'Crazy Fellow' hit the cinemas today (October 14). It is produced by KK Radhamohan of Sri Sathya Sai Arts.
Abhi (Aadi Saikumar) is notorious for his irresponsible and haste behaviour. He is so crazy that he once messes up with his best friend's wedding because of his 'noti doola'. One fine day, a friend makes him install a dating app. Abhi does so by concealing his identity. In no time, he matches with his beautiful colleague (Digangana Suryavanshi), who too hides her real identity in the dating app. At the office, Abhi and the female colleague get into constant fights. But in the online world, they are getting attracted to each other. There has to come a day when they will encounter each other. Can Abhi and his online lover survive the shock? If not, what happens when they realize that they are sworn enemies? Does their love story have a happy ending?
Aadi Saikumar's attempt to get into the 'Lovely' and 'Prema Kavali' groove fails here. He is no longer a fresh face, having acted in many movies since his debut in 2011. He looks out of sync here. Digangana, who we have seen last year in 'Seetimaarr', gets a raw deal. Debutante Mirnaa Menon is pretty but doesn't get much in the story.
Saptagiri's comedy doesn't register, while Narra Srinivas is watchable, given his consistent comic timing. Anish Kuruvilla, who plays the male lead's strict elder brother, is boring. Vinodhini Vaidyanathan, who plays the male lead's 'vadinamma', talks like a non-native Telugu woman; she is frustrating to watch.
RR Dhruvan's background music is found wanting in light segments. His songs are thankfully cut short by the Editor. Barring the song 'Bala Tripura Sundari', the rest of the songs are forgettable. The cinematography is lackluster.
'Crazy Fellow' is the zillionth Telugu film that glamourizes a worthless and nutty young male just because he is the leading man. He touches a woman inappropriately, doesn't do a job unless forced to, doesn't know what a career looks like, and takes pride in downing a bottle of alcohol without giving a break... But, despite his flaws and idiocy, he is a lovable guy because he sees a motherly figure in his 'vadina' (if not the mother, the sister-in-law is deployed for the purpose). He is a fab guy because he bashes up eve-teasers (in this film, they arrive every time the hero needs them to contribute to his personal development).
And can any beautiful girl not love such a gentleman? It's a given in our films. You can be a rascal, a dud, or a drunkard. As long as you bash up eve-teasers on Holi and love your 'vadina'/mother, you are a gem of a person.
We then have a heroine who faces a personal problem (her father is ailing). Our hero tells her to smile and be happy so that her good mental health transforms her father's bad physical health. Supremely intelligent!
Films like 'Prema Lekha' and 'Bodyguard' used the idea of a man and woman falling in love with each other without meeting even once. 'Crazy Fellow' doesn't build anything sensible or durable on the familiar and outdated idea. We get a twist that really tests our patience. When we realize that there are two silly women out there, we start mocking the film.
'Crazy Fellow' is simply nutty and predictable.