Tollywood is not a novice to remakes and we are exposed to a lot of foriegn films being remade in Telugu. However, lot of times, the soul of movie gets lost in translation. Oh! Baby, the Samantha Akkineni starrer, is an exception. Director Nandini Reddy has dealt with the life of a 70 year old woman with full empathy and respect it demands, in this official remake of South Korean Miss Granny (2014.)
Oh! Baby is also a sort of comeback movie for veteran actress Lakshmi in Telugu, in a major role. The movie presents the issues relating to generation gap, in a lighter vein.
Cast: Lakshmi, Samantha Akkineni, Rajendra Prasad, Rao Ramesh, Teja Sajja
Direction: Nandini Reddy
Music: Mickey. J. Meyer
Savitri (Lakshmi) is widowed old woman, who lives with her grandchildren. She is overtly affectionate towards her grandson, which enrages her daughter in law, who cannot understand the depth of her love. It reaches a level, where the daughter in law wishes to commit suicide. A devastated Savitri wishes to get young. When her wish is fulfilled, she faces a lot of issues due to the younger generation. How did the mind of an old lady in a body of a 20 year old resolves these issues, forms the latter part of Oh! Baby.
The movie is an out and out women oriented film, with both Lakshmi and Samantha taking the lion’s share in screen space. Lakshmi quite impressively displays a range of emotions from hope to despair, due to the treatment meted out to her by her family members. The aspect of an old woman who only needs love and empathy from the younger generation, is a telling statement about the generation gap.
Samantha is the second best strong performer as the 20 year old who actually is a 70 year old widow. Nandini Reddy shows her directorial skills by giving the best lines of the movie to Samantha throughout the movie. Samantha’s character of Swathi is one of her career best, with a challenging character sketch.
Nandini Reddy makes a strong comeback with Oh! Baby. Her skills are evident in handling the emotional scenes between Lakshmi and her extended family. The movie also has an ensemble cast with Rajendra Prasad, Rao Ramesh and Teja Sajja, who perform to the required level.
Oh! Baby is a light hearted take on the way one should treat the elders.
Do give it a watch!