Movie: friend for rent
Form: Viswant Duddumpudi, Malavika Satheesan, Pooja Ramachandran, Madhunandan, Sivannarayana, Roopa Laxmi, Harshavardhan, Sudarshan
Music: Gopi Sundar
Editor: Vijay Vardhan Kavuri
Producers: K Niranjan Reddy, Venu Madhav Peddic
Director: Santhosh Kambhampati
Publication date: 14 Oct 2022
Viswant Duddumpudi is the actor who made his presence known with films like Keritha, Manamanta and O Pitta Katha.
He came up with this Boyfriend For Hire and let us analyze the pros and cons.
A young man (Viswant) has been brainwashed since childhood by his divorced paternal uncle (Harshavadhan) regarding the relationship with girls. He says that life cannot be happy when the girls enter the life of a man. Under the influence of his uncle, he keeps girls at a distance for a long time.
But in the end he wants to marry someone who possesses five qualities: self-respect, ambitious, clarity, sobriety and courage. While on the hunt for the girl with these qualities, he takes a job called ‘Boyfriend for Hire’.
What is this job and how does it help him? Did he find the girl he was looking for? This is the rest of the story.
Performances by artists:
Viswant shows his ease in his performance. While nothing special comes out of him, he does justice to the character with proper body language and reasonable performance. .
Malavika Satheesan as a female lead has many limitations. She looked good in some scenes, but suddenly seemed bulky in a few. In terms of performance, she is fine, but she has to make an extra effort to meet the basic requirements of a heroine in a commercial film.
Harshavardhan and Sivannarayana are fine in their characters with their style of subtle and hilarious dialogue.
Madhunandan has little to do in the first half while Sudarshan tries some comedy in a guest role in the second half.
Pooja Ramachandran appears in the beginning of the film and has nothing to do with the main story.
Music in these kinds of movies should be captivating. But unfortunately it is very bad. Both the songs and the background score have nothing to appreciate.
Cinematography is adequate and the editing is clear for this little story that revolves around the pot in both the first and second half.
Not convincing point
Music and direction
‘Boyfriend For Hire” starts in cliché style. After a series of scenes similar to those already seen in many movies, the heroine makes her appearance at the 23rd minute. The concept of ‘Boyfriend For Hire’ itself doesn’t look convincing. It’s atrocious to see in the first half that all the girls, including the heroine, have no other purpose than to hire the hero.
Everything goes flat and tacky until the interval twist that intrigues the audience and raises expectations about the second half. But the second half flattens out with stretched emotional sequences and the outdated flow of scenes.
Although Sudarshan tried to laugh with his ring comedy in the second half, that didn’t help the film anyway. The movies aimed at the young audience need a mixture of comedy and more hilarious suspense moments. None of these elements have been worked on but the overall focus is kept on the main storyline which is very thin. The moments needed in a rom-com are totally missing.
While the main performers aren’t many registered faces, there’s a fair amount of fill with well-known character performers. But the problem is in the writing of the film itself. The title ‘Boyfriend For Hire’ refers to something like an escort service. But to put a positive color on this to justify heroism is contrived.
Keeping the heroine hunt for the heroine with five qualities aside, the audience does not find the required qualities in this film to make it all the way to the theater.
The plot point can be out of the box when the narrative style follows a novelty. Maneuvering 24 vessels proves the director’s courage. Pitching the movie as a routine rom-com and bringing in the Boyfriend For Hire concept and then bringing it into a sentimental angle in the second half is like mixing salt and spice into the sweet.
In general, “Boyfriend For Hire” offers nothing new and is just like any other routinely outdated story.
Briefly: Attempt with little substance