Cinematic tales of lookalikes comply with a couple of tried and examined tropes. Red, starring Ram Pothineni in a twin position and directed by Kishore Tirumala, makes use of a few of these tropes till some extent and then the sport begins to shift, paving manner for an investigative thriller.
- Cast: Ram Pothineni, Nivetha Pethuraj, Malvika Sharma, Amritha Aiyer
- Direction: Kishore Tirumala
- Music: Mani Sharma
Red is a remake of the 2019 Tamil film Thadam, which was written by Magizh Tirumeni based mostly on a couple of true however implausible real-life incidents. We assume we all know how such tales and characterisations go — one is suave with a good work profile whereas the opposite is rugged and gambles away. When there’s a criminal offense and each find yourself as suspects, we predict we all know who might need accomplished it; however wait, it isn’t that straightforward.
Thadam was constructed on an attention-grabbing premise and Red adheres to it largely. But it additionally places forth a barely ‘mass’ model of the unique, in an effort to pander to the picture that Ram has after iSmart Shankar. An merchandise quantity is thrown in, each emotion is emphasised and every part is over defined.
Ram handles the 2 roles successfully — civil engineer Siddharth and Aditya, who is aware of a factor or two about con jobs in addition to issues of regulation! But the largest dampener in each Thadam and Red is the time taken to ascertain the 2 characters, their respective romances and thereafter juxtapose the 2 males in a stiff whodunnit.
Sure, the romances present us what kind of males they’re — as an illustration, Aditya attracts boundaries of whom and when he’ll con and that Siddharth lives as much as the belief positioned in him. But the romances aren’t attention-grabbing sufficient to maintain us invested within the proceedings. Both Malvika Sharma and Amritha Aiyer don’t have anything a lot to do, and attempt to make their elements appear convincing sufficient.
The film gathers momentum solely on the pre-interval stage when cops Nagendra Kumar (Sampath Raj) and Yamini (Nivetha Pethuraj) step in. The film’s excessive level is when Siddharth and Aditya conflict within the police station and make it amply evident that there’s a previous between them. Moments after this, somebody underlines this level about them being at loggerheads owing to a previous — as if viewers gained’t interpret this a lot!
There are moments of intrigue as each step the cops take to unravel the thriller finally ends up at a lifeless finish. What occurs within the current is interlaced with the previous tales of Siddharth and Aditya by a long-drawn childhood flashback involving Sonia Agarwal. This backstory doesn’t evoke empathy to the characters.
Mercifully there are not any songs when the thriller mode is on. Nivetha makes her presence felt as the feminine cop who is determined for solutions. Had this character been higher fleshed out, we’d have been taking a look at a pointy considering robust cop attempting to chop by the litter in entrance of her. Vennela Kishore and Satya seem in supportive elements and evoke a couple of sporadic laughs.
Red is intriguing in elements; it may have been a greater thriller had it been extra constant and, in fact, concise.