Updated: May 23, 2020
When I left the theatre after watching AVPL, one of Sushanth's dialogues was ringing in my head: I feel like something is missing. AVPL was a great experience, but there was something about it that just didn't add up. So I made a mental checklist and was going through it.
1. Plot - Engaging
2. Performances - Solid
3. Music - Do we even need to talk about it?
4. Visuals - Glues your eyes to the screen
5. Writing - Guruji's stamp all over it
6. Mass Moments - Not many
There, I got my answer. Bunny is not a star here, just another performer. Yes, there are a few
moments that cater to the fans, especially the boardroom sequence. It is great fun, but not the best part of the movie. The best part of the movie are the dialogues that make a great impact. And that, according to me should have got the most whistles. They don't smack you in the face, but they get to you as if somebody is pushing a knife in to you, slowly. And the resultant scar serves as a beautiful memory.
If the writing and music are the legs which AVPL stands on, Bunny and Murali Sharma shoulder the movie, with the other actors making up the arms. And Tabu is like the head, which occupies less space but without which the body is dead.
By now I'm sure, the "Sittarala Sirapadu" song is on its way to attaining cult status. If not better than the fight choreography between Baahubali & Devasena or Baahubali and Kattappa, it is atleast as good as it. Ram - Laxman Masters, take a bow.
So coming back to where I began, writing like this needs to be appreciated more than just with whistles. It needs slow motion shots and pounding BGM along with other special effects. And therefore to actually give the writing the due it actually deserves, I'm going once again to watch it unfold on the big screen. Here we come once again, Ala Vaikunthapuramloo.