Starring: Nagarjuna, Karthi, Tamanna, Prakash Raj.
Dir by Vamsi Paidipally.
Oopiri is quite literally a breath of fresh air in Telugu cinema. Most viewers have not watched the French original The Intouchables, but the adaptation is as light as a freshly-baked croissant. The bond between an ebullient pickpocket on parole, Sreenu (Karthi), and a wheelchair-bound aristocrat, Vikramaditya (Nagarjuna), has the right emotional quotient. While Sreenu wants money and power, Nagarjuna craves good living. Sreenu does not pity his boss but sees him as a ticket to building a clean image. Vikramaditya is bored of dumb attenders, picks the quirky Sreenu who understands what a quadriplegic wants most—to be treated normally. Nagarjuna plays his role with amazing grace and Karthi’s eyes sparkle with mischief each time he thinks up a new way to cheer up his boss. The film drags after most of the original plot is covered. An item song by Noor Fatehi and another number dedicated to Tammana’s sensuality liven up proceedings.