A gripping thriller with a unique premise
What is the performance about?
Aadhi (Rahul Vijay) is a delivery boy who works at Repeat, while Durga (Amala Paul) is the CI at Khairatabad Police Station. They have nothing in common. However, the kidnapping of a boy, Varun, binds them together in an unusual way. What is their connection? Did it help save the boy? It forms the basic plot of the series.
Amala Paul is the star attraction of the show. She plays a cop with attitude (in parts) and heroism. It’s right in her zone, given Amala Paul’s vast experience in the commercial space. She takes charge and does it convincingly. There’s less drama for her character compared to Rahul, but that’s because it’s more heroic in comparison.
Rahul Vijay who plays Aadhi is the right choice for the role. He is simple, modest and fits the picture of a typical struggling youth. The role offers Rahul Vijay plenty of room for drama, and he delivers it with aplomb. Most of it is expressing fear and sadness, and he is good at them.
Pawan Kumar of Lucia and U-Turn fame directs Kudi Yedamaithe. It’s right in his zone with regard to the subject matter and the director does his best to make it as captivating as possible.
The opening is a bit of a struggle to literally get going, but once we get to the crux of the time-loop, there’s no turning back. Pawan Kumar does a great job (usually) holding attention when the same thing is repeated until nausea.
Pawan Kumar benefits greatly from the earlier handling of complex storylines. Its success lies in the fact that despite complications and tousled nature on the great caveat, the screenplay is simple and emotionally connects. The same is the case with Kudi Yedamaithe.
The subplots with the Adi song add the emotional undercurrent while keeping the tension and intrigue intact. However, this is not the case with Durga as it causes a lot of confusion at times. It will be answered in due course, but it may lead to someone scratching their heads and trying to understand when the incident first occurred.
The muddiness is usually the problem with stories and scenarios where time is a critical component. Anything that tampers with time confuses. Kudi Yedamaithe is no different, but it is less. There is much to enjoy about the way the screenplay has been developed. Of course, it demands and demands a lot of attention from the viewer.
After all the complications, the ending is nicely put together. It has the tension in place, but is a little underwhelming. It’s a minor niggle, but it’s a problem nonetheless.
All in all, Kudi Yedamaithe is a captivating thriller based on a unique concept. Other than a few servings in the middle that feel chaotic and chaotic, it delivers what it promised for such a premise.
Apart from the two main lead roles, the rest has bits and pieces. However, the good thing is that everyone is well cast for their part, and they do a good job regardless of the length. Ravi Prakash is given a character far removed from his usual twists and turns and presented adequately. Apart from him, there are lesser-known faces, but they have nothing to complain about.
Music and other departments?
Poornachandra Tejaswi SV’s background score is excellent. It adds to the spicy feel of the story. Advaitha Gurumurthy’s cinematography is decent. It is better than the usual short film level quality seen in most Telugu web series. The editing is a make-or-break aspect for the series. Bad work would have made the outing disastrous. Suresh Arumugam did a fantastic job. The writing is neat for the most part.
Sometimes confusing story
A much more sophisticated story with a big bang at the end would have heightened the proceedings further. Edge Of Tomorrow, Russian Doll and Game Over (Telugu movie starring Tapsee) are other recent examples of movies or series where the story uses the time loop concept.
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