Paagal Movie Review : A quirky love storey with a flimsy plot.
Story: Prem has loved 1600 girls to date, but none of them has returned his feelings. Will he ever find the type of love he desires?
Review: It's an age-old story about Indian guys and their problems with their mothers. When it comes to boys in real life and on-screen characters, you've probably heard the phrase "amma la chuskovali." Only they can figure out why someone would want their mate to be a carbon replica of their parents. It helps if the characters in question have traumatic pasts that at the very least explain their problems. Naresh Kuppili doesn't simply look at a boy's pure love for his mother; he goes even further and puts it into a desire to find such love in someone else. Is it, however, enough to fill a 2-hour-18-minute film?
Prem (Vishwak Sen) lost his mother (Bhumika Chawla) to cancer when he was still quite young. The boy who was constantly (and sometimes literally) shielded by her saree pallu is now confronted with an unpleasant truth. Even years after his mother's death, he is advised to locate a girl who will love him unreservedly as only his mother did. He starts out on a hunt across Hyderabad and Vizag, passing through women of varied shapes, sizes, and ages, desperate to experience that warmth and comfort once more in a lonely world. There's also a politician named Raji (Murli Sharma) who he woos like any other lover, but not for the reasons you might expect.
Paagal is a clumsy, overdrawn love storey with a thin plot to guide you through it. Prem would jump off trains for some girls and shout across the street for others because he has a Mani Ratnam film fantasy that needs to be fulfilled. Despite going above and above, the man can't seem to get a break. He even makes wooing girls a full-time career, yet they always manage to find a way to crush his heart. Maybe if he didn't pursue them like he was in a 90s movie, it might help? While the whole cliché of him referring to everyone he meets as his girlfriend becomes tiresome after a while, Naresh takes it a step further by writing jokes that fat-shame normal-looking people and refer to them as "ugly," in addition to homophobic dialogues that confound gays and hijras. It's 2021; it's time to get educated and use that search engine.
Paagal, on the other hand, has redeeming traits. Despite the problematic stereotypes, the film, and you, never take themselves too seriously. Even Prem, forget the movie, never takes himself too seriously, brushing off his intellect and moving forward till he finds what he requires. You even let out a chuckle now and again at the absurdity of it all. The film takes an emotional turn in the second half, ending on a cliffhanger just before the intermission, and you wonder if that's something you signed up for.There, played by Nivetha Pethuraj, gives the film some much-needed emotional depth and establishes by the film's climax that she's just as Paagal as our child – it's a match made in heaven. There's even an old-school dating guideline that prohibits touching, embracing, or kissing. Vishwak, too, gives it his best, completely immersed in his role. On-screen, he's just Prem after a time. This couple's chemistry is just beautiful.
There, played by Nivetha Pethuraj, gives the film some much-needed emotional depth and establishes by the film's climax that she's just as Paagal as our child – it's a match made in heaven. There's even an old-school dating guideline that prohibits touching, embracing, or kissing. Vishwak, too, gives it his best, completely immersed in his role. On-screen, he's just Prem after a time. This couple's chemistry is just beautiful. Is that enough to qualify him as a sane individual? No. Paagal, on the other hand, is the title of the film. The film may not be exactly what you need during this pandemic, but if a few laughs and a lot of love are your cups of tea, give it a look this weekend.
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