As the tagline of the movie Kiss goes, the story is also simple. An Indian girl settled in USA wants to fly high in life but her wings are cut by her father. She has to marry a guy with grey shades and compromise on many things. She wants to move out of this vortex and embrace death. But fate has something else in store.
A chance meeting with a troubled Indian brings her long last freedom. She cherishes all the moments that are on her life’s itinerary. When the sky seems to be clear and the voyage safe, the movie passes through some turbulent waters. How the lead pair overcame their problems and how the love blossoms between them forms the rest of this breezy entertainer.
Adivi Sesh plays Seenu / Sunny – an amateur thief and a street-smart person. Although he borrows some traits from other heroes and tries to emulate them, he charms with his looks and wits. He fits into the shoes of his character quite adeptly. Sesh is a bagful of surprises and shows poise in his variegated character. With this film he pushes the envelope with regard to his acting and dancing skills. The comic flavor he brought into his character and dialogues is to die for.
Priya Banerjee is the show stealer with her comeliness. The fragility in her character surfaces through her acting and emotional breakdown in many scenes. With a decent and lengthy role she managed to break the conventional clutter of sharing the screen for couple of scenes and songs. She is child-like, bubbly and gorgeous – all rolled into one.
The supporting cast cherished in their well written roles. The guy who makes an on-screen imitation of Mahesh Babu is hilarious. The other cast, though new, made their presence felt with near perfect performances.
Adivi Sesh dons a dual hat of an actor and a director, and he excels in both. This is like a light walk rope and if you lose balance things may fall apart. Sesh’s earlier outing Karma was more on the cerebral side and didn’t touch glory, so in Kiss he packed many things that border on visceral. Most of the film revolves around the lead pair and they share good dose of funny and emotional moments. This has been presented well on screen.
Sesh has added dollops of style to the film’s template, esp. to the last song during the end credits. The movie is shot in San Francisco and that adds more gloss to the visuals. There is a balance in handling the tonal shifts and keeping a check on the seeping melodrama. But the excess fat in the second half could have been trimmed to make the movie more slender. Some scenes in the later part were cringe-worthy.
The entire movie is replete with background score. The music accentuated the mood of the film and created a cheerful aura. Ee Kshanam and the sad song in the climax are the best ones in the pack. The title track (the one during the end credits) is very different and takes the film to a different terrain.
The cinematography is top-notch. It’s good to see many aerial shots of San Francisco. The frantic moments in the film are skillfully handled to bring the required tension in the narration.
The editing complemented the cinematography. Smooth transitions and intercuts made the movie slicker. But the run time could have been chopped by 15 to 20 minutes and there the editor failed to make a cut.
The dialogue is crackerjack. If translating aatma hatya into English as ‘soul murder’ makes you laugh, many other lines such as no fuel, lokam cruel will make you fall from the chair. The other lines related to life, compromise and finding your inner self are soul-stirring. Kudos to the writers.
Although Kiss comes with a routine story-line and screenplay, it creates different characters for the lead pair. At times it slips into clichés, but on the whole it’s comical and entertaining. It’s loaded with so many goodies – songs, gags, romance, emotion etc. Watch it for the crackling chemistry of Sesh and Priya and for multiple doses of fun-filled moments.
My Rating: Expectation – 5/10; Reality – 6/10view less