CAST: Nagarjuna, Karthi, Tamannaah, Jaya Sudha, Prakash Raj, Nikkita Anil Kumar, Tanikella Bharani, Kalpana, Anushka, Shriya Saran, Gabriella Demetriades and Ali
DIRECTION: Vamshi Paidipally
DURATION: 2 hours 33 minutes
MUSIC: Gopi Sunder
In general, remakes are a tough bet. More so, when the film is a French classic like The Intouchables and is being remade for a regional audience in a foreign land like India which is completely different in terms of the culture and sensibilities. And that’s how Oopiri comes across as a ‘breath’ of fresh air because along with managing to stay true to the original (in every aspect), this film also stands on its own and lives up to its tagline ‘celebration of life’. For Oopiri is the story of bonding between two unconventional men – Vikram Aditya (Nagarjuna) and Seenu (Karthi) – whose paths meet on their journey of life. Vikram is a millionaire whose life has paused after a grave accident that incapacitated his body from below the neck and unknowingly is in search of true meaning of existence. Seenu is a petty criminal and a happy young man who shares a rather strained relationship with his family and all he wants from life is money to get rid of all troubles.
We are taken into the lives of these two men and their different worlds and in the midst of it all, we experience how they make each other’s life so different that there comes a point we wonder if they’d be as happy with each other. From ensuring the soul is intact to successfully recreating a story for a completely different set of audiences, Oopiri sets a benchmark for adaptations in Telugu cinema and paves the way for more exciting genres. Director Vamshi Paidipally makes a difficult task seem easier than reading out ABC! And, he does that by bringing together two leading mainstream actors from different film industries. Can it get any better?