Ridhima (Manjula Swaroop) - an executive from Delhi-based
pharmaceutical company visits a remote village in AP to make
a deal on patents with a professor who invented a new drug.
professor leaves a note that he would return late as he had
to attend some urgent work and she shall wait for his arrival.
At that time Madhav Rao, a junior lawyer who supervises the
event of patent selling arrives at that place.
is a fun loving unmarried girl. Madhav Rao is a frustrated
married guy. The events that take place for a few hours between
these two are the most interesting aspect to be watched!
Surya is a wonderful actor and we have seen only glimpses
of his brilliance as an inspiring coach in 'Tammudu'. Later
on he got branded as a comedian from 'Premaku Velayara' onwards.
Total credit goes to the director Nilakanta for casting Surya
for this amazing role of Madhava Rao, which has the traces
of schizophrenia (split personality). He balanced his emotions
and kept the viewers guessing about his realself throughout
the film with perfect histrionics. His unique and comedy oriented
dialogue delivery is also a big asset. He gave an award-winning
performance in 'Show'.
Swaroop: Manjula is a born actress and she is very spontaneous
and natural. She involved herself in the character so effortlessly
that nobody would get any inkling that 'Show' is her first
Telugu movie as heroine. Superstar Krishna should be a proud
man to see his daring daughter Manjula as a world-class matured
actress. She resembles Reema Sen in few angles.
Making a story that involves three characters is very difficult.
Nobody would dare to make a film with such a novel storyline.
- direction: The screenplay of Show is excellent. Having
just 2 main roles in the film and running the show for two
hours is not an easy task. It needs excellent command on the
script and perfect conviction in the subject. No wonder, this
film has won 'best screenplay' award on national basis by
beating extraordinary films like 'Lagaan'. The shot making
capability of Nilakanta is praiseworthy. The way he portrayed
the emotional struggle and helplessness of Madhav Rao character
is pretty good.
This film is a dialogue based film that has strong resemblance
to stage plays. You can understand the entire film if you
listen to just dialogues on a tape recorder. The dialogues
of the film are written very carefully with an undercurrent
of situational comedy. Nilakanta is pretty good at it.
'Show' is shot on 35mm format. Clarity and crispness in camerawork
is very similar to that of ad films. The way cinematographer
Ravi Yadav used fade-in and fade-out effect gels well with
departments: Editing by Anil Malnad is crisp and precise.
Music by Raaz is appropriate and has the art orientation.
Manjula deserves a pat on her back for making such a bold
move of producing a novel film with a shoe-string (shall we
say high heel string?) budget of 18 lakhs. She exhibited her
real guts by producing this film and also displayed her prowess
as an actress by giving wonderful performance.
Its natural for any regular moviegoer to hesitate to watch
a film that won national award as an award-winning film sends
wrong signals to the public that it's meant only for the elite
crowds. But this Show is an exception! Though the director
narrated the story in an art-film format, he made sure that
there is always an under current lighter vein comedy interlaced
in the story throughout. 'Show' is a must watch film for all
passionate movie lovers.