Movies like ‘1947 A Love Story’ don’t occur often in Telugu cinema. If you are the one who would like to celebrate hard work in films, this venture by director Vijay is worth watching, as it takes you straight to the British era with a touching a story and a gripping narration.
The film is neatly packaged as it moves between the 1940s and 2011, thus making us travel through the memories of an old white woman. It is also a poignant love story beautifully blended in patriotism.
A British woman, who is almost on her deathbed in the United Kingdom, expresses her wish to visit Chennai once. As she comes to the erstwhile capital of South India, she goes in search of one Parithi, with the help of one of his photographs.
The movie starts with a flashback which tells us about the love affair between the daughter of a British Governor (Emy Jackson) and a young dhobi Malli (Arya) in Madaraspattinam. Even as their relationship evokes protest from the whites, India gets independence and separates Emy and Malli.
Cut to the present; Emy, who is an old woman now, comes to India in search of Parithi. Even as she finds the whereabouts of her sweetheart and goes with all eagerness to meet him, a twist awaits her. What follows too is a twist but this time for the audience.
Arya tries to get his act right in each and every scene. Emy Jackson, though a newcomer and an alien to the south audience, emotes well. Late Cochin Haneefa tickles the funny bone while Nasser, Balasingh and M S Baskar are also there.
The four pillars of the film are director Vijay, art director Selva Kumar, music composer G V Prakash and cinematographer Nirav Shah. This team of fantastic four has made ‘1947 Love Story’ a memorable film. Equally good is stunt choreographer Manohar
On the whole, ‘1947 A Love Story’ is a jewel in the crown. Hats off, Vijay and team.