From the last few years, I was gradually forming an opinion that probably the good old days of Indian Cinema with the passion of trying something exceptional & out of the box are now over. The ‘Commercially Viable Business Models’ served in the name of Cinema are repeatedly making their presence felt and since the viewers are also interested in watching such projects only without any strong content, therefore there is no stopping to this trend as its seems.
But fortunately this myth of mine was proven wrong when I watched some recent outstanding masterpieces made in the South like MAGADHEERA & EEGA, both directed by S. S. Rajamouli. These films once again made me proud of our Indian Cinema and I was extremely delighted to know that there still are some exceptionally talented film-makers in our country who are capable of pushing the envelope further in a manner which is undoubtedly equivalent to any kind of cinema being made in the other parts of the world.
In few strong words, if you are an Indian and consider the Hindi Cinema the only worthy representative of our Industry in the world over then you are seriously unaware and utterly wrong because you still haven’t watched some “mind blowing” and “creatively shattering” stuff being made in the South from decades.
Beginning my praises for this Indian masterpiece called EEGA (Makkhi in Hindi), I would personally recommend watching it in its original language as the process of dubbing extracts many things out of a film unintentionally. The exact feel of the concept gets compromised somewhere and that surely hampers the overall impact of the execution which cannot be avoided. EEGA can easily be included in the list of films which can be seen in their original language without any hesitation at all, despite of the fact that you will not understand even a single word spoken in the entire film. But in case you are not willing to watch it in Telugu, then essentially watch it now in Hindi as the film will delightfully open some new enlightening doors for all the die-hard movie lovers in India, introducing them to the enjoyable world of cinema being made in the southern part of our country, deserving much more praises than being currently showered upon.
Perhaps, releasing the dubbed version of EEGA was a right decision by its makers too since this kind of gigantic movie strictly cannot be re-made again and it will be a purely silly decision if a person even thinks of trying it again in order to give some better results. The film features such innovative & incomparable graphical animations which have never been used before in Indian Cinema, far ahead than the ones featured in some recent Hindi films. In fact after watching EEGA, I was forced to admit that the talented director Rajamouli has successfully passed his own creative standards set in MAGADHEERA, which was certainly not an easy aim to achieve without any doubt.
Returning to the film itself, honestly it doesn’t need a review at all but only deserves a write-up to inform the hungry viewers that if you are really interested in seeing something exceptionally made in our own country then you got to see EEGA/ MAKKHI at the earliest and that’s it.
However for friends who would still like to know more about it, for them its based on a plot which you will not like to believe easily. But director Rajamouli will make you believe in it through his highly convincing execution in those two outstanding hours and you will feel like having watched something extraordinary as never before. As I said earlier, the film pushes the envelope of Cinematic Entertainment in India further and following are my questions in support of this statement in order to make it more entertaining for the readers.
Can you ever think of a hero being reincarnated in the world again in the form of a Eega/Makkhi/Fly?
Can you ever imagine a Fly taking revenge from his killer like a filmy hero with all usual pump and show?
Can you think of an animated fly giving a great performance along with doing comedy and some outstanding action scenes to get its mission complete?
Can you ever think of falling in love with a Eega/Makkhi/Fly enacting on screen?
Or To make it more specific,
Can you ever think, that you will cheer for a Eega/Makkhi/Fly in the theater, getting out of the way of a speeding bullet just like Salman Khan or Akshay Kumar does in their action movies?
No, probably you won’t even think of witnessing any such acts on the Indian screen, which director S.S. Rajamouli unbelievably brings in for you in his mega venture EEGA. In my opinion EEGA would have been the perfect choice for the OSCARS this year as it has got the content to prove the world that Indian Cinema is in fact capable of a lot more than just love, songs & dance or poverty by the road side.
Particularly, if you are a fan of animation films featuring many real life characters too, then do watch it essentially by taking a leave from your office or business. And if you are a student of animation and excited enough to learn this art beyond the usual, then just bunk your classes for few hours and watch EEGA with your whole group together at the earliest.
Having said that, its quite possible that for a certain section of viewers it may turn out be highly unbelievable, crossing the limit of imagination and ridiculous. But for friends thinking on that terms, I would like to say that EEGA is a perfect example of how a person can have the blessing of not only thinking out of the box but also possessing the exceptional unbelievable talent to perfectly execute his irrational thinking in an incomparable manner, making it highly entertaining and convincing.
Yes it’s a bit repetitive and lengthy too which will obviously give some reasons to all the reviewers for a star less or so. But for me even thinking of making a film on such plot deserves half the marks and then doing the job with an unimaginable conviction, making it highly entertaining and believable gets the other half. So it goes way beyond ratings due to this very reason as per my review.
Regarding the argument over the inspiration factor here, there have been many movies made in the West revolving around insects and similar concepts. But they all are either animated films for kids, scary/horror movies or disaster films where the insects grow to an extraordinary size, killing the human race vaguely. References can also be drawn from similar subject in FLUKE (1995) and COCKROACH (2010), but still they are not a thriller or a revenge drama with such magnificent special effects as depicted by Rajamouli in his latest flick. Hence EEGA does enjoy its own distinct position among the top films made in this particular genre in the entire globe without any question.
Well supported by a pumping background score, its an exciting roller coaster ride with no predictable turns or any usual glitches. The film has sequences which would make you sit straight on your seat with excitement like the one when the fly is chasing the villains car or when its trying to get away from the attacking eagles in the end. Musically it has few catchy songs composed by M.M. Kreem which put the movie on a soft mode as it begins. But once the action gets started, you don’t really mind watching anything else and get involved with EEGA instantly. Cinematography along with some brilliantly conceived animation offers you something never seen before on Indian screen till date and this should give you enough indication to watch it as soon as possible.
Its not an easy task to act in a film which mainly depends upon an animated character, found no-where around when the scenes are being shot (as they are all added at a later stage). Hence the entire cast surely deserves a special mention here for acting naturally just imagining the proceedings as per the instructions given by their visionary director. And for that I would really like to applaud the visible efforts made by Sudeep, who never makes you feel that he is actually reacting to literally nothing. Such is the impact of the game being played between Sudeep and Eega, that after watching the film, next time a fly will come near your face, eyes, ear, mouth or nose then instead of getting rid of it with a blow you will try to see it more closely, as if its another EEGA born again for a specific purpose on earth.
To put it more bluntly, EEGA is an Indian film which will even make the Western producer-directors sit back, take notice and ask that, Who’s this person in India making such kind of films so beautifully?
Earlier I had an opinion that only World Cinema has got some courageous directors who simply don’t like to make all those usual movies and always try to give something novel and fresh in their each new project. But now after watching both MAGADHEERA and EEGA, I am forced to change my opinion as we too have a talented creative visionary known as S. S. Rajamouli who can easily be called our Indian Magician capable of making gems equivalent to any quality cinema being made in the rest of the world.
Yes, magician is the right word to describe director S. S. Rajamouli, as I have watched his three films in a row and with each new film he has taken a giant leap ahead which I haven’t seen in Hindi films post the 70s quite honestly.
So Kudos to the creative director SSR and hats off to both his imagination and execution which arguably is beyond comparison with any other director at present in the entire Indian Film Industry. As I remember, I experienced this kind of experimental innovation tried in Hindi cinema few years back while watching A Wednesday…., and now its EEGA which forces me to give the entire credit of this not to be missed venture to only one person and that’s its magician director S. S. Rajamouli.
And this is my standing ovation to your passion for movies Sir!