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Cast: Karthi, Tamannah, Milind Soman, Jagan, Sonia Deepti and Others.
Banner: Studio Green.
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Presenter: KE Gnanavelraja.
Producer: N. Subash Chandra Bose.
Release Date: May 21, 2010
Behind the Movie Awara: Hero Karthi fresh from the success of ‘Yuganiki Okkadu’ is a killer performer joined hands with action director Lingusamy known for movies like Run and Pandem Kodi in Telugu. Milk babe Tamanna riding too high in Tamil sky is the awesome beauty of this ‘Awara’ package with music from Yuvan Shankar Raja. Let us see, what did this ‘Awara’ the Tamil dubbed ‘Paiyaa’ did in Telugu?
Awara is a romantic and a sweet love story that develops on a journey in a car. Siva (Karthi) is struck by Charu (Tammanah's) beauty at first sight and he follows her. A chance meeting leads to serendipity, he is delighted at having her on the journey and thereon the plot moves fast.
The first half of the film is very engaging, with most of the conversations in the car and between the hero and his friends on the phone. The long drive doesn't look tedious, with characters being introduced, history being revealed and brawls, big fights, a lot of chasing, etc. One noticeable part of the story is that there are too many fights interrupting and the focus shifts from the hero wanting to disclose his love to him getting engaged in fighting the baddies.
The latter half of the film continues with two warring groups baying for the lead pair's love and blood. Once that has been settled, it's love matter again. The beauty of any love story is how and when a person expresses his love to the lady, but here after all the arduous moments the lead pair go through one would want to see how the reticent hero breaks ice, but the fun is lost with the friends doing the job for him.
Songs are sweet, good writing, cinematography makes the movie interesting. Slender beauty Tamannah with her wash board abs and tiny waists makes her presence felt, she doesn't have too many dialogues but despite that she gives in the required anxious expressions. Karthi's biggest plus point is that he looks so ordinary, like a guy next door, he lends an element of self assuredness to his character and steers the wheels confidently, becomes Tamannah's knight in shining armour with élan and ease, there is no high drama out there from his side, exhibits his personal style. He has his light-hearted one liners and is supported by a group of friends.
But the Telugu dialogues seem unsettling, it is laced with a slight Tamil accent. Milind Soman's appearance as one of the villain wipes out any monotony onscreen. FYI Awara is a cool entertainer, a nice drive recommended this summer.
Values of the Movie Awara: Lingusamy never takes up laborious stories, he believes in strong and action narration. May it be ‘Run or Pandem Kodi,’ you feel an incredible punch in the movie which is totally missed in ‘Awara.’ His story is thinner than wafer and script was very weak. Direction wise, there are few interesting action episodes and two well picturized songs but nothing more. Dialogues by Shashank Vennalakanti are just okay. Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja was good for two songs and background score. Madi’s Cinematography was wonderful in songs and some intelligent and new camera angles were seen in action episodes. Editing by Antony was sharp only in second half.
Performance wise Karthi was versatile but there were few raw facial expressions. Stunts wise he was mindblowing and dances wise he was uncomfortable. Best part of the movie is Karthi’s self dubbing which gave new feel to character. Tamanna was again gorgeous looking in traditional and trendy costumes. In one of the song sequences, the way she swings her hip with hot navel sending down the vibrations, you fell flat for her. Hope she repeats it with Allu Arjun in ‘Badrinath’ for Telugu audience too. Milind Soman has a very short role while Sonia of ‘Happy Days’ fame is not worth mentioning. Remaining few artists are from Tamil land whom we doesn’t recognise much.
Out of the Movie Awara: Lingusamy’s typical racy script with action touch was missing in this 'Action mixed love story' Awara. Movie runs very slow in first half as audience leave the hall for interval with nothing in their minds. Second half was considerably dealt well with action episodes. Other than Tamanna and Karthi, none will have importance and none will impress you. Karthi needs to get developed in dances as his uneasy attitude was visible on screen. Tamanna will steal your heart and guys…she is hot. Action episodes are overtly dealt with wires which may not be liked by Telugu audience. Overall if Tamanna, Karthi, two songs, good cinematography are positives; weak script, no story line, exhaustive first half will drain the movie. Better part is that, length of ‘Awara’ was just two hours.
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