Critics rating: 3.0
User rating: 4.0
Cast: Varun Tej, Sai Pallavi, Sai Chand, Satyam Rajesh
Music: Shakti Kanth
Director: Sekhar Kammula
Producer: Dil Raju
Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations
Varun is an NRI who visits Bhanswada village in Telangana for elder brother’s marriage. He falls in love with Bhanumati (Sai Pallavi) who is sister of bride. She’s a typical village girl with overwhelming self confidence. She vows not to leave her father and village even after marriage.
Though Bhanumati also likes Varun, she refrains from expressing her love due to a misunderstanding. Varun leaves to USA along with newly married couple. One fine day, he calls Bhanu and proposes her. She not only rejects but also insults him. Hurt Varun teases Bhanu by sending her his intimate pic with a foreigner girlfriend.
In a fit of rage, Bhanu agrees to a marriage proposal brought by her father. In this scenario, Bhanu has to travel to US to help sister who’s pregnant. Can Varun impress adamant Bhanu? Will She accept his love and stay back in the US? Curious to know the answers, go watch Fidaa at your nearest theaters.
Fidaa is typical Sekhar Kammula flavour film. It’s a regular romantic entertainer. Story has nothing new to offer. Story revolves round Bhanumati’s role. Sekhar took extra care in designing heroine’s character. Her average looks and Telangana slang is the USP of the film. Screenplay has its highs and lows. First half is fun filled with interesting romantic chemistry between lead pair.
Telangana village set up will bring lively feel. Sekhar Kammula’s treatment of sensitive emotions and delicate nuances adds necessary warmth. Scene shifts to the USA post interval. The film also gets heavier with emotionally touching moments. Sentiment filled family drama slows the pace of the film in second half and it appears dragged towards the climax.
Sai Pallavi steals the show with her terrific performance. Sekhar Kammula made wise decision by making her dub herself, otherwise it would have looked artificial. Sai Pallavi did splendid job in getting her Telangana dialogues pitch perfect. She also excelled in emotional scenes.
Varun Tej is cool as NRI, he couldn’t help imitating Pawan Kalyan, might not be his conscious attempt. Satyam Rajesh adds his humorous touch.
Background score is soulful and couple of songs haunt you out of theaters. Cinematography needs a special mention for capturing picturesque village greenery and exotic US locations.
Varun Tej & Sai Pallavi chemistry
Duration of the film
Lags in second half
Verdict: Fidaa is a roallercoaster ride of love, fun and emotions.