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Hyper Movie Review: Nothing Commendable in this Love Story

Karthik Keramalu | @KarthikKeramalu

Updated: October 1, 2016, 11:58 AM IST
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Hyper Movie Review: Nothing Commendable in this Love Story
A still from Hyper.

Cast: Ram, Raashi Khanna, Sathyaraj, Murali Sharma, Rao Ramesh.

Director: Santosh Srinivas

Surya (Ram) falls in love with Bhanumathi (Raashi Khanna) just because his father, Narayana Murthy (Sathyaraj), thinks that she’ll be a good daughter-in-law. That’s not the point you should roll your eyes for. Here comes the bouncer. Surya doesn’t know how Bhanumathi looks as he has seen only her ‘back’. When people say, “Love is blind,” this is what they probably mean. Without having an idea of what Bhanumathi looks like, Surya roams around the town with his friends to eye the woman his father has spoken highly of. That should tell you the level of adoration he has for his father.

Making a film on the father– son relationship is not entirely a bad plotline. Nannaku Prematho, which released earlier this year, constructed a building of respect for films of such scope. But, Hyper takes a lengthy route to drive a fragile show home, and that’s where boredom sets in.

Sathyaraj plays the role of an honest government employee who doesn’t mince words when it comes to his policies. Even if a Minister (Rao Ramesh) asks Murthy to sign a piece of document that’ll allow him to come up with a mall in the center of the city, Murthy won’t give in. The middle-class government officer has obviously ruffled the egoistic Minister’s feathers.

Hyper offers space for Ram to perform almost every scene with unnecessary loudness. It brings to mind numerous Balakrishna films where his punch dialogues are enough to send the audiences into a hyper-active mode of whistling and cheering. Dialogues that don’t add any weight make their way into Hyper. Where’s the silver lining of a masala film if the lines are all punch-less?

Sathyaraj is becoming a key supporting actor in Telugu cinema. The character he plays in Hyper is closely related to the one he played in Brahmotsavam. If it was togetherness that put Sathyaraj’s character on a pedestal, it is honesty in Hyper. Rao Ramesh delivers a clear winner with his portrayal of an evil Minister. Though, we are used to his range now, he keeps pulling one rabbit after another from his hat. It’s hard to imagine some other actor in his shoes. Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha’s Murali Sharma resurfaces in Hyper. This time, however, he’s a little less foolish.

If you want to know why Indian cinema doesn’t take into account the strength of a female character, the curious case of the female lead in Hyper is a good place to start. The pretty lady, Raashi, does nothing but pack her heart in a cute box called love and courier it to Ram. Her purpose is to serve the needs of songs, and pump imbecility in the name of innocence (she gives Rs. 10,000 on the spot to a stranger after listening to a dumb story. The stranger happens to be the hero, but that’s an argument reserved for another day).

The volume in the title is certainly present in the film, yet the meandering streams of ridiculousness are too many to make this a commendable one.

Rating: 2 out of 5

First Published: October 1, 2016, 11:58 AM IST
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