‘Om Bheem Bush’ movie review: More than spooky hilarity and bromance 

Mar22,2024


Rahul Ramakrishna, Sri Vishnu and Priyadarshi Pulikonda in 'Om Bhim Bush'

Rahul Ramakrishna, Sri Vishnu and Priyadarshi Pulikonda in 'Om Bhim Bush'. Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

towards the end of telugu movie Om Bhim Bush, starring the fun-loving trio Sri Vishnu, Priyadarshi Pulikonda and Rahul Ramakrishna, writer-director Sri Harsha Konuganti cleverly pulls the rug from under the audience's feet. Up to that point, the narrative has all the makings of an absurdist horror comedy and is shown to the gallery while packing in ample contemporary pop culture references. In the initial hour, the comedy is mostly simple and later becomes extremely hilarious and scary. The surprise comes when the director reveals an LGBTQ-friendly story. This, in itself, deserves appreciation, although the journey towards a sensitive story is not perfect and could have been somewhat shorter.

Sri Vishnu, Priyadarshi and Rahul were last seen together in director Vivek Athreya's 2019 Telugu black comedy. brocheevrevarura, As the R3 batch, the trio portrayed students struggling to pass intermediate exams. In spirit, Harsh acknowledges the memorabilia value of the gang and shows them in this story as old PhD students, called the Bang Brothers. They're even more stupid and ridiculous here.

Om Bheem Bush (Telugu)

Direction: Sriharsh Konuganti

Artists: Sri Vishnu, Priyadarshi and Rahul Ramakrishna

Story: Three men who call themselves the Bang Brothers disguise themselves as scientists and go to a village to make easy money. A haunted mansion changes the direction of their journey.

Krish (Sri Vishnu), Madhav (Rahul) and Vinay (Priyadarshi) seek the help of Professor Ranjit Vinukonda (Srikanth Iyengar) while inventing a story of their desire to do research on geophysics and metaphysics. When it became clear that all three were more interested in the benefits of living on campus than in research, the position opened. To be honest, these parts are a bit tedious.

The disclaimer by the makers about not endorsing the practices of treasure hunting and black magic and urging us not to look for logic, gives them ample room to venture into absurdist comedy. As a result, we can't question how and why the heroes wear astronaut-like suits when they start a small business in a village. Much later, when they live in an abandoned haunted mansion, we can't question how they get by on sumptuous meals and glasses of orange juice.

Many of the things the Bang Brothers do in the village to fool the gullible people are silly and sometimes border on simple comedy. The real story begins when the horror element, which involves a Kerala ghost named Sampangi, takes center stage. The protagonist's characters are used to move the story forward, such as one being proud of his alleged ability to talk to ghosts and another being proud of being a lady magnet. Vinay is the one who calms Krish and Madhav's madness with some logic. While one person turns English words on their heads (a sadistic person is called a 'sadist'), the other spits out Hollywood headlines (Crazy Must Be the Gods!).

It all contributes to the hilarity in the haunted mansion. Undercurrent of pop culture references, from Salaar To Eega, Magadhira And Chandramukhi (Also indirectly acknowledging the Malayalam original film Manichitrathazhu), comes in handy when revealing a surprise. Issues of social and legal acceptance of same-sex marriages have been raised with sensitivity. When a comic segment is followed by an important reveal, some people present in the cinema hall start laughing. But the laughter and sarcastic comments ended within minutes; Perhaps this is a win for the makers and an affirmation of their sensitive stance on gender identity.

If Harsh deserves huge praise for raising such an issue within the realm of mainstream horror comedy, the credit is also reserved for the actors. Sri Vishnu, Priyadarshi and Rahul have proved in their respective filmographies that they are experts in comedy as well as emotional portrayal and this Katha makes use of those attributes. However, other characters do not leave any impression.

To bring out an aspect from Priyadarshi's character which often talks about positive and negative energies, positive vibes Om Bhim Bush More than outweighing the shortcomings of the earlier parts. However, if the initial parts had been better written we would have had a great movie.

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