November 10, 2012 CineGoer.com
In Romantic Crime Katha director P. Sunil Kumar Reddy had a girl keeping condoms in a geometry box waiting at the bus stop, he even had a boy smashing a person's head with a boulder to show the angst, helplessness, confusion, insecurity of a person of his age. In Mem Vayasuku Vacham, there is a love story that has been churned out so often but the youth went for it because they identified with it.
If the first had the desire of a teen to experiment with her body, the infatuations and misplaced love, the lack of affection from parents, the emotional void that leads to crime; the latter had the portrayal of a contemporary thinking girl in a Muslim family.
Now in Bus Stop director Maruthi takes only the root cause that leads to the confusion in parent-child relationship and the quality of love that spoils the youth. He explains that love can do a lot of wonderful things but here his focus on the adverse effect of love, how it makes the youth cheat on their parents and themselves.
This concept can be narrated in a neat manner but then every director has his agenda. Maruthi shows immense clarity by using double entendre as the medium to drive home a point. The film rated A is solely for people who enjoy it, here it works both ways. It passes a message in a crude language, the language of the million youth whom we haven't seen or heard of.
Here the sexual suggestiveness is fast, for people not familiar with adult content this could take a second viewing to understand, for others it simply gives a kick, and for certain others, purist thinkers..frustration could lead them to interpret it in a complete sexual way from the title to the finish.
The cellphone becomes a character in the film and the artistes use the instrument to convey the meaning. Whether you crack up laughing or your cover your head in shame not wanting to be spot in the cinema hall enjoying such drama the fact remains that we as human beings are complete hypocrites. Some times good stuff are not watched, bad stuff is easily digested.
Maruthi takes weakness and converts it into strength by using the parents and children to communicate in double meaning dialogue. The same message when told cannot be taken by youth, so he tells it crudely and the result is that they are lapping it up.
For people viewing Bus Stop with an academic approach they will find a meaning, they will understand why film works, how it works, what it means, and what effects it has on people. The youth will just go and laugh over a dirty joke and leave it, get back home and the icing on the cake is that the censor board has adopted a mature approach in viewing the film, given it a right certificate and let it be.
Maruthi stands a winner again by using a cast that have already worked in his previous films, they have shown great improvement. Those who haven't worked before put up a confident performance. DMK Murali, journalist surprises, Rao Ramesh shows his ease once again, Prince, Divya, Kumar (Sai), Rakshitha, Sai Kumar, Kanna, FM Babai, Murali Krishna, Venkat Rao impress, ditto with Sruthi, Sandhya, Hasika, Madhavi.
Excellent cinematography and good RR elevates the movie. Music, art, editing all are good enough. On all levels, Bus Stop works..remove the double meaning dialogues, it will be like having sex with a condom. With the absence of any big or small films, this one is all set to laugh it's way to the bank. Don't miss this one..we mean if those who enjoy dirty jokes and are willing to take a good lesson from it.