Krishna and His Leela movie review: Love me Two!

Telugu, 2020

Cast:  Sidhu Jonnalegadda, Shradda Srinath, Shalini Vadnikatti, Seerat Kapoor , Jhansi and Sampath Raj

Directed by Ravikanth Perepu

Music by Sricharan Pakala

Streaming now on Netflix


Krishna and his Leela, the latest Telugu OTT offering, presented by Rana Daggubati,  is a breezy rom com that is a essentially an update on the age-old ‘one guy-two women’ staple . Though there is certainly no reinventing of the wheel here, director Ravikanth Perepu does put in a neat little job of giving some relatability and rootedness to the whole tricky subject.

Sidhu Jonnalegadda, who is also a co-writer on the film, is introduced in one of those typical cinematic ‘jilted lover boy’ fashions – with the trademark unshaven beard, pondering over life in some picturesque corners of the country. And knowing Telugu cinema, we may easily write offthe rest of the film as one suffering from the Arjun Reddy hangover. But breaking the fourth wall, Sidhu’s character Krishna assures us this could be lighter by asking us not to laugh at his emotional tales. And we pretty get the mood of the film from thereon.

Krishna does not waste time and gets to the heartbreak instantly. We are immediately told how his girlfriend Satya dumps him when she believes the relationship is not going anywhere. The breakup leaves Krishna completely broken, spending the rest of the days crying and sobbing away. It takes a few good time before he decides he is over all these girls and relationship dramas.

But Krishna cannot be kept away from his Leelas for long, and it is no surprise when he ends up immediately falling head over heels over a junior he meets at college, Radha.

As Radha claims, Krishna does not tick off any of her boyfriend material lists. But she still ends up liking the guy and Krishna would believe everything is finally smooth sailing in his love life.  However then comes the hurdle, with a job offering in Bangalore. Having to move out from Vizag, he assures an unsure Radha that they will get this long-distance working.

But things take an interesting turn when in Bangalore, where he runs into his ex-girlfriend Satya. If that is not spice enough, add an attractive roommate (Seerat Kapoor) to the mix. And you know you are getting a perfect recipe for trouble in Sidhu’s paradise.  The rest of the film has Sidhu trying to figure out the Dos and Donts of relationships. The only question is will it be too late by the time he does the figuring out.


The biggest strength of the movie undoubtedly lies in its restrained writing. At several instances, there is an opportunity to go too melodramatic or score some each cheap laughs, except for a few initial portions involving Viva Harsha. But the writing holds back and avoids falling into the usual easy trappings of Telegu commercial cinema. The characters are certainly well written, especially the women and therefore keeps the proceedings refreshingly relatable and real.

Performances also immensely helps here. After all, it is vital that the audience needs to develop a rooting interest in the characters for this set up to work. And to the credit of the writing team and the trio of Sidhu, Shradda and Shalini, the manage to nail that factor.Even the fourth wall breaking which may seem gimmicky at first, works well in opening  frank one way conversation between the audience and the main character.

Lead man Sidhu masterfully steers his complicated character convincingly through the whole messy deal. Shradda as usual impresses effortlessly, while Shalini Vadnikatti though good, finds herself a little short when it comes to the emotionally heavy sequences.  Seerat Kapoor chips in just fine with Rukhsar, a very interestingly written character that in my opinion, deserved a little more space and voice in the screenplay. Sampath and Jhansi plays the roles of Sidhu’s parents in graceful, convincing manner, with a delicately written scene showing their dynamics in a mature, no-frills manner. It was also an appreciable gesture of having the dubbing artists names alongside the actresses in the title credits.


The movie just about loses steam even with its mere 120-minute mark as the screenplay goes back and forth between the Leelas of this Krishna’s life, constantly shuffling between Vizag and Bangalore with a little Coorg detour. But Ravikanth keeps things light and constantly moving. And though the performance manages to sell the lead character’s predicament, the final speech disappointingly falls flat sticking out like a weak excuse. And also time writers realise that this lazy act of transforming their characters into overnight authors is getting a little too stale.

But these are minor quibbles in what is essentially a welcome addition to an otherwise ‘done-to-death’ romcom formula. Refreshing and sure-footed, it is worth spending a couple of hours checking out Krishna and his Leela, for an easy OTT watch.

– Joxily John

“No country for Small Films” (Part 1)

“The Rise & the fall of Indian Indies and the Boon & Bane of Digital Cinema”

(Please note that the indies I’m referring to here are the ones which are made at Rs 30 lakhs or below).

Nukkad EntertainmentIt’s kind of misnomer or call it an irony that ‘Indie’ and ‘India’ don’t go along. Sometimes people think that filmmakers from India are often referred as indie filmmakers. They are like an outcast and being an indie filmmaker in India is like being a gay, black, Arab living in Alabama State of USA. Continue reading ““No country for Small Films” (Part 1)”

Eega Movie Review: Revenge of the Musca Domestica

A year back, I was randomly reading through the filmographies of various directors of Tollywood and landed up on the page of SS Rajamouli. There was an entry for his forthcoming movie called Eega which apparently was a bi-lingual with a Tamil version called Naan Ee being shot simultaneously. What caught my eye was that it was going to be Sudeep’s proper debut in Telugu after a supporting role in RGV’s Rakta-Charitra and thus, my curiosity was piqued. Then of course came the trailer which pretty much laid out the story for us and I gotta say, I was quite dumb-struck. A guy gets killed and comes back as a fly to take revenge on his killer. But then, this was SS Rajamouli who has not had a single flop till date, if I’m not mistaken and so I figured, “Chalo, Yeh bhi dekh lete hai”. And then again, the movie also starred Nani who I’m slowly becoming a fan of, because of his affable screen presence and Samantha who to me is cuteness personified (Yeah yeah, I am human after all 😛 ).

Now the story as the trailer was kind enough to tell us is quite simple, Nani (Nani) is your friendly neighbourhood do-gooder who is madly in love with Bindu (Samantha) a social worker, who runs an NGO with her friends helping to educate kids by providing them with textbooks etc. Bindu one day approaches a tycoon Sudeep( Sudeep), who also falls for her at 1st sight. When Sudeep realizes that Nani is a competitor for Bindu’s affections and is ahead of him in the race, he brutally murders Nani and passes it off as an accident. Fortunately for Nani (And us too), He is resurrected as a fly, and decides to have his revenge on Sudeep, Makkhi style!

I gotta admit, Considering this year has been a tad underwhelming, I walked in expecting a decent entertainer and nothing more, and thankfully, Rajamouli is up to the challenge here as he pulls out all stops. 7 crores were spent on the graphics for this movie, and I can safely say that they’ve been well spent. Equal credit goes to KK Senthil Kumar for the camera work in this movie is absolutely brilliant. He actually manages to make us a part of Eega’s world and gives a new meaning to being a fly on the wall. And kudos to the graphics team for actually making an otherwise disgusting housefly look absolutely adorable and kudos to Rajamouli sir for making sure that we live the story.

The writing by Rajamouli Sir, Janardhan Maharshi and Crazy Mohan is excellent, and while I didn’t get some of the dialogues as Big Cinemas didn’t bother sourcing a subtitled print, the movie doesn’t have a single dull moment. It makes you smile during the initial romantic sequences, it shocks you during Nani’s brutal murder, it amuses you when the Eega harasses Sudeep and it thrills you when it boils down to a fight between the villain and the fly. A special mention of the sequence where the Tantrik casts a spell on 2 birds to hunt down the fly, it is a triumph of cinematography and good solid writing.

Nani steals the hearts of the audience even in a small role as the affable lover-boy and makes sure you miss him after he’s gone from the story, especially in the entire sequence before his departure. Samantha is absolutely adorable, whether as the blushing object of Nani’s affection or even while grieving his loss and even while in a rather unorthodox relationship with a fly. The chemistry between the 2 is excellent and can help reduce the wait for Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu. However the 2 showstealers in the movie are Sudeep who manages to add a decent amount of menace to an otherwise Prakash Raj like villain who is hounded by a resilient foe and of course, The Eega who I warn will be one fly you will not want to swat 😀

The music by Keeravani is quite easy on the ears, The pick of the lot being the title song and Nene Naani Ne( which has also been shot quite beautifully).

So, Verdict is, Go watch this one. SS Rajamouli’s most ambitious work till date is a treat to the senses.