Movie Review: Lover

2.5/5
| Love | 2018-07-20
CAST

Raj Tarun, Riddhi Kumar, Ajay, Rajeev Kanakala, Sachin Khedekar and others

Director - Annish Krishna
Producer - Harshith Reddy
Banner - Sri Venkateswara Creations
Music - Ankit, Karthik, Arko, Bagchi,

Raj Tarun who has been running through a bad phase pinned high hopes on Lover produced by Dil Raju's production house. Let's analyze whether Lover lived up to the standards of Dil Raju's films or not.

What is it about?

Raj (Raj Tarun) is a custom bike designer. He falls in love with a nurse called Charita (Riddhi). She is kind hearted and runs into trouble because of a little girl. Charita comes to know that a notorious criminal gang is after the girl and hides her. Now the gang is after Charita and Raj has to save his Lover from them.

Performances:

Raj Tarun tried a different hairstyle and also has delivered Rayalaseema accent. Besides that it is a usual character for Raj Tarun except for flexing his muscles here and there. Riddhi is good looking and cute. There is nothing much to write about her performance though. Ajay is okay as the baddie. Rajeev Kanakala looks stiff in a key role. Subbaraju, Sachin Khedekar and the friends gang of hero all did their bit.

Technicalities:

Annish Krishna picks a very ordinary storyline that doesn't have any freshness. The attempts to make it look fresh didn't yield desired results. The film is technically sound, but boring to the core because of the weak script and direction.

Music by various music directors is impressive. All the duets are melodious and will impress music lovers. Cinematography is superb. Sameer Reddy captures the picturesque Kerala in a wonderful way. The film is visually rich with good production values.

Thumbs Up:

Songs

Locations

Thumbs Down:

Script

Direction

Deja vu Feel

Analysis:

Lover has nothing fresh to offer right from the word go. Hero's introduction and his love at first sight are pretty standard. Love track of hero trying to impress the heroine in a hospital setup drags on and on with little entertainment. The film reaches intermission point when the villain gang makes their first attack on the heroine. All in all, it is a pretty ordinary first half with a couple of melodious numbers.

Story shifts to Kerala in the second hour and once again takes the standard route with nothing much to engage. Villains gang doesn't excite much as they indulge in predictable stuff. Villain suffering with a rare disease and looking for a particular person was already seen in films like Okkadunnadu. Thankfully, director doesn't end it with a big action episode. He uses the background of hero to shoot an action scene on roads.

Dil Raju's films check all the right boxes to make a film work commercially. But Lover doesn't seem like a Raju's film at all. It neither follows the commercial template nor offer novelty. It remains passive and uninteresting all through. The predictable screenplay will make the viewers impatient and leave the theaters even before the end titles roll on.

Colorful visuals, eye catching locations and good songs are the only saving grace in this otherwise boring film. Even the humor drains out in the second hour and makes it a tedious watch.

Verdict: Dull and Drab