Review: Makkhi


Cast:Sudeep, Samantha, Naveen

Director: SS Rajamouli

Indian Express Rating: ***1/2

A fly is something that buzzes about, settles on your food and on your person, and arouses annoyance. 'Makkhi' gives us a refreshingly different, innovative take on a little creature one tends to swat away and forget : in SS Rajamouli's hugely entertaining film, a housefly bests the bad guy, and comes out on top.

I saw the subtitled-in-English, made-in-Telugu 'Eega' ( the Tamil version, equally successful, is 'Naan Ee') a couple of months ago, and had a total blast. The dubbed-in –Hindi 'Makkhi' matches up in all respects. The dubbing is well done, and the film loses nothing in translation. It helps, of course, that the 'makkhi' is largely silent, its eloquence and cleverness coming from the superb animation, near the best I've seen in an Indian film.

Sudeep ( Sudeep), whom Hindi-speaking audiences have seen in Ram Gopal Varma's films, is terrific as the jealous, dangerous businessman who covets the pretty Bindu ( Samantha). The love of her life, `seedha-saadha' Jani ( Naveen) is quickly dispatched, and Sudeep sets his sights on reeling in the grieving Bindu. But Makkhi, brave, smart thing, stands in the way. The way in which he trains for the encounters, and manages to sneak past the increasingly-maddened Sudeep's defenses is super, and will have you rooting for this `makkhi', who finds smart support from the lovely Bindu. The bits in which a red-eyed tantrik is brought in to combat the pesky creature, and some of the mayhem before and after, doesn't fit into this eminently child-friendly film. A few portions feel a teeny bit stretched. But in all other respects, 'Makkhi' is great, non-stop, universal fun.

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