nani. The hero truly deserves a special mention for making a dream into reality.
Coming to the performances, the cast excelled in their respective characters. Besides the lead cast performance, the voice over from Nani (for the fish) and Ravi Teja (for the tree) bring that extra flair to the movie. On a whole, the film is a sheer dream of the director. Just as Nani said, the film may or may not be liked by the Telugu audience presently. But there will be a day, where everyone will like this film.
Nevertheless, just like they say, the understanding of Bhagavad Gita is purely dependent on the interpreter’s mental ability and stability. The same is even with ‘Awe’.
Telugu Bullet Punchline: You will be Awestruck with AWE!