Eega movie review

In the making for nearly two and a half years, Eega has a lot of box office hopes riding on it. Not because of the subject, not because of the script, not because of the actors, not because of the producers, but for the fact that it is directed by SS Rajamouli.

 

It is because of his track record that there are a lot of expectations of riding on it. With not a star in the cast, it was a huge gamble to invest 30 crores on the movie. The money invested shows, as the CG work in the movie is something that has never been seen in a Telugu movie.

 

What keeps the audience glued to the movie? They lay in wait for the housefly, and when it does come they want to see what made Rajamouli believe in this all through. The thing that made him postpone the release a few times. The effort is there for all to see.

 

It is said that the barometer of a good actor is his/her performance in the close-up shots. The protagonist in the movie, Eega, has only close-up shots and the credit for its performance goes to the people in charge of the Graphics department and the cinematographer.

 

In the interim there were a lot of rumours flying around. Eega was getting delayed because Rajamouli was ghost directing ‘Rajanna’, his father’s debut directorial venture. It was said that the major portions of the movie were being reshot. When he announced the last delay in the release, he said that it was to fine-tune the product.

 

And now that it has released, the biggest hooters in the theatre are the children. They watched the movie in rapt attention and raising their voice whenever the ‘Eega’ on the screen did something extraordinary. The fact that the children understood the major parts tells us the greatness of the linear method of storytelling.

 

Apart from the scenes involving the ‘Eega’, the maximum run-time has been allotted for the romance thread between the lead pair. Naani charms his way into the audiences’ hearts with these few sequences.

 

From Maryada Ramanna, Rajamouli has made it a habit to reveal the story and it’s flow to the audience. He has done the same with ‘Eega’ too. Credit to the director and the writer’s then that the pace doesn’t slacken at any moment and keeps the viewer glued to his seat.

 

  • For the first time since ‘Koshish’, a protagonist doesn’t have any talking to do. ‘Eega’ doesn’t have any expressions to rely on, nor does it have long monologues. Yet people are drawn to its efforts in trying to kill the antagonist. The workout routine, the exasperated sequences, the escaping from the traps, the feeling of vengeance. All of these have been conveyed without a single twitch of brow from the protagonist. The real protagonist’s then are the Graphics people, cinematographer, and the director himself

 

  • Sudeep is the find from this movie. Rajamouli has been known to give a lot of importance to the antagonist’s role. In eega too, he does the same. A lot more frustrated and less terrifying, Sudeep does convey the expressions that the director wants him to. To his credit, he registers an impact from the very first sequence. His entry is one of the best, if not the best, an antagonist has ever had.

 

  • Samantha doesn’t have a lot to do in the movie. She is expected to carry a forlorn expression majority of the time and does it well. Going by her look, one feels her sequences were shot before the release of Dookudu. Credit is due to both Samantha and Sudeep, because they would have shot the sequences with the protagonist without him. Seen in that light, Sudeep has come up with a stellar performance

 

  • Naani, expectedly sizzles in the short role. Every lover in the state would be inspired by the positive light he throws on the rebuttal by Samantha. As said earlier, he charms his way into the audiences hearts. His character sketch is the reason for people baying for the antagonist’s blood.

 

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West Indies V New Zealand – First ODI

Bereft of choices, through injuries and resting players, New Zealand is actually making West Indies look like a force to reckon with. With the win in the first ODI, West Indies have now won three matches on trot. This win would be more satisfactory than the wins they registered in the two T20 games in Florida.

 

Everything came together for them in Kingston. The bowling by the new-ball bowlers, Narine containing the batsmen, and finally the firepower in the batting coming good. Everything that the West Indies wanted to happen in the match, happened. If one has to be picky, then the fielding needs improvement. Though they held all their catches, it was the ground fielding that left a lot to be desired.

 

Man of the match, Andre Russell, combined swing with intelligence to take three wickets in his first spell. He removed Guptill with a ball that moved away late. Guptill edged it to Sammy at second slip. It was his bowling to Flynn that made the spectators sit up. He beat him with an away swinger first up, progressively got the ball closer to the stumps. Needless to say, Flynn was nervous with such close introspection of his technique.

 

They continued the battle into the next over. Russell got a couple of balls to move away from the shorter length. Flynn spotted the length of both deliveries and rocked back, spontaneously. He was beaten by the swing though. At this stage it looked like the second wicket was round the corner. Russell, then bowled a fuller ball that Flynn lofted over mid-off for a boundary. The shot had an air of assertiveness as he came onto the front-foot and lofted it well over the mid-off fielder.

 

Nicol, the batsman at the other end had similar problems in negating the swing. He used his feet in a pre-meditated manner to negate the movement. It seemed to pay dividends as he got the first boundary off the innings, in the fifth over, by lofting it over cover. He gained in confidence when he moved across and mowed a fuller delivery to cow-corner.

 

Flynn was looking to continue his assertiveness over Russell as he got right behind a short delivery and pulled it to deep midwicket. However, he got ahead of himself when he looked to cut a short of good length delivery and ended up getting a bottom edge onto the stumps. He had himself to blame as that was a delivery that could’ve been left alone.

 

Worse was to follow as Nicol ended up mistiming the slog to cow corner and was caught at deep square-leg. Things could’ve been even worse if Williamson got height on his edge to deep midwicket. The introduction of Narine into the attack slackened the run-rate. The batsmen were unable to pick him and allowed him to continue his golden run against them. His first spell was so good that only four runs came of the five overs he bowled. He did deceive Brownlie to get a wicket in his first spell.

 

Williamson at the other end tried to break the shackles by pulling Bravo for a boundary. The fall of Brownlie’s wicket made him go back into the shell. Watling tried to up the pace by attacking Bravo. He pulled and flicked to get himself a couple of boundaries.

 

After Narine was replaced by Samuels, Williamson did the sensible thing of rotating the strike. When Sammy replaced Bravo, Williamson tried to run a ball down to the third-man region and got a faint tickle. At this time, the woes of the Black Caps were apparent. Every time they seemed like getting a start, they were pegged back by a wicket. Half of the side was in the hut with just 71 runs on the board.

Oram had to build a partnership with Watling and he did just that. He pulled, cover-drove, and lofted for boundaries. With him around, the batting Powerplay was always going to be an advantage. Oram took eleven runs of the returning Narine and seemed to have set the pace, but as was seen earlier in the innings, the joy was short-lived. After whipping a ball to the midwicket boundary, he was deceived by a slower ball from Rampaul. He played his shot early and was bowled.

 

It was left to Watling then, to carry the Kiwi’s to a respectable total. In partnership with Ellis, he added forty four runs, albeit slowly, and took them past the 150 mark. Ellis, like the batsmen before him got ahead of himself, as he tried to make room, and cut a Narine delivery. He was beaten all ends up as the ball hit the middle stump.

 

The 17 runs added by Nethula and Southee inched the score to 190 and gave the bowlers something to bowl at. However, Kiwi’s had another shock in the form of an injury to their bowler. Ellis did something to his quad while running between the wickets, and wouldn’t be able to take the field for them.

 

Mills started the innings with a maiden, and like in the T20’s Gayle took his time to get his eye in. At the other end, Simmons found the going tough and tickled a delivery down the leg side to the keeper. Though the shot selection was poor, he was done in by a mistake from the third umpire. The third umpire failed to call the wicket ball a no-ball as Mills had overstepped

 

Thereafter it was a Gayle and Smith show till it rained. Smith got his eye in and exploded towards the end of the innings.

 

It would take a lot of effort from the Kiwi’s to get back into the series, and for that they need to sort out their problems with Narine and Gayle