Verdict: A tangy, youthful, and romantic movie.

Post his blockbuster celluloid debut, Kartikeya Gummakonda is back with yet another romantic movie titled Hippi, directed by T. N. Krishna of the Sillunu Oru Kadhal fame, which happens to be his directorial debut in Telugu. Also making their foray into Telugu cinema is Digangana Suryavanshi of the Jalebi and Rangeela Raja fame, paired opposite Kartikeya and Jazba Singh. Versatile actor J. D. Chakravarthy is seen in a prominent role alongside Vennela Kishore and Md. Asif. The music, cinematography, and editing departments have been handled by Nivas K Prasanna, R. D. Rajasekhar, and Praveen K.L respectively. While the promos have certainly amplified the bar, let’s see what is in the offering for viewers watching Hippi.

What’s Hippi About:

Hippi Devadas (Kartikeya) is a guy with a carefree attitude and does what he likes to do. However, his life is under his control no more after he meets Aamuktha Mahilya (Digangana) and breaks up with his previous girlfriend. What happens between them and will they remain united forms the rest of the story.

What Works:

One can’t stop appreciating Kartikeya’s choice of scripts. While he excelled in the role of a failed lover in RX 100, he has given a whole new dimension to the Hippi’s character, which has several shades. His body language aptly suits him when he plays a kick-boxer, a Casanova, a guitarist, and a lover. Digangana steals the show with her exemplary performance and her beauty adds glamour. The other character that is equally important as the lead pair and one would remember even after coming out of the theatres is Aravind, played by J. D. Chakravarthy. His flamboyant act impresses big time. It is refreshing to see him after a while. Jazba Singh is cute and impressive in her limited role. Vennela Kishore brings out the laughter while Md. Asif‘s act as the fighter is fierce.

T. N. Krishna makes a successful debut in Telugu with Hippi. Though his earlier movie Sillunu Our Kadhal was dubbed in Telugu and was a moderate hit, it is certainly Hippi that has raised his benchmark. His writing is commendable and the way he has brought the best out of his actors must be appreciated. Prasanna’s music and the background score have carried the essence of Hippi to the next level and Rajasekhar’s camera work is substantially splendid. Praveen’s editing couldn’t have been better than this.

What Could’ve Been Better:

A lot of double meaning dialogues makes it difficult to watch this movie along with families.

Why You Should Watch:

Hippi is a tangy romantic movie with loads of comedy, action, and emotions that will appeal to the youth. Kartikeya exceeds expectations and he has proved that he is not a one-movie wonder but is here to stay and rule the roost.

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