For those, who dont know what Bommarillu means its meaning is “The house of toys (or dolls)” and here i am talking about the recent Telugu movie release with this name.
People would think how did i understood Telugu movie, no i havent learnt the language yet (although am trying) but my friend Amareshwari pleasantly accepted to be my Translator. So this Article is Dedicated to Amareshwari not only for being my Translator but for suggesting such a good movie in the 1st place.
Somebody asked me what is the story of the movie, and my answer was, the story was good, nothing much excellent but its the way the story is told and the situations in between that make it worth watching (which is the case for many movies). Its the feeling that we get while watching(and after) the movie that is difficult for us to recreate for our friends by our narration.
This is not the review of the movie, so for those who hoped for it can stop reading here.
But its more about my views about the movie and what i liked in it.
The lead actors of Bommarillu are Siddharth (Karan/Bhagat Singh of Rang De Basanti) and Genelia D’Souza. Genelia has done a superb work in this movie.
She looks cute, her acting is good and also her character in this movie is very good. She is a care-free person, does what she likes without giving much thought how other people would interpret her actions.
She speaks a lot, is friendly to many people, bunks classes, jumps out of the bus before it stops, has fun in all situations, speaks what she feels and is innocent. Man, if only i could find a girl like her…
When she sees her cartoon on the college wall, catches the propable guy who has done that and asks her what is this, the guy is afraid but she continues that do i look like this, see my haristyle, and makes him to do some correction in the cartoon and she herself corrects some part as well 🙂
In one of the dialogue in the movie she says, “Sorry, i cant feign”
Siddharth, on the other hand is suffering from individuality crisis because his Father decides everything for him. What Shirt he would wear, what Career he should choose, which girl he should marry and even what shot he should play while playing Carroms. Father tells Siddharth to go to office 1 day with a file and give the instructions to the employees but before he reaches office, Father has called office and gave all the instructions. Whichever Dept. Siddharth visits, he feels so unwanted and frustrated.
The movie starts with Siddharth’s engagement to a girl of his Father’s choice because he doesnt have a reason to oppose. But then he meets Genelia, he gets inspired and loves her for what she is.
There are many beautiful instances in the movie showing their budding love, like Siddharth getting Kaleidoscope for Genelia, going for Ice-Cream at 2 in the night, etc.
They exchange numbers and make a code so that they can talk (It reminded me of my school days incidents 🙂 )
Notable scene: When they walk back to her house after eating ice-cream at night, she turns back and says “Oh, How would you go back home at this time, should i drop u?”
Siddharth’s father finds out about his budding love and explains him that now you are already engaged, but this time he Courageously argues for his point.
Siddharth: The girl is very good, and i have reasons to like her.
Father: And i have many reasons now not to like her.
Siddharth: But how can u not like her without knowing her.
Father: And how should i know her.
Siddharth: She would come and stay with us for a week and at the end of the week you can decide.
The Father agrees on this condition. While having dinner, when father asks whether your family knows that you are staying with us, Genelia answers no, Siddharth answers yes. Genelia explains that if her Father would have known he wouldnt have allowed her to stay here, so she had to make an excuse. Throughout her stay during those 7 days she is innocent and honest to the core.
When their family goes to attend 1 of Siddharth’s friend marriage, the fathers are standing in 1 group and the boys in the other group. The groom’s father complains that he is not happy with the marriage as his son just declared that he would marry this girl or run away from home. He asks is there any boy in the group who would come up to us and tell us that i like this girl and u please meet her and decide if I should marry her. Then Siddharth’s father looks at his son as he has done that.
While in the boys group, the boys are complaining that is there any father in that group to whom if we go and say that i like this girl, he would be ready to consider our choice, and then Siddharth looks at his father as he has done that.
So many times Siddharth would tell her not to do this, not to do that. He would go out and call her at his home so that they can talk privately and scold her for doing one thing or the other.
He would tell her “I love you” many times in those 7 days but will be sore as well for revealing his secrets to his family, like drinking and then cursing his father, for dominating him, for his engagement to a girl whom he doesnt like and borrowing loan from a bank to start his new business.
The Father having a dialouge with Siddharth’s mother tells her that “I used to think that the girl is the problem but now i think the problem is something else”
At the end of the 7th day when Father calls Siddharth for announcing his decision about Genelia in front of the family members, Genelia intervenes and announces that she doesnt want Siddharth anymore.
She says that Siddharth used to like that she talks a lot and enjoy her talks, but now he tells her not to talk about this or that, every-time he goes out for calling her is to scold her for talking about something or the other;
Siddharth used to like her because she used to do what she liked doing but now he tells her what to do and what not to do. She stays alone in her home but she never felt alone there, while staying in Siddharth ‘s family with so many people around she used to feel alone.
At the same time, the to be father-in-law of Siddharth is calling repeatedly to fix a marriage date and the Father asks Siddharth that what is he suppose to do. And then the argument between his Mother and Father breaks, which he tries to subside by saying that now since Genelia has left him, he can marry anyone. Whatever he does, Whatever he has is provided by his Father so there is nothing of him in himself its just the way his Father wanted to be. He loses to his father so that his father can be happy. When bringing Genelia to his house, he had told her that she would get a good family, but now he can tell that the family has missed a good person.
His Father can Hope that he should go to office, Hope that he should get married to the girl of his father’s choice but should not Hope that he would remain Happy.
In the end, the Father understands how his unknowingly dominating character has affected the psychology and behaviour of Siddharth and is the reason for his Frustration. The movie ends with Siddharth staying in Genelia’s house for 1 week for winning over her Father.
Amar also informed me that this movie was specailly screened for father-son groups and it got very good reviews. One of the father didnt use to allow Black colour shirt for his son but after watching the movie, bought a Black colour shirt of his son’s choice.
This movie shows that real growth and Happiness of the person lies in his individuality. Decisions and Choices can be forced to a person but not Happiness, that is what he chooses to be, others can only try and help.
Its also about having Trust in the future generation to take their own decisions and not control their actions, especially for Career and Marriage.
This reminds me of the article by Meghnad Desai where its discussed about Nehru’s view of State playing an active role for Industrialization in India, thinking that Government knew best and suppressing the talent of Entrepreneurs. And now that India’s economy is booming in Industries where State is not having much control. Unnecessary Control curtails the Growth.