Review: Orange leaves audiences groping in the dark

Review: Orange leaves audiences groping in the dark
In a season of love stories comes another tale of romance, this time starring Telugu superstar Ram Charan Teja. But Teja's efforts to reinvent himself as a lover boy in Orange are hampered by a thin storyline that leaves audiences groping in the dark.

Ram (Ram Charan Teja) is a graffiti painter who stays with his sister (Manjula) and brother-in-law (Sanjay Swaroop) in Sydney. He meets Jaanu (Genelia D'Souza) and promptly falls in love with her innocent charms. But Ram apparently doesn't believe in a love that lasts forever. Lovers, he claims, stop caring less and less about each other as time passes and eventually look for reasons to separate. The offer of a 'conditional' relationship is however not acceptable to Jaanu who wants Ram to love her forever. When questioned by a police officer (Prakash Raj), Ram reveals how he once fell in love with a girl called Ruba (Shazahn Padamsee) and had to live a life of lies just to please her. He doesn't want to be untrue to himself for the sake of someone else. Is Jaanu able convince Ram that love can indeed last forever? Does Ram realise he is losing true love even though he doesn't have any strong reasons to do so? Those are the kind of questions that are answered in the climax of the film.

While Teja puts in a credible performance despite not having a strong script to back him up, Genelia shines in the first half. Shazahn Padamsee, who makes her debut in Tollywood with Orange, is also a delight to watch. If her performance is anything to go by, Padamsee looks set for a long innings down South. Avasarala Srinivas, Vennela Kishore and Brahmanandam provide good comic relief in the film. The breathtaking beauty of Sydney and other foreign locales is brought alive on the screen by some brilliant camerawork.

It is not in its attempt to explain love from a fresh angle that Orange flounders. Where director Bommarillu Bhaskar seems to have taken a wrong turn is to try and reduce love to a mathematical formula that measures its highs and lows over time. A choreography that fails to capitalise on the film's chart topping music score and lax screenplay especially in the second half are huge letdowns as well. The climax does not live up to the film's promise and the abruptness with which Orange ends, only creates more confusion for the audience.

Cast: Ram Charan Teja, Genelia D'Souza, Shazahn Padamsee, Brahmanandam, Avasarala Srinivas, Prabhu, Prakash Raj, Nagababu, Sanjay Swaroop, Vennela Kishore, Sameer, Madhurima, Gayatri Rao, Manjula, Pooja, Kalipika, Pragatika, and others.

Credits: Music - Harris Jayaraj,
Cinematography: D. Rajasekhar, Kiran Reddy
Editing: Marthand K. Venkatesh
Dialogues: Thota Prasad
Lyrics: Ramajogaiah Sastry, Vanamali, Surendra Krishna
Producer: Nagababu
Story, screenplay and direction: Bommarillu Bhaskar
Banner: Anjana Productions
Released on: November 26, 2010