Movie Review: Tholi Prema
Cast: Varun Tej, Raashi Khanna, Priyadarsi, Naresh, Suhasini & Others.
Music: SS Thaman
Cinematography: George C.Williams
Producer: BVSN Prasad
Story, Screenplay & Direction: Venky Atluri
Release Date: 10th of February 2018
Varun Tej scored his career best hit with 'Fidaa'. Once again, He preferred the genre which proved lucky for him. Venky Atluri who acted in films such as 'Sneha Geetham' and 'Gnapakam' turned director with 'Tholi Prema'. What does this love story offer?
Aditya (Varun Tej) falls head over heels for Varsha (Raashi Khanna) upon meeting her accidentally at a railway station. Even Varsha have a positive impression on Aditya. Later, They both join the same college & their bonding gets stronger. At the time when everything was happening so smoothly, A clash leads to their break-up and they both move on from that phase. Finally, These Ex-Lovers meet after a gap of six years. Watch 'Tholi Prema' to know what's the reason behind their separation and how did they unite again!
Varun Tej impresses yet again as a Lover Boy. He showed good ease while essaying the role of Aditya and presented two shades (Aggressive Youth & Matured Man) in his character beautifully.
This is undoubtedly career-best role for Raashi Khanna. Yet again, She proved how crucial the role of Heroine is gonna be for Love Stories. Raashi made good use of the ample scope in her character to steal the show.
Priyadarsi is just alright. Naresh and Suhasini acted as per the requirement.
Technicians stood as a backbone for 'Tholi Prema' by working in tandem. Thaman's Music and George C.Williams Camera Work are simply marvelous. All the songs have been refreshing and even BGM is superb. Cinematography created the required mood for love story with his expertise. Production Values are awesome. Venky Atluri makes a promising debut. The freshness audience expect from a debutante could be seen in 'Tholi Prema'. He left a mark of his own in designing the roles of lead pair and making the proceedings enjoyable. A lot of effort has gone into the script work & it did pay off well. Of course, Second Half could have been slightly different. Overall, Venky Atluri creates a good impact.
Intense Love Stories haven't been preferred by Filmmakers in the past decade or so due to drastic change in the mindset of People. Present-Day Youth mayn't receive concepts based on 'First Love' and 'Pure Love' so well. This is why not many Love Stories have been releasing since few years.
Movie Lovers treat Pawan Kalyan's 'Tholi Prema' like a classic even Today why because they are able to connect with the genuine emotions. Still, Varun Tej dared to choose the same title and he wouldn't regret doing so even after the release. This Venky Atluri-directorial is a rare film but that doesn't mean it doesn't have any flaws. Ultimately, People walk out of theatres with a feeling of watching a heart-touching Love Story. This movie has got its own speciality though comparisons can't be drawn with PK's Tholi Prema.
Actually, The story of 'Tholi Prema' isn't new at all. We have seen the love-hate-patch up concept in plenty of films including 'Fidaa' & 'Oohalu Gusagusalaade' in the past. Still, Novelty in presentation & feel-good factor does the trick. Lead Pair has done a terrific job in their respective roles and they could always be proud of their priceless contributions. Music & Camera Work has just elevated the impact to the next level.
First Half of 'Tholi Prema' is thoroughly impressive. The romance & break-up scene was handled very well. On the flip side, Second Half appears a tad too routine and audience could easily guess what's gonna happen next. Whereas, No outright boring sequences could be found though there is a bit of lag. Once again, Good feel has been generated in Climax to compensate the shortcomings. Overall, 'Tholi Prema' is a must-watch for those who embrace love stories. Releasing such a feel-good movie ahead of Valentine's Day gonna pay off well.
Bottom Line: Feel The Fragrance of First Love!