Cast: Sai Pallavi, Varun Tej, Satyam Rajesh, Harshvardhan Rane
Director: Sekhar Kammula
Music: Shakthi Kanth
Cinematography: Vijay C. Kumar
Duration: 145 minutes
Producer: Dil Raju
Varun is an ambitious NRI doctor who comes to Bhanswada for his brother’s wedding. He gets attracted to Bhanumati (Sai Pallavi), sister of bride. She to reciprocates to his feelings. Bhanumati is lively but adamant girl who wants to stay back with her father in the same village even after marriage.
As she prepares to propose to Varun, she learns that he wants to pursue higher studies in the US, marry a doctor and settle there itself. Bhanumati hides her feelings and Varun leaves to the US along with newly married couple. Haunted by the memories of Bhanumati, Varun calls her and proposes but she rejects.
She also accepts a match on her father’s will. Bhanumati has to go to USA as her sister is pregnant and needs someone’s help. What happens next? Will Varun and Bhanumati clear misunderstandings between them? Will she leave her father and village for Varun’s love ?
Sekhar Kammula comes up with a breezy romantic entertainer this time. Bhanumati’s characterization is the epicenter of Fidaa. She’s an average looking village girl with lots of attitude who doesn’t change herself for anything. Riding a tractor to throwing counter punchliners, Bhanumati dominates the film especially in the first half.
Village atmosphere and the situations being close to reality will connect well. First half is fun and entertaining with comedy. Post interval, film gets some what heavy with emotions. Pre-climax episodes appear dragged for no reason, screenplay goes flat only here. However, it all ends on a feel-good happy moment. Sekhar Kammula’s soft treatment with his favorite NRI hero is also applicable to Fidaa. However, he adds a fresh flavour with heroine’s role. Telangana flavour and slang is the soul of the movie.
Sai Pallavi fits in the tailor made character. Kudos to her dedication for getting most dialogues well, and they remain long. She also does justice in emotional scenes. Varun Tej also scores good marks. His body-language and dialogue delivery reminds us Pawan Kalyan from Khushi. Satyam Rajesh gives comedy relief in second half. Harshvardhan Rane appears in blink and miss role. Most of the other roles are played by lesser known or new faces and that brings the film a fresh look.
Music is decent, the folk number sung by MadhuPriya and the village track in first half would be everyone’s favorite. Cinematography is also appealing. Over all, Fidaa is a joy ride with slice of emotions.
Amusing first half
Lengthy second half
Bottom-line: Fidaa is a feel-good romantic entertainer with lots of fun and little bit of emotion.