Allu Sirish is riding high with the success of Srirastu Subhamastu. On the other hand, director Vi Anand whose last directorial Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada has won both critical acclaim as well as the commercial success. The duo, Sirish-Anand collaboration has naturally garnered the attention. In addition to this, the film’s title, teaser and promos have built the curiosity on Okka Kshanam.
The concept of ‘Parallel Lives’ is something that is new and fresh. Anand has made a well constructed edge of the seat scientific-fiction thriller making Parallel Lives as the backdrop. The film offers enough twists and turns that keep you hooked till the end.
Jiva (Allu Sirish) is a mechanical engineer who is unemployed. He has a great focus on the things that he does. The good thing is that he doesn’t divert himself until he finishes the task that he has taken up.
He sees Jyotsna aka Jyo (Surbhi) at B 57 (basement 57) in Inorbit mall. Love at first sight it is and something brews between the duo.
Jyo shares her contact with Jiva. Sooner, they both get along. What is in the story? How are the lives of Jiva and Jyo are connected with the lives of Swathi (Seerat Kapoor) and her husband Srinivas (Avasarala Srinivas).
Allu Sirish as Jiva has delivered a natural performance. With each film, Sirish is improving on his acting craft. After Srirastu Subhamastu, Sirish took his acting prowess to the next level. Surbhi’s acting was at ease. She describes the line, beauty with brains, well. She appeals with both her acting talent as well as her glam show. Surbhi was gorgeous in songs. Sirish and Surbhi make a good pair. The duo did not fail to impress the audience.
Post Raju Gari Gadhi 2, Seerat has chosen a significant role of Swathi in the film. Avasarala Srinivas yet again impresses us with a supporting role that has a good screen presence. Praveen as Pappi ( a software engineer) and comedian Satya as Animutyam alias Pagadam Satyam (as work at home thief) got good roles which offer great comedy. Comedian Raghu as Aslam Bhai surprises with a serious role. PRO Eluru Sreenu is seen in an interesting guest role. Despite a short cameo, he did a decent job. Rest of the characters also did a decent job. The villain’s role is good.
Allu Sirish & Surbhi
Avasarala & Seerat Kapoor
Drags at portions
Okka Kshanam is not the kind of the film that one gets to watch often in Telugu cinema. It is certainly a rare treat. Director Vi Anand achieves the entire credit in choosing a story of two couples whose lives are connected parallelly. Interestingly the narration of the story is where Anand succeeded further. Of course, the film’s lead cast Allu Sirish, Surbhi have carried the whole film on their shoulders by giving life to the role of Jiva and Jyo. Seerat and Srinivas too did their parts well.
The first half of the film is quite engaging. The romantic scenes between Sirish, Surbhi worked well. The pre-interval twist is what sets the mood for the second half. And the second half did live up to what the first half promises. It drags to an extent, but on the whole, Okka Kshanam ends on a perfect thriller. The twists and turns in the film enthrall the audience.
Technically, the film stands out. Be it music or camera work or slick editing, the technical crew has delivered what is needed. By and large, Okka Kshanam is a treat to the fans of thriller films.
Okka Kshanam is a feast to the eye. Don’t miss it.