Release date: 26 November 2010.
123Telugu.com Rating : 3.25/5
Director : Bhaskar
Music Director : Harris Jayaraj
Producer : Naga Babu
Starring : Ram Charan Teja, Genelia Dsouza, Shazahn Padamsee, Bramanandam, Suman, Kishore , Brahmanandam and others
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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 expectations.

 Orange 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 love.

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 convincing.

On the whole, even though the beginning of the second half starts off well, it becomes too long till the climax.

Technical Departments: 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 indulgence.

Final Point: 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!


123Telugu.com Rating : 3.25/5

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