99 Movie Review: Those who haven’t watched the original will not get disappointed.Modified On: 03 May 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
Those who have seen the original might be disappointed because of its exact cut copy paste of the original with Tamil dialogues literally translated to the original.
When Golden star Ganesh’s blockbuster film Mungaru Male was remade in Telugu Vaana, it was discarded by the fans of the original. Now, it's another way around.
Ram (Ganesh) is a photographer by profession who travels all around the country. A chance visit to his hometown sets him off on a path down memory lane - like the bus stand, the hospital where he was born, the only shopping center in his town, and most importantly, the school where he met the love of his life, Janu (Bhavana).
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Cut to the past - Ram (the younger version played by Hemanth) and Janu (Samikshaa plays Bhavana's younger version), Class X students, are deeply in love with each other and circumstances tear them apart. Back in the present, Ram and his friends plan a reunion and Ram meets Janu after 22 long years. Ram is still single and in love, but Janu is happily married. What happens in the next few hours changes the equation of their relationship.
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The movie doesn’t live up to the original and it is very risky to remake a movie. And 99 is one of the examples like Dhadak, Sairat remake.
Ganesh is a brilliant actor but when he but the more he tries to get into Vijay Sethupathi's shoes, the more he fails. This applies to Bhavana as well. They share a chemistry that crackles to life on screen, but it does not match up to what we saw in 96. The same goes for Hemanth and Samikshaa.
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If I wouldn’t have seen the original I might have liked the film but makers should have given a different take like Shubh Mangal Savdhan.
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