'Edaina Jaragochu' has an ensemble cast going for it. A dual genre film, it is one of the many releases this weekend. What does the entertainer offer on the platter? Is it worth a watch? Does the film exceed the audience's low expectations? Find out in our review.
Three friends (played by Vijay Raja, Raghava and Ravi Shiva Teja) get into deep trouble when a budding entrepreneur (Played by Pooja Solanki) loses a fortune by investing in bitcoin trade on their advice. Since Vijay Raja loves her, he and the other two friends decide to bail her out somehow. They rely on a shortcut but get trapped by Kaali's (Bobby Simha) gang.
But there is more to the trap than what meets the eye. The film is not a crime comedy first but a horror-comedy in the main, involving a ghost (played by Sasha Singh), a crazed filmmaker (Vennela Kishore) and a transgender occultist (Ajay Ghosh).
For a humble movie featuring at least five unfamiliar faces, the performances are largely impressive. Sasha gets her dreadful expressions right. Bobby Simha, the National Award-winning actor, is superb in the role of a ruthless and weird gangster. Ajay Ghosh sleepwalks through the role of a transwoman. Vennela Kishore is funny as a filmmaker itching to make a ghost film with a real ghost!
Pooja passes muster and she looks a bit like Kajal Aggarwal. The three guys do well but they could have been much better.
Srikanth Pendyala's background score works but the songs are a turn-off. The cinematography is able and the editing is proper, by and large.
The first half manages to create interest in the plot. By the time the film reaches the interval, the audience expects a nail-biting second half. The interval bang offers thrills more than scares.
The idiosyncratic characters are likeable. The love track involving the lead pair avoids cliches; the hero is a loan recovery agent and the heroine, an entrepreneur who can dupe anybody. These characters are potentially exciting.
Most of the scenes are crisp and don't' overstay their welcome.
For a horror-comedy, this one avoids unnecessary characters. Even the likes of Chammak Chandra are there only to the extent they should.
After creating reasonable expectations with the first half, the film takes refuge in a standard template in the second. Once the audience knows what the major characters are up to, it's not difficult to guess the climax.
The flashback of Bobby Simha is too long.
The three friends should have been involved in the climax in a big way. But the writing is lazy and even inferior here.
The second half's scenes lack intelligence. The three friends behave like kids at times, something not believable.
The pre-climax item song is totally ridiculous.
The heroine's character behaves as though she has a fetish for blunders. Had she been shown to be in love with the hero, her naivete would have seemed believable.
The intermingling of crime-comedy and horror-comedy should have resulted in high entertainment value. But the film fritters away the opportunity. If you have a taste for stories that deal with strange incidents and eccentric characters/situations, give this one a try.