07 Sep 2018 2 hrs 06 mins
An influential politician on his deathbed reveals the whereabouts of an illegal money stash to his trusted aide, a local MLA. But when the MLA becomes amnesiac after meeting with an accident, his right-hand men set out to find the money before it falls into the wrong hands.
A tailor-turned MLA promises to fulfill his minister's dying wish of distributing Rs 500 crore among the poor. But there are political rivals who have their own plans for the money. He's also sought-after by two mischievous youngsters - one of them needs to win over his love and the other to divorce his wife, who he married against his own will. Comedy of errors ensues when the MLA goes into coma, leaving everybody else scrambling.
You don't always have to yell to make a point. The beauty of humour lies in its subtlety, and if you have to spell out a joke, it's rarely funny. Bheemaneni Srinivas Rao's latest comic caper Silly Fellows loud and over-the-top with lazy writing and crass humour. For a film which has a series of talented comedians, it falls way off the mark and makes you cringe. Even if you want to indulge in a dose of nostalgia, with Sunil returning as a comedian (Unfortunately, he does the same thing he used to 15 years ago. It isn't funny anymore), but with a nonsensical plot and poor writing, Silly Fellows makes you want to make a dash for the exit door. Suri Babu (Sunil) is forced to marry Pushpa (Nandini Rai) to ensure local MLA Jacket Janaki Ram's (Jaya Prakash Reddy) marriage scheme is a success. The wedding is engineered by his right hand man Veera Babu (Allari Naresh). Jacket Janaki Ram has 'Minister garu's backing but is constantly monitored by his political rivals (Raja Ravindra and Posani Murali Krishna). Inadvertently, the MLA holds the key to the future of all the characters involved, but he gets involved in a road accident and falls into coma, ensuing a comedy of errors. As a viewer, you are ready to leave your brains at home while watching a nonsensical comedy and prepare to be entertained, but when all you get is loud and boorish humour, there's not really much left to salvage this film. Silly Fellows treads the familiar path of having multiple characters to create confusion. The same joke is repeated till a point that it gets annoying. For instance, Jaya Prakash Reddy keeps saying 'Kukuru koo' to imitate a chicken. If even if you find it funny at first, he repeats it so often that you just want to shut him up. Same goes for Sunil, who's loud humour fails to work. In fact, it has the opposite effect. The film's plot ranges from the predictable to the absurd. For instance, our MLA wakes up from coma with mind of a 10-year-old. The way he's made to behave makes you wonder if the director has ever seen or been around 10-year-olds. He chews lollipops, chases after cotton candy (but the media mistakes it for a Padayatra) and speaks in a way that will even embarrass 4-year-olds. Save for a few laughs provided by Posani Murali Krishna towards the end of the film, there's no real takeaway for the viewer from Silly Fellows
With a senseless plot, amateurish writing and loud, over-the-top humour, Silly Fellows is as silly as they come. Disappointing!