Movie Review: London Babulu

RATING: 2.75/5

OVERVIEW: Gandhi (Rakshith) is a struggling youth to earn big and settle in life. His brother in law (Raja Ravindra) threatens him to divorce his sister if he fails to repay the debt on time. So Gandhi decides to earn money at any cost. He plans to fly London along his friend Panda (Satya Akkala) and comes to the city. After realizing the lengthy process of Passport and Visa, they decide to take the help of a broker (Jeeva) who misguides and cheat them. To find out whether Gandhi flew to London or not?, What is the connection between Gandhi and TV reporter Suryakantam (Swathi)? one should watch the movie on silver screen.

REVIEW: The film’s Tamil original, ‘Aandavan Kattalai’, has loads of situational comedy and some satire thrown in. ‘London Babulu’, by and large, is a faithful remake. Just because it’s meant for the Telugu audience, the soul is not destroyed in the name of nativity.

In the initial segments, Sathya and Dhanraj elicit laughs. As Rakshit and his friend try to get a passport and a room in Hyderabad, their travails are narrated in a light-veined fashion. This prevents the film from seeming dull.

In the second half, lawyer Ali and his assistant, Sathya Krishna, tickle the funny bone in a big way. Every time Sathya Krishna insults Ali’s intelligence, it’s a treat to watch. Seen in a lawyer’s dress throughout, Ali plays a refreshing character in rarity.The courtroom scenes have got both drama and some clean comedy. The way Suryakantham ends up in a soup is interestingly narrated.

The storyline of the movie is impressive. B Chinni Krishna highlighted the problems in the most hilarious manner and the situational comedy became the strong point in the story. The music by K is good and he elevated the scenes with his background score which is in sync with the situation. Cinematography is the main asset of the film. The beautiful visuals captured by the camera, are mind-blowing and the major asset of the movie. The nature locations are highlighted that show the creative value of the movie. Editing could have been better as there are few drags. Production values are good.

Final verdict of the film a situational comedy entertains, although not consistently. It is a good movie with ample entertainment and message.

                                        –panchajanya