'Bombhaat', the Amazon Prime Video release, is a science fiction romantic comedy. Does the film fare well? Find out in our review.
Vicky (Sushanth Reddy) is notorious for being an unfortunate guy. His girlfriend Chaitra (Chandini Chowdary) is miffed with him because he is pestering her about a viral video.
While he comes across as a typical youngster, Vicky has another life. He is friends with a robotics scientist named Prof. Acharya (Sishir Sharma), who possesses a hard disk that a malevolent scientist (Makrand Deshpande) badly needs. Vicky's problems worsen when Acharya goes missing and a humanoid (Simran Chowdary) falls in love with him.
Sushanth was endearing in 'Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi'. But he couldn't hit the bull's eye in a full-fledged role here. Chandini, who shone in 'Colour Photo', should have been better. Simran as a robot is ill at ease with her character.
If Sishir Sharma is okayish, Makrand is caricaturish. Fish Venkat and Vineet Kumar of 'Vikramarkudu' fame are frustrating. Priyadarshi is failed by a stupid track.
Josh B's songs hinder the pace. They are not entertaining either. Rajasekhara Sarma's BMG works in fits and starts. Sathish M. Lasa's cinematography is passable. Srikanth Ramisetty's artwork is mediocre.
As a concept, mixing comedy with the sci-fi genre is appealing. But it clicks only as a concept. After all, Telugu cinema has rarely tried this mix. Beyond this, it has nothing much to offer in the film.
The humanoid's character should have been introduced after the first 30 minutes itself. The silly rom-com track that takes place in the second half should have been wrapped up before the interval itself.
The villain is a scientist. But more than this unusual character, a joker of a ganglord who lusts after a woman gets so much screen time.
The climax seems to have been hurried because the director knew well that it can't be mounted even half-decently without budget, which 'Bombhaat' lacks sorely. The film is a hugely under-funded disaster.
When a humanoid loves a human, sparks should fly. Here, it's so banal that the track actually frustrates the viewer. The humanoid, instead of looking like a thinking machine, comes across as an emotional human from an amateurish short film.
The first 30 minutes are spent on mocking the hero's bad horoscope. It gets repetitive and not a single joke lands.
The good scientist's character turns into a love guru and starts giving life lessons all of a sudden. Why does he invest so much in the hero? Their bonding is the film's crux. Yet, when tragedy strikes the scientist, the hero looks bizarrely chilled out. He even jokes around at a mourning session!
Sunil's voice-over adds nothing to the story.
'Bombhaat' opens with this Alfred Hitchcock statement: "Where logic starts, drama ends. Where drama starts, logic ends." It seems the director seems to have read it like this: "I should have nothing to do with commonsense because logic is bad."