Film: Crazy boy
Direction: Mahesh babu
cast: dilip prakash, ashika ranganath, rangayan raghu, ravishankar
Mahesh Babu is a man who moves with the times. And he proves his maturity with Crazy Boy, which although takes inspiration from his 2005 film, Akash with Puneeth and Ramya in the lead, the director celebrates modernity in the youth of today to perfection. The result is a film which is rich with a ragout of youthful vibrance, college love, music, emotions, dance and action. A perfect concoction for both the debutants, Dilip Prakash and Ashika Ranganath.
The film brings in the collage of colours in a college, while exploring friendship, hatred, revenge, all blending into a family drama. The boy meets girl story revolves around Arjuna (Dilip Prakash), the son of a garage owner, studying in Achraya College. He meets Nandini (Ashika), the daughter of a rich businessman (Ravishankar). Both develop a liking for each other which irks Nandini’s brother. The plot later takes a twist and explores Arjuna’s past, finally leading to his struggle to win over Nandini.
Though a routine romance, it has been a while since Sandalwood saw a college love story with ounces of freshness, which will appeal to the college-going crowd. Not taking much risks, Mahesh Babu has kept the plot simple, which is another plus for the film to connect with its audience.
Crazy Boy is a good launch pad for the lead pair. Dilip Prakash gets all the required attention from the audience for his dance forms, fights, dialogues and his overall performance. Making his debut, he has come prepared and surely, he is here to stay.
Ashika equally balances and brings in a fresh chemistry. The confidence in both of them will work to their benefit. Rangayana Raghu plays father to Dilip and Ravishankar aptly justifies his negative character. The rest of support cast have very casual roles to play.
The drawback is the apparent absence of good length humour, which would have made the film lighter and given a boost for a long run.
Jassie Gift’s music blends well with the college love story and Vinanti Maadalila is already a chartbuster. Cinematographer Shekhar Chandra brings out the richness in some frames and couple of songs have been captured well. Stunts from RAvi Varma is also one of the highlights in Crazy Boy.
The film, which had a premature promotional drive before opening in the theatres, will definitely not disappoint the youth. Mahesh Babu with Crazy Boy has brought out two new talents to Kannada industry. While the audiences will accept them with open arms, it is now up to the industry to take them forward.