‘Merise Merise’, produced by Kothuri Entertainments, hit the cinemas today (August 6). Here is our review of the latest rom-com at the box-office.
Siddhu (Dinesh Tej) considers himself a bloody loser after failing to make his start-up successful. He moves from Bengaluru to Hyderabad to chill for some time. Once in Hyderabad, he bumps into Vennela (Shweta Avasthi), who is a wannabe fashion designer.
If the former is a synonym for failure, the latter is driven by the urge to succeed. Vennela is engaged and wants to prove her mettle before she gets married. What happens when Siddhu helps her realize her dream and falls in love with her forms the crux of the story.
Dinesh Tej, who has previously acted in ‘Hushaaru’ and ‘Playback’, puts in a watchable performance. Although his characterization is somewhat routine, the budding actor shows sincerity. Shweta Avasthi, who has got glaring dimples, is good in the emotional scenes.
Sanjay Swarup, who was seen in a negative role in ‘Akshara’ earlier this year, is adequate in the role of a venture capitalist. GuruRaj and Sandhya Janak as the hero’s parents are routine. Bindu, Mani, Sashank, Nanajee and others don’t make the cut.
Karthik Kodakandla’s music works as part of the film. ‘Ninne Nenila’ and ‘I Am Waiting’ are well-written. Nagesh Banell, who has previously done the acclaimed ‘Pelli Choopulu’, has cranked the camera.
Writer-director Pawan Kumar K fills the story with a roster of cliches. The hero knows coding and how to threaten those who threaten the heroine. He boozes and carries some forbidden stuff in his pockets, but he is sentimental and emotional in the presence of his freedom-endowing mother. These are really old-school tropes that we have seen in movies for at least two decades.
Vennela is expectedly confronted by a toxic fiance who is a highly qualified doctor settled in London, but who for all practical purposes behaves like an insecure, mean-minded male. As against Siddhu who always supports Vennela, her fiance wants to curb her creativity and mocks her qualification. Again, this is a run-of-the-mill idea.
When you are telling the story of a youngster who has to overcome a series of challenges to realize her dreams, the scenes have to be believable. Here, Vennela never really comes across as someone who is worried that she is running out of time. When she encounters an obstacle, she struggles to emote tension. As for Siddhu, his frustration is barely saleable. We never understand why he has given ‘sanyasa’ to ambition, coding and discipline, only to take things up for a stranger.
The climax can be seen from miles away. There is an angel investor who resolves things just like that. Almost the entire film has Siddhu and Vennela scene after scene and their skin-deep emotions make the screenplay look all the more dull and monotonous.
‘Merise Merise’, ironically, has no sparks. It’s about a woman’s ambition and how a male buddy plays the catalyst. The film has an endless stream of tropes and near-zero entertainment to offer.