Seenu (Karthi), a small-time crook, gets released from Jail on parole. None of his family members like him and his Mother (Jayasudha) disowns him because of his bad behaviour. To be able to get rid of the case filed against him, Seenu has to prove his good conduct and that’s when he joins as a caretaker of Vikramaditya (Nagarjuna), a billionaire who is a quadriplegic. What change does this development bring in the lives of these individuals, who were poles apart, forms the rest of the story.
Hats off to Nagarjuna for taking a huge risk of playing a quadriplegic inspite of being a mainstream hero. He can’t use anything other than his eyes to express throughout the movie. He did struggle a bit initially but showed his class from the moment he got into the skin of the character. Particularly, He is excellent in the emotional scenes in Second Half.
Karthi steals the show with his innocent looks and mass appeal. He takes the responsibility to generate humour and also moved the audience with his performance in emotional scenes.
Although her role has less significance as both Nag-Karthi take centrestage, Tamanna played her part to perfection. Jayasudha & the girl who played Karthi’s Sister does a fine job. Prakash Raj played a dignified role & tickles the funny bone in the combination scenes with Karthi. Anushka, Shriya, Gabriella and Adivi Sesh does guest roles. Ali and Tanikella Bharani were alright.
‘Oopiri’ is Technically sound. After ‘Bhale Bhale Magadivoy’, Gopi Sundar yet again proves what he could deliver if a right script comes his way with splendid background score. PS Vinod’s Camera Work is magnificent. The way he captured Nag’s Residence & Paris is praise worthy. Dialogues of Abburi Ravi are meaningful and touching. Production Values were rich. No one might have anticipated a feel-good movie like ‘Oopiri’ from the Director who delivered mass entertainers such as Munna, Brundavanam and Yevadu. The adaptation of ‘The Intouchables’ to suit the sensibilities of Telugu-Tamil audience is superbly done and retaining the soul of the Original is the key for success.
‘Oopiri’ is a perfect blend of Humour & Emotions. While the ample funny moments will bring a smile on everyone’s faces, emotional scenes at crucial junctures touch the hearts. This feel-good movie is all about the camaraderie between a wheelchair-bound Billionaire who wasn’t content with his life and a thief who believes money solves all the problems.
Nagarjuna is simply outstanding in ‘Oopiri’ and this is a role which earns him more respect. Karthi, on the other hand, carries the whole film on his shoulders in the first half with his carefree attitude and humor. He was able to do that without the support of comedians. Here, Painting sequence remains as a major highlight and Karth-Prakash Raj scenes are hilarious.
On the flip side, Vamsi Paidipally lost the track in the Second Half. Particularly, Nag’s dating with a Dancer and scenes of Anuskha who played his ex-flame weren’t effective. Karthi-Tamanna’s song appeared unnecessary. Even the item number in First Half looked misfit. These songs have damaged the tone of the movie to some extent. Post Paris episode, Everything falls in place and the last half-an-hour is the heart of ‘Oopiri’. Emotional scenes in pre-climax and climax have been exceptional. Lack of too much melodrama in the end is a welcome change.
Though it couldn’t match the emotional quotient in ‘The Intouchables’, ‘Oopiri’ succeeds in retaining the soul and scores better than the original in terms of humour. Youth, Families and Multiplex Audience connect big time with ‘Oopiri’. Its too early to predict how far Karthi’s characterization will draw the masses to the theatres. Overall, ‘Oopiri’ is one of the finest films ever made in Telugu Cinema.