Review: Pressure Cooker

Review: Pressure Cooker
'Pressure Cooker' hit the cinemas this Friday to clash with 'Bheeshma'.  Its trailer touted the movie to be a new-age rom-com reflecting the mindset of many parents who want their children to settle down in the US.  Does the film make sense?  Does it live up to the standards it had set for itself with the trailer?  Is it worth a watch?  Here we tell you all in our review.
 
Story
 
Kishore (Sai Ronak) is constantly pestered by his father (CVL Narasimha Rao) to permanently settle down in America.  As he grows up, Kishore fails to secure a visa to the Land of Opportunities, adding to the frustration of his father.  He moves to Hyderabad with the aim of somehow securing a visa by hook or crook.  Here, he crosses paths with some people and that changes his life.  One of them is Anita (debutante Preeti Asrani).
 
Performances:
 
Fledgling actor Sai Ronak is a one-note actor who never fails to marshal the same kind of facial muscles for all situations.  Preeti Asrani stands out in comparison and her eyes are beautiful.  Tanikella Bharani and CVL go over the top.  Rahul Ramakrishna and others are forgettable.  Ravi Varma and Kireeti don't even register in the audience's minds.
 
Technical Departments 
 
Music is by Sunil Kashyap, Rahul Sipligunj, and Smaran.  The three musicians don't give three memorable notes, between them.  Background music by Harshavardhan Rameshwar is mediocre.  Cinematography by Nagesh Banell and Anith Madadi is subpar.
 
What Works
 
Writer-directors Sujoi and Sushil took the right decision to come together.  That way, they both can share the blame for making this film instead of only one of them having to take all the blame.  
 
What Fails
 
We have seen films that promote familial bonding, like 'Shatamanam Bhavati'. This one promotes anti-American attitudes in the name of highlighting family ties. 
 
In a funeral scene, a character almost says that those Indians who migrate to the US lose their humanity.  
 
In another scene, a neighborhood grandma explodes into tears because the hero wants to leave for the US.  How can he go there and become a savage, huh?
 
One character dies and, before dying, his last wish is for the hero to not go to the hell-hole called the US.  And he is not even related to the male lead in any damn way!
 
The hero makes a path-breaking scientific invention in no time.  He earns crores overnight.  Till yesterday, he was an 'awara' guy.
 
The dialogues are immature when they are not unintentionally funny.  
 
Everybody who wants to migrate to the US is either a mean fellow or a buffoon in the movie.  Only those who while away time dipping into 'kallu' in a Telugu village are ideal folks.
 
Practically nothing holds the film.  The melodrama gets on your nerves, especially during Tanikella's scenes in the second half.
 
Rahul Ramakrishna is hardly comical despite his efforts to make us laugh.  
 
Overall Analysis
 
This film seems to have been made with the aim of triggering jealous attitudes about NRIs.  It's idiotic that, in this day and age, elementary and malnourished films with silly tropes are being made in the name of message-oriented entertainment.  Is there no school where our filmmakers can get an education?