There is a reason why Oops.. A Desi has been talked about in some well-heeled circles of Hyderabad. The actress of this action thriller made for a Hindi audience, released last week, is Pragathi Yadhati, a Telugu girl.
More importantly, this film has got something going for it for every multiplex-loving audience: a good plot going for it. The screenplay is written in an engaging manner. This curiously titled film has a lot going for the term 'desi'. As a character says, "Every desi has a day."
After having apparently overstayed in New York city, three youngsters - now illegal immigrants - are quite perplexed about what will happen if they are caught. They can't return to India for different reasons but as days pass, more troubles seem to stare at them. For one, they can't even afford to complain about their missing friend for that will be submitting themselves to the police radar.
Buali Shah as Xavier and Adnan Khalid as Dev team up with Pragathi Yadhati as Sonia to trace Gideon Samson as AJ, their friend who has been abducted because of a mistaken identity. Rather, the matters are worse. Embroiled in a bigger scandal involving a black money racket gang, they have got to outsmart no less a don-leader than Yogi, played by Jenner Jose, the film's director.
A range of characters who are introduced silently create an impact on the audience with their interesting dialogue. While we are used to watch heavy-dose action scenes which make no impact, the action here is a welcome change; it is sans loud music and logic-defying fights.
The film is narrated in a novel way. We are introduced to a few rows of mug shots with a phrase written over it. The phrase chracterizes the episode that we are going to watch. For good part, the film keeps us guessing what will happen.
On the flip side, it is not a well shot film. While there is no gravitas that is going for even well-written scenes, the intended effect is woefully missing because of the amateurish handling by the director in many places.
Overall, Oops.. A Desi is a decent entertainer, provided you are prepared to watch a film without much starry glitz or technical greatness.
It will be interesting to see how Pragathi goes about her career from now. The Telugu girl has a good screen presence and brings her theatre experience for good. Her sharp features are a plus.
Other actors don't disappoint either, with Buali Shah's performance standing out.
Cinematography by Sri Ponnapati is apt. The songs are found wanting; two of them seem to obstruct the flow of narration in the first half. Wearing many hats, Jenner Jose proves to be a good writer but a not-so-exciting editor.
Two hours long, this one has hit a limited number of screens in India and US.
Since it is a Hindi film predominantly, it is likely to grab the attention of a section of discerning audience. Going a little bit of mainstream could have worked in favour of it.
Finally, the director Jose has a good future and with the help of big-time production values, he could deliver a dekko in future.
Verdict: With an engrossing plot that majorly keeps us guessing, it makes a one-time watch movie for the lovers of multiplex kinds.