February 25, 2011 Y. Sunita Chowdary
It is a simple story..the hero's friend commits suicide because of unrequited love and the former develops aversion and no sympathy for such folks who give up life for women whom they hardly know or have met, cause pain to family friends by taking such an impetuous decision. When a woman takes a liking towards him and gives a peck on his cheek, he begins distancing her because he has a set image of love and lovers, and when the distance widens he realizes what it means to stay without her.
Kudirithe Kappu Coffee reads like a story book, actually it gives you a feeling that the happenings could be straight out of the director's life. In most films even if the narration is not upto the mark you can catch glimpses of realism, the intensity for feelings in certain scenes, and that is what you see here. This is not a regular movie that has heavy duty dialogues, heavy expressions..many things is subtle, feelings are expressed but some part of it remains hidden while conveying and that's the nice part of the story. The story is not issue based, it revolves around a simple concept of expression of love.
Now let's see what works for the film and what doesn't. The director had a concept in mind and he showed it perfectly in the second half of the film but the road towards the love story wasn't woven well. The entire first half looks fictitious, disappoints you, the coffee shop in a picturesque location, the teacher's debt story, the hero and heroine arriving there, the planning of a wedding all seemed as mere fillers, patches of events stitched to lead the lead pair to a particular point. You don't even know when the wedding begins and when it ends..the Tanikella Bharani episode was unnecessary.
What one could derive at the end of the film about the first half of the story was that it was designed to show the goodness of Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao, the goodness of people that blooms in such pure surroundings. The old lady played her part beautifully and the best lines were reserved for Uppalapati Narayana Rao who reprimands Tanikella Bharani for his obsession for money, the other for Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao who speaks to Varun Sandesh on the different perspectives of seeing love. Entertainment in the form of comedy is irritating.
Usually in a love story, when lovers meet the happening gets interesting, here when they part during interval the story pulls your interest. Varun Sandesh's make-up and even Suma's is pathetic, wonder why the make-up artistes forget to paint the neck. In one scene it rains and the hero walks angrily after his friend's death, you really wish that he has worn a full sleeved shirt, his arms look painfully thin. His clean shaven look has added an element of maturity to his role and suited him to the hilt, he did use his space for emoting on many occasions without dialogues and that's a great improvement, however you will not fail to notice him pronounce 'Phani' as 'funny' and 'Mary' as 'marry'..supposed to be spelt that way for the role?
Don't know if this story will work for Varun Sandesh but he can try a villainous role in some other film..he looked more of a villain then an angry young man who loses his cool when someone talks of love and about love. Suma Bhattacharya contributes a fresh look, did her part well. Bhimaneni Srinivas Rao's role was to look broody, serious and he looked a real dad to Sandesh. He looked a bit stiff, could have done better with more flexibility in body language. Every person has a style of narrating a story, this too is different. Had the director invested more thought on the first hour of the film, it would have been perfect..his half-heartedness or bankruptcy of thoughts is crystal clear in the first hour.
The presence of cartoons had no value addition to the story, it just perpetuated the boredom. Music is a right blend to suit the occasion, the new music director has bright future but his father Sirivennela Seetarama Sastry's voice over was a spoiler, what a gruffy old voice for a young, blooming love story! There are many unwanted scenes that could have been chopped but like already mentioned there was just a nice concept but not enough story to move it around. Cinematography is more than beautiful but there was no necessity or place for coffee in the story. Kudirithe, the director should have thought a better prelude to the narrative instead of the beverage which comes in only after one hour ten minutes.
If you gulp coffee like Tanikella Bharani, you might miss the taste, but if you are willing to ignore the first half of the film, taste the coffee slowly, savour and relish it like Suma Bhattacharya explains you might understand it's beauty. But who has the patience to see and savour good, moral stories when you've been invited to watch a romantic story..atleast that was what was portrayed..two characters..conversation, coffee, romantic settings. But what you got was deviation from the main plot.
From this reviewer's point of view..Kudirithe Kappu Coffee is a strictly okay movie..if you understand why Coffee figures in the story. For those who aren't coffee lovers you won't have much to do with this film, as you don't get what you've been promised..a story and a movement i.e., a katha and a kadhalika.