First things first, full marks for Vi Anand for taking up a concept like parallel life and using it in this film. At a time when it’s convenient to churn out horror-comedies and make quick bucks, it does take real passion for storytelling to find concepts like these and use them in films. Move over after-life! In this latest Allu Sirish and Surabhi starrer, we are audiences to a story that unfolds as parallel life as its central theme.
So parallel life is what it’s called when incidents (good or bad) in your life bear a striking resemblance with incidents in another person’s life, maybe even years and years apart. Take Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy for instance (you may want to Google this one). So basically, all hell breaks lose when the lovers Jeeva and Jyotsna (Sirish and Surabhi respectively) find a rather disturbing coincidence between their lives and those of a unhappily married couple (Srinivas Avasarala and Seerat Kapoor) living in the same apartment complex. Shit that’s happening to the other couple will happen to Sirish and Surabhi too, basically. So how these sweethearts deal with this mess and emerge victorious (alive?) IF they do, forms the rest of the film.
Okka Kshanam is entertaining, for the lack of a better word. There’s something about movies that go beyond the usual masala formula crap that deserve your love. This is not to say this film is devoid of commercial elements. I understand such elements make money, and making money is important. But exploring new shores is always exciting for both filmmakers and moviegoers and very rarely do the former do what Vi Anand has done here. Take this film. My best guess, half the audience didn’t know what the concept of parallel life meant. Unfamiliarity. Keeps you hooked.
Secondly, the execution also matters. This film, save for slightly loose and dragged second half, is mostly entertaining. Sirish is hardly a star right now (but to give credit where it’s due, I can see or at least hope this guy takes the same growing curve his brother took) and same is the case with everyone else in this film. No name in the cast list is a crowd-puller. The theme, oh yeah! There’s also a bit of comedy thrown in (and it’s okay-ish) if you don’t like to be on edge all the time. But to its credit, the film doesn’t sway from the central theme for the most part.
Camerawork is a huge plus here. Background music compliments the film. And as for the comedy part, it’s okay-ish as I said before, but I did imagine more than once how the film would have turned out had it stuck to “edge of the seat” stuff through and through. It could have been better, I think. Surabhi and Sirish fit their bills. Seerat Kapoor is really good in one particular scene shot at a hospital. I would really like to watch her do more performance oriented roles. Rohini deserves a special mention. Her mini-monologue with Sirish is one of my favorite scenes from the film, and also kind of really important for the film in its crucial, concluding moments, as it really sums up the final takeaway from the film: you just need a strong resolve and will to fight life, destiny and the like. That no matter how bad the odds are, there’s always a chance at life and love and if we wish strongly for it, we will make it.
Overall, I’d say this film promises a good time if you can sit through the slightly tedious second half. I’m going with 3.5 out of 5! 🙂
PS: The images are screenshots from the movie’s official trailer on YouTube.