Jio Rockers Review : Brand Babu – Uneven ride of comedy and emotions
Release date : August 03, 2018
Starring : Sumanth Shailendra, Eesha Rebba, Murli Sharma
Director : Prabhakar Podakandla
Producers : Shailendra Babu
Music Director : JB
Cinematographer : Karthik Palani
Starring Sumanth Shailendra and Eesha Rebba in lead roles, Brand Babu is all geared up for release tomorrow. We have been to a special screening of the movie today. Let us check whether Brand Babu manages to impress the viewers.
Diamond Babu(Sumanth Shailendra), who is the only son of a rich businessman(Murali Sharma) is obsessed with luxury brands. He decides to find a partner who has a similar mentality. In that process, he falls in love with the home minister’s daughter(Poojitha Ponnada).
During the same time, a maid(Eesha Rebba) in the home minister’s house thinks that Babu is in love with her and starts living in her own imaginary world. After a key twist in the tale, Babu realizes that he is actually in love with the maid. Will he be able to get over his obsession with brands and confess his true love? What are the troubles that he faces in the process? Watch the movie on big screens to know the answers to these questions.
The male lead, Sumanth Shailendra, looks good on screen and he comes up with a decent performance in his debut movie. He does well in the role of a stone-hearted person who puts his obsession over human emotions. Sumanth is well supported by Eesha Rebba, who delivered a settled performance in the role of a lower-middle-class person. Her ease of acting is a major asset to the movie.
Poojitha Ponnada, who played the second fiddle role looks really beautiful and she puts her acting skills to good use in light-hearted episodes. Murali Sharma, as he normally does, entertains the viewers with his lively and natural performance. His comedy timing is right on point and provides some much-needed relief to the viewers in the pre-climax episode.
The theme of the movie has a lot of scope for tummy tickling comedy and we can clearly see Maruti’s mark in the core plot of the film. The movie starts off on an interesting note as the hero’s obsession with brands is a striking concept and that holds the attention of the viewers for a while.
The storyline deserved a better treatment as these kinds of storylines need proper detailing and attention in order to strike a chord with the audience. The director banks on the comedy quotient in the script and leaves emotions to the air. As a result, the movie lacks an emotional connection, making most of the family-oriented scenes look fake and unappealing.
The movie gains decent momentum after a key twist in the interval plot and that lays a solid platform for a fun-filled second half. However, things take dismal turns in the latter half as unconventional comedy tests the patience of the viewers. A couple of silly episodes that have no real connection with the storyline destroy the tempo of the film.
For most parts, the logic goes missing and many scenes look undercooked for the very same reason. Also, the comedy sequences between the hero’s family members are not-so-convincing.
The director, Prabhakar chose a winning storyline that could have worked wonders if it was executed properly on screen. However, he messes it up with his unconventional approach and half-baked screenplay.
The casting department has done a poor job as the supporting cast fail to bring out what is expected from them. This takes a toll on the authenticity of the proceedings as the viewers cannot connect with the characters.
The music director, JB, did a decent job as two songs in the movie have repeat value. His background score is attractive and adds a decent vibe to quite a few scenes. The production values for the movie are really good as every frame looks rich and vibrant.
On the whole, Brand Babu has a good story but does not get the treatment and narration it deserves. The hero’s characterization looks interesting and offers some fun in the initial stages. However, the director loses track in the second half and this is where things get out of control. If all you want is a unique concept and intriguing hero characterization, you can give this movie a shot but others can look for a better choice this weekend.