‘Dear Megha’ hit the cinemas today (September 3). In this section, we are going to talk about its hits and misses.
Megha Swaroop (Megha Akash) gets attracted to her collegemate Arjun (Arjun Somayajula) in no time. Her introvertive nature prevents her from confessing her love. The film then takes a three-year leap. Something extraordinary transpires. Megha has to move on. This is when Adhi (Adith Arun) enters her life and changes her for good.
What follows is an unexpected series of events that leave long-lasting scars.
It’s not like the film has got exquisite performances, but the acting chops displayed by its lead actors are watchable. Megha Akash shoulders a complex, deep story and character with ease. She played an atypical role in the recent ‘Raja Raja Chora’, yet the limelight was hogged by other actors. ‘Dear Megha’ is likely to be seen as her best performance to date.
Arun Adith, who has acted in films like ‘Cheekati Gadhilo Chitakkottudu’, is confident. He looks endearing. Arjun Somayajula, a debutant, could have been way better. The actor doesn’t look the part of a Telugu man.
Pavithra Lokesh reprises the character she played in the Kannada original ‘Dia’ (2020). Chakrapani Ananda and others leave little impact.
Hari Gowra’s music is soulful. The Kannada original didn’t feature any songs. It was a welcome call to infuse songs in the remake. If ‘Aamani Unte’ is top-notch, ‘Kashtam Vasthe Nake’, ‘Bagundhi Ee Kaalame’ are superb. I Andrew’s cinematography is ordinary. Prawin Pudi’s editing is adequate. PS Varma’s art direction is another plus.
When the Kannada original ‘Dia’ came out, a film critic lauded it for using “cheesy one-liners” and “wisecrack comments” effectively. Don’t know if something was lost in translation, but the Telugu remake lacks those commendable elements.
The story moves at a fast pace in the first act. The three-year leap is done without much fuss. The entry of Adith Arun’s character brightens the mood. The mother-son scenes play out unapologetically.
The trouble begins after that. The storyline is brilliant, but what ‘Dear Megha’ lacks is a soothing story-telling flavour. The drama falters because of the ineffective lines that the key characters get to speak, among other reasons.
The second half can test your patience if you don’t connect with the love track. The conversations are hardly out of the ordinary. A storyline of this nature required the lines to be special. It seems director A Sushanth Reddy, who has previously helmed ‘Superstar Kidnap’, imported the lines from the Kannada version sans improvisation.
A story like this one doesn’t need nativizing. The sensibilities are universal. Even so, the conversational nature of the story comes across as very dull.
It’s the songs that keep the spirits up. They lift the movie to the next level, and carry a heart-touching lyrical flow as well.
‘Dear Megha’ could have been so much more than what it is. A wasted opportunity, the drama falls flat in the second half.