Dear Comrade Review: Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna's film addresses an important message.
Bobby (Vijay Deverakonda) is an impulsive student leader who fights for the right cause. Lilly (Rashmika Mandanna) is fun-loving state-level cricketer, who is head over heels in love with Bobby. However, their contrasting characters cause a rift in their relationship.
Later, Lilly faces sexual abuse at her workplace and Bobby takes up the ante to empower her to change her life and other women as well.
Film after film Vijay Deverakonda is proving that he is one of the best performers in the Telugu film industry. His expressions, be it anger, happiness or sadness, are on point and makes you root for him.
Rashmika Mandanna gets an equal character and drives the film and Bobby's life as well. Her performance is delightful and brings in the much-needed lightness in the first half of the movie.
Suhas and Shruti Ramachandran have some bits, but one forgets them as soon as they are out of the frame. The actor playing Cricket board chairman is alright. He too has limited screen time to have any effect.
Supporting characters in the movie has performed to the best of their abilities.
Director Bharat Kamma has penned a solid script with a love story, which has an empowerment angle to it. It is a much-needed message in today's world and it'll send out a strong opinion.
The screenplay in the first half of Dear Comrade is breezy and sets up the tone for an emotional second half.
Justin Prabhakaran's music is the soul of the movie. Be it the Gira Gira song or Kadallale, they're soulful and transports you to their world.
Cinematographer Sujith Sarang's cinematography is excellent. Each and every and the complimenting lighting look picture perfect so much so that it looks like a painting. The town feel of Kakinada has been captured naturally.
The pacing of Dear Comrade is a huge film. Again, the film runs close to three hours and since the scenes are long enough, it seems to go on and on. The first half is neatly packed. The viral canteen song is not in the movie.
There is definitely a good thought that Bharath Kamma invests in Dear Comrade and some moments do come alive and reach out strongly.
Vijay Deverkonda and Rashmika work well together, be it communicating that buddy spirit, resisting love or giving in to it or facing up to the break-up. They belong to each other.
Vijay Deverkonda is beautifully cast, his trademark mix of assertive theatricality and subtle emotion well suited to the role of a man who seemingly has it all under control, until he doesn’t. Rashmika mixes playfulness and depth in a performance that ably complements Vijay.
But the storytelling becomes too turgid, slow and dragged out. It’s then that the initial identification with the characters lapses into sheer disinterest and boredom as the story progresses. The conflict in the story works but the resolution is way too easy. The music, too, doesn’t rise to the occasion. The writing is plain and scenes itself lack the intended effect despite the visible sincerity in making. The predictability of the narrative has to be broken by either one of the elements writing or freshly conceived scenes, but that never happens.
Dear Comrade is a movie that has the right message for the audience with some flashes of good scenes here and there but in the end, Dear Comrade is only a one time watch. Ironically, it has a story that tries to ward off mediocrity and yet the film manages only to evoke mixed reactions.