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Will June 10 be a special Friday for audience?

Thursday, June 9, 2016 • Telugu Comments
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Rarely do we see two films that tell formula-defying stories hitting the screens on the same day. Tomorrow is one such Friday. June 10 promises to be a special weekend for the Telugu audience. Ironically, both Okka Ammayi Thappa (OAT) and Right Right (RR) are coming amid ordinary expectations. Will this factor turn out to be a major plus? We have to wait till the Monday test comes and goes, but here is an account of what are the similarities between these films.

1. Both OAT and RR are directed by newcomers. But what is interesting is that both have a hands-on experience of working with or being in the good books of big stars. It was Rajasimha Tadinada who wrote the lines spoken by Gona Ganna Reddy's character in Rudrama Devi. A protege of Jayanth C Paranji and also Paruchuri Brothers, the talented writer is known for his witty imagination. In writing the rom-com track of Sarrainodu, he played an important role.

Manu, the director of RR, has a proved track record. As the co-director of the Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil versions of Drushyam, he has worked with Mohanlal, Venkatesh and Kamal Haasan. Kamal was so impressed with his talent that he always wanted Manu to tell him the lines and explain a scene during the making of Papanasam.

2. Both OAT and RR don't conform to a formula. They promise to be thriller-like, though they are not thrillers essentially. While OAT is mainly a love story in the backdrop of some other element (terrorism, probably), RR has a love story as its soul. However, both the films go beyond these stories.

3. Both seem to be either road (in the case of OAT) or travel (in the case of RR) movies, but they are not. The Hitec City flyover may or may not be a character in OAT, but the bus is in RR. However, the stories are about emotions. OAT evokes patriotism, while RR seems to deal with some message, too. Similarities end here. The former is set in the backdrop of a city and the latter, in the backdrop of a remote village.

4. Both have been made on a modest budget and are releasing amid low expectations.

A crucial difference is that OAT's casting is pretty attractive, whereas RR's is less attractive. The Sundeep Kishan and Nithya Menen factor bodes well for OAT. But what matters is, both, on the face of it, are content-driven. That's what matters.

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