Love by default is a complex emotion. Ramcharan Teja, along with his
director Bhaskar tries to explore this in Orange. Problem for
both of them is that this one comes after the blockbuster
Magadheera, and the director and the actor will have to keep up
with high expectations. The audio becoming a huge hit adds more to
their worries. Let’s see if Orange breaks the shackles of these
What’s it about:
Ram (Ramcharan Teja) lives in Australia with his sister (Manjula) and
brother in law (Sanjay Swaroop). He falls in love with Janu (Genelia),
a college going girl and is trying to woo her. Problem is Ram is
different. He likes sky diving, is a painter but prefers graffiti, is
a photographer but likes wild life photography. Quite romantic one
would think but, Ram is too straightforward for a girl’s liking. In
the process of making Janu fall for him, Ram tells her that he’s had
nine girl friends already. That wouldn’t be an issue too, but the
problem gets worse – Ram thinks that love is good only for some period
of time! Janu is in a fix - whether to accept Ram’s harsh truth about
how love fades over a period of a time or to stick to her point that
life-long love exists. The problem for her is that Ram is pretty
convincing. Even love stories of Janu’s friends, which seemed pretty
and nice in the beginning, seem to fall apart. However, Janu is one adamant girl, and
Ram, inspite of his weird theories, is very intense in love.
Orange tells who is right and who is wrong.
What is Good:
A film like Orange, which questions the validity of love is a
tough story to tell. Bhaskar should first get applause for choosing
this kind of story and Ramcharan too deserves a tap on shoulder to act
in this one. He is very convincing in his theory that over a period of
time, love between couple evaporates into thin air, and that most couples
have to resort to lies to stay in a relationship. He uses good songs,
and colorful visuals to communicate his theory.
As far as actors are concerned, both Ramcharan and Genelia look
million bucks. They not only compete with each other with their
expressions, but also end up winning hearts. Shazahn Padamsee looks
cute too, but her character isn’t too long to talk about her acting
abilities. Madhurima is there in a guest role too. Gayatri Rao of
Happy Days, Vennela Kishore don’t have big roles either, but
they do whatever they are given with conviction!
Actors like Prakash Raj, Prabhu, Manjula, Sanjay Swaroop do their bits
well, but it is Brahmanandam as Puppy, who gets more screen time than
each of these actors. He evokes maximum laughs in the theaters, and it
is by trying to convince him that the director tries to prove his
ideology. Naga Babu has a very small role, and he shows how subtlety
convinces more than loud theorizing. He is just terrific!
However, making a film such as this one is like walking on a tight
rope, and Bhaskar isn’t always successful with this.
What is bad:
The biggest problem in the movie is why Ram actually falls in love 10
times, when he himself says that he doesn’t believe that love doesn’t
last for long! The director carefully avoids this question, and weaves
a story to convince his point once, twice, again and again and again.
Also the director doesn’t establish why the heroine, even though she
is convinced with Ram’s theories, still wants to have a long lasting
Yes he questions today’s love stories but he doesn’t come up with a
solution other than Stephen Covey’s famous words – “Keep Loving”! Also
the problem never gets to its emotional reason, even with a hackneyed
flashback. The final reason why our hero starts to accept change is far from
On the whole, even though the beginning of the second half starts off
well, it becomes too long till the climax.
Cinematography by Rajasekhar is great. He uses Australia to the
maximum, and creates great visuals. He excels even in few scenes
that have been shot in Mumbai. Dialogues and screenplay are good, for
most part of the movie. Harris Jayaraj’s songs are a hit already, and
they are shot well. Re-recording adds a lot of feel to the movie.
Editing by Marthand K.Venkatesh is to the point. Few of Charan’s fans
might be disappointed the way his dances have been choreographed.
Fight scenes were mostly unnecessary and the skydiving fight is pure
Love, the way it is seen these days, needs to be questioned. However,
that doesn’t make any sense when such a topic is dealt with half baked
theories about it, formed because of one or two emotional situations.
This is Orange’s short coming, otherwise it is a good
entertainer, with good comedy and is over all a positive movie.
It's fate, however depends on how the so-called masses take it!