Movie Review: Toliprema
South superstar, Varun Tej and actress Raashi Khanna, share screen space in Tholi Prema that opened to some phenomenal response on February 9, 2018. Critics and fans seem to have loved this romantic comedy entertainer that has been written and helmed by debutante, Venky Atluri and produced by BVSN Prasad under his banner Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra. The 2 hour 13 minute long film also stars Sapna Pabbi, Priyadarshi Pullikonda, Suhasini Maniratnam, Vidyullekha Raman and Hyper aadhi in pivotal roles.
Aditya (Varun) is an aggressive young man who falls in love with his co passenger Varsha (Rashi). While everything is going fine between the couple Adi’s aggression creates rift between them. They break up and meet again after six years. Can they work out their differences and be together again?
The story is based on the life of Aadhi (Varun Tej) who is a fun loving guy, extremely focused in his life with his studies and the future. Things get interesting when he falls in love with Varsha (Rashi Khanna) the moment he lays eyes on her during a trip. Unable to meet her right away, the two have a serendipitous encounter in college after a span of six months. Love blooms, however, they are forced to part ways due to an unfortunate incident. Six years later, they cross paths again, and this is when the story takes off.
Tholi Prema starts off as an interesting take on new age romance, but slips into the regular template in the second half. Director Venky who handled the first half with utmost conviction falls into the trap of commercial aspect in the second half by playing it very safe. The film has the makings of a classic, but ends up as just another love story.
First half of the film is supremely entertaining with beautiful scenes between the lead pair. The train journey and the college episodes have come out well. The story reaches intermission point with a nice conflict. However, all the freshness vanishes and it looks like a regular love story in the second half. It turns extremely predictable too.