Banner: 14 Reels Entertainment
Cast: Ram, Rashi Khanna, Sathya Raj, Rao Ramesh, Murali Sharma, Posani, Tulasi and others.
Cinematographer: Sameer Reddy
Editor: Gowtham Raju
Producers: Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta and Anil Sunkara
Story, Screenplay & Direction: Santosh Srinivas
Hyper is that movie. The story deals with a cliched premise but the plot jazzes it up with something new: the hero is madly in love with his father and can go to any extent to make him happy.
Once that is established, the rest of the story plays around how Surya’s (Ram) father, a strict government officer who refuses to bow down to corruption, is rescued by his son from a corrupt minister who is forcing the official to give clearance for a mall without adhering to safety guidelines.
However, the crux of the movie is the father-son relationship and rest of the themes — corruption and romance — work as the sidebars. During the rundown, you might actually see flashes of Tagore and Bharateeyudu slipping into the reel. But then again, corruption is an old concept which has been done to death in many movies. The value add are plot twists — there are two major ones in Hyper which help it break out of banality and stay entertaining for two hours.
Ram, known for his comic and lover boy roles — is pushing the boundaries to move into mass action roles. He does a decent job trying to fit into those shoes. While his character — in truly ‘hyper’ mode — stands out, the script with power-packed dialogues and rhetoric also accentuates his performance.
Entertaining first half
Ram’s hyper energy
Cliched screenplay in second half
Loud and lengthy
Not to mention his catalyst, Baahubali’s Kattappa. Sathyaraj does a commendable job taking the role of an elderly man and portraying his sensitive bond with his son. Both are able to recreate the magic of Ram’s earlier hit, Nenu Sailaja.
Meanwhile, Rao Ramesh, the corrupt minister Rajappa, goes into an uber hyper mode, which will make you wish for his normal self. Raashi’s role was not given much of a thought and was put into the script just to make sure a female lead is present. Her character is underutilised and feels unnecessary by the end of the film.
Ghibran’s heavy-bass tracks will also cheer you up where Ram and Raashi match steps and get the crowd hooting.