Its more than 25 years that a sensation called Maine Pyaar Kiyaa(1989) happened. A love story that defined a generation. Now a generation changed. Love changed. People changed the way they look at and experience love in their lives.Now a Telugu film with the same title is out this weekend. A national award winning filmmaker, good looking new pair of actors, promising music and interesting visuals that capture contemporary software environment sure looks curious and deserve an instinctive comparison. Though filmmakers kept saying it has nothing to do with earlier classic, we sure can ignore their pleas and get in to an analysis of Maine Pyaar Kiya of 2014.
Naveen (Pradeep) is a flirtatious, happy-go lucky software engineer. Shalini (Isha Talwar) is a new recruit with a proper head on her shoulder. Naveen has a past with Shalini in their childhood. He wants to conceal it effectively as he fears rejection from Shalini whom he is now in love head over heals. What is that past and how it is related to another love story from past is the story.
Pradeep as Naveen is good with his screen presence and body language. His reckless body language suits the character very much. Isha Talwar is beautiful and makes a good pair with Pradeep that is essential for a love story. Real surprise actually comes from a new actor Satyadev who played Bharath. His acting, character transformation and the way he convincingly played two ages makes him take a note. This film is Madhuitha’s come back vehicle and she is very convincing. Viva Harsha and Posani Krishnamurali are wasted. Venu makes an impact as lead comedian in the pack. All the child artists did very well in the film.
What makes a love story heartening on screen apart from good lead pair is cinematography and music. This film has both. Pradeep Kumar’s impressive background and melodious tunes add to the film. Vishweshwar Sv’s cinematography is note worthy. The national award winning filmmaker Pradeep Madugula who failed to impress with his first feature film Billa-Ranga comes back to make his point. And makes the point well. He seem to have flair for serious emotional subjects than comedy. He fails in dealing with comedy in the fist half but make the most important drama effective in the second half.
Maine Pyaar Kiya at the end only retain some feel of the earlier classic and tells a modern tale of love. Its a film worth a watch for its flashback episodes and impressive performance by Satyadev.