90ML Movie Review

2/5
2 Hrs 30 M | Love | 2019-12-06
CAST

Kartikeya, Neha Solanki, Ravi Kishan, Rao Ramesh, Pragathi, Satya Prakash and Others

Director - Sekhar Reddy Yerra
Producer - Ashok Reddy Gummakonda
Banner - Kartikeya Creative Works
Music - Anup Rubens

Kartikeya has been struggling to find stories that appeal to youth like his RX 100 did. He couldn't find another success post that film. He played the role of an authorized drinker in his latest film 90ML that talks about 'fetal alcoholic syndrome'.

What is it about?

Devadas (Kartikeya) is born with a condition called 'fetal alcoholic syndrome'. He needs to have alcohol in specified doses everyday or else he will die. He falls in love with Suvasana (Neha) who comes from a teetotaler family. Devadas couldn't hide his weakness, which eventually results in a breakup.  

Performances:

Kartikeya has improved his dancing skills, but still has a long way to go in acting department. He is trying to woo mass audience with the so-called punch dialogues. Neha Solanki fails to impress. Rao Ramesh looks cartoonish in a role that doesn't do justice to his talent. Ravi Kishan also had to act like a clown. Roll Rida tests your patience with his expressionless face and overacting.

Technicalities:

Sekhar Reddy Yerra picked up an interesting point like 'FAS', but has written a formulaic screenplay for it. There is a lot of desperation to create comedy that backfired most of the times. His direction is stuck in the nineties and his poor writing skills have been exposed big time.

Music by Anup Rubens is loud and unappealing. Background score is laughable. Cinematographer has put in his efforts to make the film look colorful in every frame. Editing is clumsy. Dialogues are pretty bad. Production values are good. The producer has spent a lot to make it visually appealing.

Thumbs Up:

Few portions in the first half

Thumbs Down:

Silly plot

Stupid screenplay

Worst direction

Analysis:

The characterization of the protagonist and his medical condition have the potential to make this a refreshing film from the stereotypes. But the director used the 'fetal alcoholic syndrome' for namesake and doesn't dig much into it. Doctors prescribe that the boy needs to consume alcohol in right doses to survive. The film is all about how everything revolves around his condition.

It is obvious that he will fall in love with someone who hates alcoholics. Heroine's family look like a bunch of clowns right from their introduction scene. Hero comes to know about their aversion to alcohol and hides it for some time. His weakness gets exposed to them and they start hating him but he never explains them about his condition. He takes the pain of going to her house and disturbing an engagement scene, but doesn't have the time to tell about his medical condition.

To makes things worse, the villain track is unbearably painful. Right from the styling to his behavior it is hard to stand Ravi Kishan in this film. Sadly, director felt that the villain character is doing comedy, but in reality he is just torturing the audience with his stupid antics. The film is utterly boring and has a screenplay that is predictable for a six year old. It is overlong and there are a lot of unnecessary songs that adds to the boredom.

Climax portions are ridiculous with the director trying too hard to make us 'feel' for the protagonist. The mandatory kiss scene in a Kartikeya's film comes in the climax that starts with an item number and ends with a few stabbings. 90ML is an incredibly stupid film that will easily make it to the list of one of the worst films of the year.

Verdict: 159 Mins Ordeal!