Taking up ‘Premam’ remake should speak volumes about the guts of young director Chandoo Mondeti (of Karthikeya movie fame) and his love for challenges. Though he couldn’t recreate the magic of original Premam, it can be said that he made a commendable attempt. He once again proved that remaking is not all about CTRL C + CTRL V. He just took the essence of the original and tried to re-tell the story with the aid of the basic framework. In the place of Mary, George, Malar, Celine, Koya & Shambu, you’ve Suma, Vicky, Sithara, Sindhu, Vaasu & Shiva here. And the lone difference is that you cannot forget the former characters and you would hardly remember the latter (if you really got what we mean!)
Malayalam Premam was not only about a boy’s crush or love but indeed about the life around him and how he grew along – hence the beauty! But the Telugu version is rather a remodelled version with its share of improvisations and adaptations but largely focussed on the hero. It was trimmed, levelled, added with some situational fun and dialogues with punch, logic and (not to forget) rhyming – just like the way masses would love it.
Though slicing the story into three halves is not legitimate, to keep it straight and simple – the first love episode ?, second one ? and third track ?. While the performances and content tries to engage you all the while, you might start feeling disconnected right from Shruti Haasan’s episode (of course, we can imagine the state of Premam addicts). However, once you can get rid of Premam hangover, you can feel the merit of Chandoo Mondeti’s efforts to make some difference – especially some elements like modification of Suma (Mary) episode, Akhil reference, trimming of Kantha Rao Sir (Mava lecturer) episode, establishment of Sindhu (Celine) track, dialogues, Srinivas Reddy episode at the end etc are few fine examples.
Having said all the above, the storyteller (as we would prefer to call in this context) couldn’t do any magic (forget about recreating the magic). Perhaps because the original came from life but this remake came from the original, hence the beauty is missing! The original fruit has been peeled off, sliced and fried (to some extent) and no wonder the nutrients are lost. Besides this Karthik Ghattamaneni’s cinematography, Kotagiri Venkateswar Rao’s editing and the art direction department manage to grab a mention.
On a whole this may not be a phenomenon like the original but certainly not a lame clone! And we felt Chandoo just gave confidence to makers in attempting remakes!
- Story and engaging screenplay
- Performances of the lead cast
- Music and background score
- Cinematography and Editing
- Production design
- Shruti Haasan’s episode
- Treatment that is devoid of the ‘Premam’ feel.
- Lack of regular commercial elements might disappoint the massesMusic:
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