Title :Tholiprema CBFC Rating : U/A Run-Time : 2 Hrs 16 Mins Release Date : 10-02-2018 Banner : Sri Venkateshwara Cine Chithra Cast : Varun Tej, Raashi Khanna, Priyadarshi, Hyper Aadi, VidhyuLekha, Suhasini, Naresh and Others Music : Thaman.SS DOP : George C William Producer : BVSN.Prasad Direction: Venky Atluri
Aadhi (Varun Tej) is a youngster who is high on attitude and does anything when it poses a challenge. One day he meets Varsha (Raashi Khanna) on a train journey and falls in love with her. He expresses his feelings, and eventually, she reciprocates. It all looks beautiful until the attitude of Aadhi (Varun Tej) leads to a big issue, and they separate. What was the situation and how they fall in love again in the story of Tholi Prema.
Varun Tej is sensational in a role that is tailor-made for him. Right from the first frame till the end, he is super energetic and in the character of Aadhi. One can feel that he has loved the part and put his heart into it. The interval scene and the reunion and climax show the potential he holds in this genre.
The same is correct about Raashi Khanna. The character of Varsha seems to be made for her, and she lives and acts as fish takes to the water. Many scenes work because she holds her end like any proper romantic movie should be able to do. Together, with Varun Tej, she generates fantastic chemistry on screen.
Priyadarshi as the close friend is apt. Vidhyulekha in the first half and Hyper Adi in the second half provide the comic relief. Suhasini and Naresh bring necessary seriousness to the proceedings. The rest of the small artists do their bit and fit the setting.
Gets slow in second half
You know a film is working, and the director is in control of the proceedings when the silences work or when the awkward moments are captured onscreen and seen without feeling iffy. Or when there is an entire stretch including a song with no one else besides the lead characters to hold it together, works because one can't take eyes off. There are many scenes like these and debutant Venky Atluri handles them like a pro.
The entire film flows at a consistent pace with right scenes arriving at regular intervals. The comedy and emotion are neatly blended with nothing looking out of place or shoehorned into the narrative. It allows the feelings to flow smoothly and when the critical moment arrives, it tugs the heart. Tholi Prema touches at the hearts exactly where its needed to generate the impact. In the end, we can't help but in love with the first love of Aadhi and Varsha.
Thaman, who is on a roll, adds wonderfully to the proceedings with fantastic work. The songs stay with us when the credits start at the end, and we come out humming them. George C William has done a marvelous job with his camera. He gives the film a lively and fresh vibe. Editing is slick. The production values by Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra are simply superb.
Bottom-line: The Magic Of First Love