Face 2 Face Review: An engaging exploration love, lust, commitment and complications
This is a well thought-out debut from director Sandeep Janardhan with good performances across the board
In his first feature film, director Sandeep Janardhan takes a cue from Upendra. Naturally so, considering that the new director worked under Uppi as an assistant for six years.
A romantic thriller, Face 2 Face has three parallel stories — one about a possessive mother, a romantic story, and a tale of friendship. The film revolves around Santhosh (Rohith Bhanuprakash), Sneha (Divya Uruduga) and Preethi (Purvi Joshi). Santhosh is in love with Preethi, but a small incident changes the situation. Santhosh, who is struggling to get his love back, takes the help of Sneha, who has just applied for a divorce from her husband. Will Santhosh and Preethi get back together, and will Sneha find friendship in Santhosh? This comes with interesting twists and also explores shocking realities.
Director: Sandeep Janardhan
Cast: Rohith Bhanuprakash, Divya Urudunga, Purvi Joshi
For a first-time director, this is a complicated story to take on. With a subject based on contemporary relationships, it is the twists and turns that keep the narration engaging. However, while the director keeps the guessing game on, the complicated turn of events do tend to test patience levels a bit.
Director Sandeep, who has given equal importance to all the lead characters, explores the conflict between love, lust, commitment and complications in marriage. The psychological dimensions, including the one between mother and son is convincing.
The lead actors -- Rohith Bhanuparkash, Divya Urduga and Preethi -- have done justice to Sandeep’s story and are well supported by Veena Sunder, Suchendra Prasad, and Yamuna Srinidhi, among others.
Cinematographer Vishwajith Rao's picturisation does a good job of telling the story of Face 2 Face. Matching each frame is the music by Ek Khwaab -- the band has come up with an interesting set of medleys.
A film that deals with complex relationships, Face 2 Face is well thought-out attempt for a young director making his first feature.