A few years before the blockbusters Baahubali and RRRdirector SS Rajamouli staged Eega. A revenge film like no other.
For some years, SS Rajamouli has become the absolute reference when it comes to Indian blockbuster internationally. Between the epic fresco Baahubali and the demented RRR who never ceases to turn heads, Rajamouli’s cinema fascinates. His films overflow with generosity, ideas for staging and take us back to a distant time when blockbusters still had cinema cravings.
However, it is good to remember that the filmmaker’s first brilliance outside Indian borders dates back to 2012 with Eega. And it is quite easy to understand why the film quickly stood out among fans of genre cinema. Let’s admit that his basic pitch is intriguing. In this deceptively classic love triangle, Nani and Sudeep covet Bindu’s love. But everything changes when Sudeep kills his competitor. Reincarnated as a FlyNani will set up an extraordinary revenge.
Take Notes Ant-Man
What a fly bites him
It’s quite rare to see an Indian blockbuster content with just one genre. Regulars also use the film expression “masala” – an allusion to the mixture of spices – to describe this cocktail of styles and influences. Rajamouli’s cinema is no exception.
From his second feature film entitled Simhadrithe director was motivated by the desire to tell excessive stories with very marked mythological symbolism. However, he is also known for his sublime romances like Magadheera. And he even delivered pure comedy with the dispensable Maryada Ramanna – particularly improbable re-reading of Buster Keaton’s films.
It starts with a romance
New logical step in an ambitious and experimental filmography, Eega offers a mix of genres which is miraculous. As the synopsis suggests, the film is obviously pure comedy. If the filmmaker’s comic register was limited to slapstick for a long time, here he takes a new step. There are an obvious love of pastiche with this diversion of the film of reincarnation, a cliché that Indian cinema has explored from all angles.