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In an industry that is craving for some good ideas, negligence has cost the filmmakers of Surya Vs Surya, a big hit. Your work doesn't end when you have a good storyline. I think the filmmakers' work starts when they have a good storyline. Yet, right through the movie, you can almost feel the makers thinking, we've a winning script, where could we go wrong? That feeling that they don't need to invest time on it, to develop it, to make it movie-worthy, that feeling is what probably cost them a hit.
Surya vs Surya is about Surya (Nikhil) who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, Porphyria that will kill him within fifteen minutes of stepping out into the sun. His mother (Madhubala) zealously guards him, his life virtually starts after 6 30 and ends before 5 30 am. He joins night school, an absolutely shabby, rancid place that hardly features in the movie after Surya befriends two of his classmates, played by Tanikella Bharani, a grocer and Satya,an auto driver. For some strange reason, Surya, who boasts of having everything in his life including lots of friends always hangs around witn his two misfit friends. Surya's mother played by Madhubala, is charmingly cool, rich and pampers him, allowing him all the freedom.
The story relies on a second line of thought rallying around Surya's inability to emote because his mother has offered him everything unasked. When he falls in love with Sanjana (Tridha Chowdhary), he is unable to tell her about his genetic disorder, until she eventually finds out and breaks up with him.
At the outset, you want to like the movie, because it has a decent script. However, you ask yourself questions that so obviously demonstrate the lethargy or the lack of creative inspiration that plagues the movie. Why would a rich kid go to a dilapidated night school especially when he has to score 0 in the exam anyway? Why would an ultra rich kid with a thing for fast driving and permission to enjoy his nights has a non-existent night life, which he starts spending with an old grocer and a seemigly dimwit auto driver? Why does the movie have to be a cliched flashback narrated to a kidnapper on an island? Eventually, the step Surya and his friends take to allow him to express himself to the love of his life is totally uncalled for, ruining a climax that could've been while not really offering you a humorous getaway either.
While Nikhil is a good actor and is riding high on back to back hits, you almost cringe for the lack of good dialogues for him. The heroine's characterisation is one of the worst I've seen in recent times. She calls him on phone and asks him to come to Monda Market and thrash a group of goons because they misbehaved with her. He, not cops, because apparently, she trusts him. People get killed for much less in India, but she, an anchor at a media channel hasn't still woken up to that reality, so much so, it is funny. While she asks him to be himself, she disses him the first time he tries to be honest, without really delving deep enough.
Tanikella Bharani is probably the only saving grace of the movie. He was brilliant, as the old guy mingling with the young fellows, pulling random unexpected stuff. The movie has some good laughs, no doubt, but a lot of times, you can't help but think how it is nothing more than tiny bits of creativity sprinkled over a rather large drone. Karthik Ghattamaneni had good actors at his disposal, a good storyline and good music director in Satya Maheveer but fails to incense the whole recipe with a spark.