Toronto After Dark Review: Eega

Nani, after his murder is reincarnated as this fly.

Nani, a young man who makes and sells fireworks, has been infatuated with his neighbour, Bindu for some time now. Bindu is a micro artist who also runs a non-profit organization. Though Nani has been clear about how much he cares for her, she keeps her feelings for him a secret. While at her job at the non-profit, Bindu meets entrepreneur and industrialist Sudeep, who instantly takes a liking to her. She finally admits her feelings for Nani, which enrages Sudeep. As a man who is used to getting what he wants, Sudeep kills Nani. What he doesn’t realize is that Nani is reborn as a fly, and is ready to take revenge on his killer.

Eega, which translates to ‘fly’, does a great job of blurring the lines between science fiction, romance, and fantasy, with a modern twist on Bollywood cinema. As writer and director, S.S. Rajamouli has created an almost unbelievable world and yet, it works. I found myself cheering for the protagonist, even though he’s a common housefly for much of the film. The principal cast all give very real and sometimes hilarious performances in this fantasy-based story, which keeps the film as grounded as it can be. Kiccha Sudeepa, who plays, Sudeep, is the real stand out in the cast. His energy as the cutthroat entrepreneur elevates the drama and excitement of Eega. While the film was bright, colourful, and interesting to watch, the computer-generated effects and scenes are just not up to par. This becomes increasingly evident when the protagonist is computer-generated housefly for most of the film.

Is Eega essential Toronto After Dark viewing?

Eega will find its audience amongst those that appreciate Bollywood cinema and style, but are looking for a new take on it. For that niche crowd the film is perfect, but for those seeking something more dark and sinister, Eega will come up short.

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For as long as I can remember, movies have always captivated me. As a kid, I would sing every song from The Little Mermaid, run around doing my best E.T. imitation, or re-enact the lightsaber fights from Star Wars. As I got older I memorized all my favourite bits from A Night at the Roxbury, Happy Gilmore, and any other comedy I could get my hands on. I still sing Under The Sea on a regular basis, but lately I’ve channeled my love of film into writing for TFS and my blog, among other things.

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