BOTTOM LINE: A Bloated And Artificial Anthology Barring One
Rating: 2.5 /5
Skin N Swear: Plenty Of Cuss Words
|Platform: Netflix||Genre: Drama|
What Is the Story About?
Pitta Kathalu is an anthology movie. Four young talented upcoming directors of Telugu cinema helm the different shorts that have a common theme of love. It is wrapped with a different overall theme in various settings.
So, we have a love story in a small town, a power couple struggling with love in high society, a young entrepreneur geek falling for the illusion of love in a dystopian future and finally a woman trying hard to hold on to the love of a husband who is moving away. They all come with exciting themes and ends.
The movie comprises several known faces. We have Manchu Lakshmi to start things off in Ramula. She plays a conniving political woman who has no morals and would go to any length to get what she wants. She is cast right for the part, but there is nothing else in terms of the act to create a strong impact.
It is the smaller relatively unknown faces in Ramula who instantly register and impress. Saanve Megghana and Abhay Bethiganti are terrific. They create compelling character through their natural, lively performances.
Jagapathi Babu overacts like there is no tomorrow. It can be safely said he hasn’t gone this far in any of his movies, so far. It is irritating to watch him, and that is not all due to the characterisation. Amala Paul is okay, but even she too doesn’t come across natural fit to the setting.
Sanjith Hegde is a perfect choice for the young geek part. He does it decently, but somehow the impact is missing. He still looks frail and doesn’t bring forth the wickedness needed for the role. Shruti Haasan goes about her usual, and is rather predictable, in her performance.
Satyadev and Esha Rebba played a couple in a thriller previously. They play husband and wife again, here. They look lovely together and share decent chemistry, but it has not been utilised. Srinivas Avasarala is wasted.
Tharun Bhascker’s Ramula kicks off the proceedings in grand style. Within a few minutes, we are entirely immersed in the world of Ramula. It looks natural, with lively characters and is bustling with energy in each frame.
Without any doubt, it can be felt that Tharun Bhascker is improving rapidly in his command over the cinematic medium. There is visible confidence on the screen, which is palpable if one has followed him from his short film days.
The story of Ramula itself offers nothing new. There is a cruel twist of fate which is neatly tied to the females in the story. More than the ‘story’ it is the writing and performances that dominate the proceedings and make it worthwhile.
Meera by Nandini Reddy is the most generic of the lot offering nothing new. It is the definition of pretentious stuff. Everything comes across so wannabe from the setting to the dialogues (with liberal usage of cuss words). There is a core point here related to a writer (and the writer’s imagination), which is intriguing and could have been integrated thrillingly. But, it is only a distraction, and we get the routine, predictable stuff.
xLife from Nag Ashwin is ambitious in its scale but predictable in thought. Also, it misses the point in an effort not to be tacky. The core message is relatable, and yet it feels vastly unfulfilling watch.
Finally, Pinky from Sankalp Reddy offers a compelling juxtaposition between a husband (man) and wife (woman), straight-up and in reverse, but does nothing beyond it. One is left with many questions and no answers the way it ends.
Overall, Pitta Kathalu is a passable fare for the talents involved. They pick interesting themes and make unique choices, but it doesn’t get the desired result barring one.
Music and Other Departments?
Much like the different shorts, the music in Ramula by Vivek Sagar stands out. It is lovely and easily likeable in a typical style by the music director. The cinematography is decent overall, across all the films. The editing is smooth in a couple of shorts (Ramula, xLife). The writing is jarring, no doubt, with jumping locations and settings.
Writing (Barring Ramula)
No Emotional Connect
Predictability Loudness (Meera)
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, Barring Few Parts
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, But With Huge Reservations
Pitta Kathalu Review by Binged Bureau