Although it might be a little hard for me to actually kidnap Prabhas because he is twice my height and probably still pretty strong without his superhero movie powers I still have to try.
Sorry to everyone beforehand because this post will probably look like that: Fangirly gushing about Prabhas, a little about the actual movie, fangirly swooning over Prabhas, some movie talk, packing my bags and take the first flight to Hyderabad, even less movie talking, find Prabhas´ house and camp around it and never go away until he takes pity on me and makes me his girlfriend because OMFG how awesome was this guy?!
|He´s so awesome he can beat up a shark.|
Mr. Manly-Man-Man's-Man-Man-About-Refugee-Village-Hero (courtesy Manturo from Bollywhat) but also by the cinematography, the songs, the sizzling chemistry between Prabhas and Shriya, the story etc. I should have expected it, anyway, since this is a S.S. Rajamouli movie and I really like his kind of filmmaking. These are not only drops of cinematic genius but whole buckets ful of superfreakin´ fantastic Tollywood-fun.
Don´t understand me wrong, this is no Magadheera, the latest and best of Rajamouli´s films, it´s actually pretty bad by the present standards of today´s production values (shark fight?), but it´s so entertaining and fun and unapologetic about its own flaws that it works and how!
The story starts with a mother (Bhanupriya) and her two little sons, Shivaji and Ashok who live in Sri Lanka. Because Shivaji is not Bhanupriya´s real son but the son of her late husband by his first wife, Ashok is constantly jealous of his elder brother. Somehow understandably, since Shivaji is a selfless, helpful and considerate boy who worships his stepmother so much that he can´t even swear on her and in return he is the apple of her eye, much to the dislike of Ashok. One day, the little family has to flee from their home and Bhanupriya and Shivaji are seperated and due to a lie by Ashok Bhanupriya is led to believe that Shivaji is dead.
|Everyone is devastated.|
The movie tries very hard to deliver a message in the first half which is (as I suppose) that people should rule for themselves and not be suppressed by a terroristic minority but fails to deliver this message in the second half because, as I saw it, Shivaji aka Chatrapathi wasn´t really a much better leader than Baji Rao and his likes. He didn´t hesitate for a moment in using threats, violence and even bombs to get what he wanted.
|From Mr. Total-Cutie-Teddy Bear...|
|...to Mafia-Don-Like-Badass. (But being drop-dead hot neverthelss.))|
|Shivaji and his ma in happier times.|
Shafi as Shivaji´s evil brother Ashok did a very good job to express the jealousy and hatred and his minority complex towards his elder brother. It was really heartbreaking to see Shivaji get betrayed of his mother´s love by Ashok over and over again. Bhanupriya was also good as the doting mother and the two villains were adequately cruel and vicious.
But the real hero (pun intented) here is Prabhas! Oh my, this guy rocks! He was SO good as Chatrapathi, from the shy and silent yet firm Shivaji in the first half to the strong, hardened and aggressive Chatrapathi in the second half. And (excuse the fangirly-ness) he looked so HOT during the whole thing!
I must admit, when I first saw Prabhas in Darling I was less than impressed and after seeing him in Mr. Perfect I seriously asked myself what is so special about this guy that so many people are going crazy over him? I just didn´t see it. And now I know why: Darling and Mr. Perfect are actually very unusual roles for Prabhas! He looks bored in them. He is the best when he gets all sweaty and dirty with blood, fighting bad guys. These urban, slick and modern characters just don´t fit him. He is a man´s man. From the street. And how I loved him like that!
|Prabhas, my Hero.|
Gundusoodhi, which must be one of the most cutest and sexy love songs ever.
It was my first movie with Shriya and from what I´ve heard and read she´s not necessarily everybody´s darling, but for me she was actually good. Her face is really expressive and she´s so pretty! I felt really sorry that she disappeared for the most part of the second half because her scenes with Prabhas were the most fun to watch.
|Her entrance scene. So pretty!|
I think it is all of the above and more because how can you not like a movie that has all of the mentioned above and, as the icing on the cake, such a fantastic song going for it like this one:
Gala gala gala gala gajjalu thodikina grandha sangi..
nee kosame nenu vesukocha gala galla lungi..
nee kosame nenu vesukocha gala galla lungi..