Verdict: Vijay and Rashmika prove to be the superhit pair yet again.

After the magnificent hit Geetha Govindham, Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Manadanna are back together with an intense love story titled Dear Comrade. Directed by debutant Bharat Kamma, this drama is one of the most eagerly awaited movies in recent times. Carrying enormous expectations amongst the audience, let’s see if the duo continues its superhit run in cinemas.

What’s Dear Comrade About:

Chaintanya, fondly called as Bobby (Vijay Deverakonda) is a student leader at a university in Kakinada, known for his aggressive nature and communist ideology. Aparna Devi alias Lily (Rashmika Mandanna) is a state-level cricket player who comes to Kakinada from Hyderabad and happens to become Bobby’s neighbor. Bobby falls for Lily and proposes to her. Although Lily rejects his initial proposal, she eventually falls in love with him. However, given Bobby’s anger issues, misunderstandings erupt between them and the couple separates. Bobby goes on to become a sound therapist and manages to settle well in life with a grip on his anger as well. Three years later, he meets Lily only to see that she has been clinically depressed all these years. After learning about her mental state, they eventually begin a new journey together. How Bobby instills courage in Lily and makes her fight for justice forms the rest of the story.

What Works:

Dear Comrade is not the usual love-break-up-and-reunite sort of love story but has more layers to it. The poetic treatment by debutant Bharat Kamma instantly gives a feeling of warmth to this love story. While the first half deals with the chemistry between the lead pair, the second half addresses some burning issues like sexual harassment at the workplace. Vijay Devarakonda is in his element and has given the best of what we see from him. Rashmika Mandanna is superb in her significant role, which goes beyond just playing the lead actor’s girlfriend. Dear Comrade is undoubtedly a perfect second outing after their blockbuster Geetha Govindham. Justin Prabhakaran’s melodies will soothe your ears while the background score is emphatic. Sujith Sarang’s camerawork is brilliant, especially the frames in the Himalayas episodes that have come out really well. Although the length of the movie is long, editing is brisk.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The slow pace coupled with the long run time act as a minor deterrent to an otherwise well-made movie. The transition from the first half to the second half could have been better too.

Why You Should Watch:

Dear Comrade gives a thumping message to the society that every person needs a comrade  who gives them strength and the courage to speak up against injustice. It is an important movie in the #MeToo era especially in an industry beset with male chauvinism. This important message, amalgamated with spellbinding performances by Vijay and Rashmika, makes Dear Comrade a must-watch.