Review: ‘Dear Comrade’ – Close to the heart

Chennai: Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna, the pair,  after the success of Geeta Govindam, is back with Dear Comrade, directed by Bharat Kamma.

The story is about the ups and downs in the relationship between an impulsive Bobby (Vijay Deverakonda) and a sensitive Lilly (Rashmika Mandanna) and how Bobby wants to be a comrade in the life of Lilly.

The film shows Bobby, who is the Students Union leader of his college. He is an angry young man and fights for justice all the time, inspired by his grandfather (Charu Haasan), who had fought for the nation during his heydays.

He meets Lilly, a state-level cricketer, who is his neighbour. He soon falls in love with her and when he confesses it to her, she rejects it but with his continuous attempts, they both start their relationship.

Lilly, being a sensitive person, doesn’t want to see people beating each other as she had lost her brother in a college fight a few years ago.

Seeing Bobby indulging in fights every time, she persuades him to leave everything but he, in return, asks her to move away from him. How they meet again and what happens in their life forms the rest of the story.

Bharat Kamma has to be applauded for coming up with a story that touches upon the issue of sexual harassment faced by women in the workspace and urges them to fight for their right. It is a much-needed message at this juncture. Justin Prabhakaran’s music elevates the beauty of the film as all the songs are top-notch.

Both the actors, Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika, add life to the film as they have lived the characters of Bobby and Lilly. In the second half, both the lives of Bobby and Lilly face a dramatic turnaround. This part is too slow and can make one a bit tedious but the performance of the actors makes it interesting.

The climax is also too melodramatic but in the end, Bharath Kamma deserves another applause for coming out with a film that talks about the need for every woman to have someone very close to her as a Comrade in her life, who supports her passion, fights for her rights and makes her achieve her dreams and passion. It is a film that makes you think, makes you stand up for justice and leaves a lasting impact within yourself.

Aaditya Anand M