‘Fly’ on High

After a terrific run in it’s original Telugu(Eega), dubbed Tamil and Malayalam versions, S.S. Rajamouli ‘s ‘Makkhi’ makes it’s foray into the Hindi film space with this ‘dubbed in Hindi’ version of the 3D live action animation film .that everyone is supposedly raving about. And why not?

Film: ‘Fly’ on High Makkhi (Live action animation) Cast: Nani, Samantha Prabhu, Sudeep Director: S S Rajamouli
Film: ‘Fly’ on High Makkhi (Live action animation) Cast: Nani, Samantha Prabhu, Sudeep Director: S S Rajamouli

Though ridiculously inventive and dramatically absurd, this film has originality and never-done-before-desi creativity that keeps you glued to your seats and highly entertained all along the way.

Initially envisioned as a children’s film the original was so well received by the young and adults alike that the producer decided to dish out dubbed versions to the mainstream audience- A marketing effort that is bound to pay rich dividends given the pre-release hype that has preceded it’s

release.

The narrative involves a revenge drama fashioned from an out-of-the-box creative idea. Jaani (Nani), a good-hearted lay about is in love with a micro-artist Bindu (Samantha Prabhu). Bindu reciprocates the feeling but is hesitant to express it to Jaani. Meanwhile Sudeep (played by Kannada Star Sudeep), a business tycoon, who is also in love with Bindu learns about Jaani and decides to finish him off.

Little did he reckon with re-incarnation. Jaani’s restless and vengeance seeking soul transmigrates into the just laid egg of a fly- which in turn becomes a pupa, and pronto, after it cracks open, emerges our hero Makkhi. Thereafter he sets out to seek revenge against the man who engineered his death.

An ingeniously engineered animated transformation that wreaks havoc on Sudeep and simultaneously manages to convince Bindu that the person she loved is still around – albeit as a Fly on the wall.

To my knowledge there’s not a person living in this world who wouldn’t have envisioned himself/herself as a fly on the wall, trying to learn of deep rooted secrets that don’t easily come their way.

The idea was to use that ‘fly’ away concept as the movie head-turner and it works-mainly because the producers have bought the best skills available to get the audience whole-heartedly involved and rooting for that very fly that most of us would have wanted to swat-off when within an arm’s length.

The Fly here is not imbued with super powers, it’s just an ordinary housefly looking tiny and vulnerable, yet indestructible because of its swiftness and ingenuity, in the BIG world where almost every creation is at least twenty times bigger and heavier than it. From a ball to a car to humans everything looks giant-sized from the ‘fly’ view.

It’s a straight-forward revenge drama , definitely predictable but scaled believably and presented with an innovativeness and guile that hasn’t been visible in mainstream Indian cinema for quite a long while. It’s in fact a high-point in the film when the villain, Sudeep, has to sleep with an insect repellent just to save himself from the ‘Fly’ attack.

The moment tickles the funny bone just as many, in the narrative dotted with comedic moments engineered with a spoofy incandescence. The writer smartly invokes ‘Rajnikanth’s ‘super’ popularity’ by adapting dialogues from ‘Sivaji’ as part of the introduction to the ‘fly.’

Of course there are plenty of kitsch moments too. Makhi (the fly) dancing to well-know Bollywood tunes in an apparent attempt to infuse Bollywood lore is a bit too much of a stretch. Even the portion which tries to incorporate eastern mysticism by calling upon a tantric, makes the journey a little longer than expressly necessary.

The technology fashioning this display is better than we’ve seen in any desi product to date. The live action animation is smoothly incorporated. It may not measure up to the perfection of Hollywood standards but we can be heartened that it’s getting close.

The background score, stunt choreography and the mild suspense add strength to the emotive drama at the centre of it all. The symbolism (possibly un-intentioned) of the vulnerable and seemingly meek becoming all-powerful when infused with the strength of purpose and single-minded devotion to cause, makes for a telling moral. So don’t swat it go watch it instead!

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