Review: Kudi Yedamaithe

The first season of ‘Kudi Yedamaithe’ is streaming on Aha. Here is our review of the latest Telugu-language web series. 

Story:
Aadhi (Rahul Vijay) is a food delivery guy, who finds the corpse of a young woman in the middle of the night of February 29, 2020. A cop (Amala Paul as Durga) investigating a missing child’s case commits a fatal accident, leaving Aadhi dead. The road accident sends both of them into a never-ending time loop until they can ask themselves if they can find an escape and also change the past. 

Performances:
Both Rahul Vijay and Amala Paul headline the web series with their confident performances. The former does look a bit unsettling in the initial episodes but he looks able after a sputtering start. Amala Paul, for once, doesn’t have to look like eye candy. She shows a certain range in the role of a tough cop. 

Ravi Prakash is a bit shocking in the role of a cruel man. He should have got a few more scenes in the tale. Nithya Sri is too emotionally mauled and doesn’t quite engage. Pradeep Rudra and Surya Sreenivas fit the bill. The former is Amala Paul’s lover, who appears in her hallucinations. And the latter is her subordinate in the police department. 

Technical Departments:
For an OTT show, ‘Kudi Yedamaithe’ has strong technical output.  Poornachandra Tejaswi SV’s background music captures the tense mood of the proceedings. Advaitha Gurumurthy’s cinematography is an asset. Suresh Arumugam’s editing is not smart, probably because the director wanted the series to be spoon-fed. 

Analysis:
What if we could rectify our blunders? More importantly, what if we could re-live the same day in different ways, changing things at will? The screenplay of ‘Kudi Yedamaithe’ asks these questions and explores certain inherent possibilities. Written by Ram Vignesh and adapted by director Pawan Kumar, the Aha original doesn’t uniformly tap into the rational and logical outcomes that flow from those answers. 
At a time when we are tired of crime thrillers, ‘Kudi Yedamaithe’ embellishes the genre with its own spin. The concept of Time Loop is banked upon to create suspense and interest. 

There are eight episodes in total and we wonder why they couldn’t have reduced it to six. It would have made a world of difference had the run-time been three and a half hours. As Durga and Aadhi are condemned to live in a time loop, with February 29th recurring in their lives without a respite, they should have grown wiser and bold. Instead, both of them look more or less the same in terms of their state of mind. 

The fantasy genre would be sexy when there is no spoon-feeding. This series doesn’t get it right, especially in the middle portions. And, in the pretext of having a sequel (in the shape of Season 2), a key question remains unanswered till the end. It’s not a forbidden thing for a thriller to raise a new question in the climax (Vishwak Sen’s ‘HIT: The First Case’ did a similar thing recently), but the question itself should ideally be totally irrelevant to the outcome of the events in the present season. 

This is not to say that ‘Kudi Yedamaithe’ is inadequate. The writing is impressive, in general. And the narration is not confusing. That’s a big plus. And we also invest in the quandaries faced by Durga and Aadhi.

Verdict:
For all its flaws, this is a watchable fantasy crime thriller. Go for it this weekend! 

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