Verdict: A new and interesting story elevated by great performances and direction.
Awe has an ensemble cast of Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen, Regina Cassandra, Eesha Rebba, Srinivas Avasarala, Murli Sharma, Priyadarshi, Devadarshini and voice-overs by Nani and Ravi Teja. The movie has been directed by debutante Prashanth Varma. The cinematography has been handled by Karthik Gattamaneni and the editing by Goutham Nerusu. The music for the movie has been done by Mark K. Robin. The movie has been produced under the banner Wall Poster Cinema by Nani and Prashanthi Tipirineni.
WHAT'S AWE ABOUT:
Awe narrates multiple stories simultaneously; each with a novelty of its own. The story of Radha (Eesha Rebba) is of somebody who is trying to convince her orthodox parents of her relationship. Nala (Priyadarshi), an unemployed young man tries to get a job as a chef at a restaurant and is encountered by a fish (Nani) and a bonsai tree (Ravi Teja). Shiva (Srinivas Avasarala) works as a watchman but is actually a scientist trying to invent a time-machine. Moksha is a little girl who loves doing magic tricks and meets a narcissistic magician (Murli Sharma) who belittles her. Meera (Regina Cassandra) is a drug addict who works as a waitress trying to help her boyfriend steal money from the cafe that she works at. The movie is about how all these independent stories come together to influence Kali (Kajal Aggarwal).
Right from the first minute, Awe keeps the audience glued to the screen. It binds different genres of storytelling into a tight narrative. Every story has an intriguing element that invokes wonderment, excitement, and fear. The debut director Prasanth Varma has done a great job in bringing various characters together. The screenplay makes the cinema move through all the stories seamlessly and the editing helps in this process greatly. The music of the movie is balanced and elevates the moods of the stories being told. The characters and their surroundings played an integral part in the storytelling. The art, costume and makeup departments deserve kudos for this. Albeit short screen times, all the actors have performed well. Kajal, Nithya Menen, Regina Cassandra, Murli Sharma, Srinivas Avasarala and Priyadarshi have delivered amazing performances. The climax is especially well visualized and jolts the audience.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:
Awe does justice to its narrative. But a little attention to details would have made the movie even more impactful.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH:
It is very rare to see a Telugu movie like Awe. It is refreshing to experience a new kind of storytelling which oscillates between whacky and thrilling. It is an extremely brave attempt by the producers to make a movie like Awe. Awe is as entertaining as much as it demands the audience to think and understand the underlying meaning. Go watch it and be awed!
–By Jeevani Sammeta