“Om, touted as Telugu's first 3D film is a mediocre revenge drama with slow narration and a bad screenplay. Skip it.”
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They said all the eyes are on one film and they touted it as India's first 3D action film. What if something is made in 3D, will it be a definitive ground-breaking film. Who cares if you invest 18 months in making a film? Finally, everything boils down to what's our experience while watching the film. The matter of concern is whether you have dexterously woven the 3D thread or made it stand out as a sore thumb. And the makers of Om 3D brought the latter one to light with their film.
Om 3D is a revenge drama that's made glossier with technical finesse. When I say Revenge drama, please don't draw parallels with any other movie that was made in this genre. Om 3D is light years away from any such film. The movie starts with a strong premise and makes way for the narrative. It establishes the story with multiple intercuts of the flashback. But why to mention '3 months before' 'present' '2 months before' all the time. Do you feel Telugu audience are not intelligent to grasp the events on screen. You made it evident with the hero with long hair and with tonsured look, then why all that unwarranted stuff.
The movie is devoid of entertainment and comedy. There is no inkling of effort made to evoke chuckles - no additional comic track and not even the actors trying to bring out some situational comedy. All such thing when there is lot of scope to induce comic flavor. Director Sunil Reddy wanted to bring forced twists into the screenplay at the drop of a hat, but none failed to impress. Everything was predictable miles before it started. Only the pre-climax twist was an unexpected one and can act as a saving grace for the film.
Kalyan Ram gave a mediocre performance. He failed to carry the depth and the emotion that's much needed in a revenge drama. Krithi Karbanda played the love interest of Kalyan Ram and had a short stint at throwing an air of glamour to the screen. Nikesha Patel was compelled into the story for a pub song and an irritating twist. Karthik lightened up the screen after so many years. Good to see him in a decent role. Of all the actors, Rao Ramesh made a thumping impression. The way he uttered his lines in Srikakulam accent was a feast to watch. Both these two actors actually stood out, pitted against each other. The other characters are just passing clouds and they make their presence felt in just a scene or more.
Cinematography by Ajayan Vincent shined at many places especially in the action scenes. The pre-interval blast sequence with overblown CGI and 3D effects is one moment of glory for the film. Music director duo Achu Rajamani and Sai Karthik took all the efforts to make the few songs in the film as casual flings. Nothing registered while watching them on screen. The song Neelo Emo looked impressive for its picture perfect presentation, but not for its music. And the background score was borrowed from loads of Hollywood flicks. Editor Gowtham Raju must be applauded for restricting the film's runtime to 2 hours. Or else, it would have been a sit-on-the-thorns experience for the viewers.
A piece of advice, or a word of caution to film makers - over bloated CGI, overblown action sequences and occasional twists can't hide poor writing and offhand narration. Dear readers, please avoid this wet firecracker that provides ZERO entertainment. The 3D in the movie's title stands for Dud. Dudder. Duddest. That says it all.
My Rating: Expectation - 6/10; Reality - 3/10