Nani has carved out a niche for himself. Prashant Varma had directed a short film ‘Dialogue in the dark’, a short film made with virtual audio where one could experience it with by plugging in earphones. Prashant’s directorial debut Awe has been making quite noise for its ensemble cast including Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen, Regina Cassandra, Murali Sharma, Priyadarshi and voice overs by Ravi Teja, Nani.
Kajal Aggarwal plays the central role in the film. The whole film revolves around Kali’s role. However, she has limited role. As the filmmaker focuses more on her imagination.
Priyadarshi as chef is impressive. Regina is alright as a drug junkie. Eesha Rebba is okay. Nithya Menen too gets a brief role. Though it’s an out-of-box role, she has little scope to perform. Murali Sharma appears as magician.
Ravi Teja lends voice to a Bonsai Plant called as Chanti. Nani gives his voice to a fish, named as Nani.
The biggest problem of Awe is this – newcomer Prashant squanders all his knowledge through the several characters that he has etched for this story. He couldn’t etch the characters well. None of the roles on screen are relatable. Actors like Nithya Menen, Murali Sharma are wasted.
However, the film has its own plus points. The film’s cast, performances and dialogues are its advantages. Though it deals with a subject of ‘sexual abuse’, director makes it very complicated.
And the film’s climax is too simple to take it. As the audiences have already seen several films based on personality disorder (including Shankar and Vikram’s Aparichitudu), Awe really doesn’t have anything new to offer. However, the film isn’t bad at all. The visuals are appealing. Music – background music – is very good. Technically, the film is brilliant. Though the concept is good, the film suffers with its execution.
Awful. However, one can give it a shot if there is no other option to pass time this weekend.