Vivek Athreya’s Brochevaarevarura is super interesting, neatly written and more importantly, highly entertaining.
Let me start with the title. Brochevarevarura is Telugu composition translating to, ‘who’s going to save?’, and is one of the 19 compositions of Mysore Vasudevacharya, a late Carnatic music composer. It’s pretty apt considering one of the leads, Mitra(Nivetha Thomas, in a perfectly fitting character) is an aspiring Bharathanatyam dancer. Not very subtle but hey, who wants subtlety? The title is befitting. Not just it fits the context perfectly, but also a theme of the film. Someone throughout the film is in danger, and someone else has to rise to the occasion and be saviour. The title alone speaks volumes about the film.
In one of the early scenes, as Mitra is travelling with her father, she sees a Narthanasala(which means a traditional dance academy). But father, being a typical father I’m addition to a principal of a college, closes the shade of her window. This window is transparent but is a hindrance. Again, this is not subtle. But again, who is asking for it?
When the writing is good, we learn a lot about a character in little time, we get to know Mitra, she is finding it difficult to adjust to a new life with her estranged father post her mother’s demise, and education doesn’t interest her. These two points act as a driving force for the character’s moves. But not alone, we get 3 hilarious characters. Not deeply written, but very interesting ones. RRR: Rahul(Sree Vishnu, natural), Rakesh(Priyadarshi, playing to the gallery, check out his mirror shirt) and Rambabu(Rahul Ramakrishna, neat).
These 3 are pretty chilled out, watching them made me question myself, my am I taking my self so seriously? Why can’t I be carefree, just like these 3? They are definitely not right. But the way they live is not wrong either. Do you think one shouldn’t live happily if they flunk 11th standard? You may need to analyse your life based on your answer. I guess each of us has a different answer to that question. These answers reflect our upbringing and life experiences. I personally feel education is necessary, but that’s not everything one has to do in life. This comes from my own experience. As the characters and relationships are being built in the first act, there is a lot more happening beneath.
It was nostalgic to see a teacher distributing evaluated answer sheets to students in the class, throwing insults at each one as they come and collect. Back in my school days, answer sheet distribution was one hell of a fearsome experience. Our Maths teacher beat the shit out of me for scoring 42/50. The teachers were pathetic, senseless, educated brutes. Though the teacher doesn’t hit the students here, I bought the whole atmosphere.
Mitra, frustrated with her father, plans to leave house and it’s the RRR gang that decides to help her. After a successful, hilariously staged kidnapping, Mitra leaves to Hyderabad. And that’s when the twists are thrown in that leads to a lot of fun.
The writer successfully manipulates us into believing what he wants us to. Throughout the first half, not once do we doubt what we are seeing. But there is something else, whose reveal would spoil your viewing experience, happening. There are around a dozen characters, and each one of them contributes to the story, this happens when the writing is good. The characters feel real like people we know because they talk and behave like us. There are some hilarious conversations between the RRR gang. They sound very natural, and again, the writer walks away with the cake here.
The latter part of the movie is where the film races. The scale and setup are minimal. Yet, the stakes are pretty high. There are new characters introduced, but they only add up to the fun factor. There is a thug who offers biriyani to a kidnapped Mitra and says her not to worry cause he himself has a 7 year old daughter. It’s sensibility like this which works very well. There is no evil in the film; even the antagonist has his problems! And I keep repeating this. This is possible only when the writing is super strong.
My favourite character in the film is CI Srinu(Harshavardhan, Amrutham vibes!), who has to be the dumbest police guy ever! But he is not used merely to make fun of and generate a quick laugh. No. He is a proper character with a kind heart who puts some sense into the stubborn head of Mitra’s father. See, he is a human and the writer knows it. Most of the funniest scenes involve him.
And, my favourite conversation is the one that happens as the credits roll. Looking at the scene out of the film’s context would still make a lot a sense. The RRR gang discuss how to set a goal. The conclusion that they arrive is not only funny but makes a lot of sense. It is, ‘everything that we do is a goal of sorts’, from drinking to going home safely to eating food prepared by mom! I see it as the writer’s way of telling that all of us are soo focussed on the long term goals that we always overlook these little things that complete our lives. Again, you may find them careless brutes. It’s up to you how you interpret. That’s how good films let you choose yourself.
I absolutely adored the fact that the lyrics are completly in Telugu and even the credits are only in Telugu.When did this happen in recent times?
The music is fresh and infuses a fun element with, which is very rare for a comedy. Seems Vivek Sagar is the go-to musician for fresh scripts.
Brochevarevarura is a brainy, fresh, and enjoyable comedy that subtly raises a lot of questions and in the end, is a very engaging watch.
Brochevarevarura is now streaming on Amazon Prime