Dear Megha Movie Review: A not-so-efficient remake of Dia
In many ways, Dear Megha resonates with a heart-touching tale that you read in a novel or a newspaper, but what it lacks is the intensity
Noble intentions alone don't make a film entertaining. The new Friday release Dear Megha confirms this idea again. The film, a remake of Kannada romantic drama Dia (2020), is arguably the most heartwarming story of all her previous films, because it has a solid theme: Heartbreak.
Despite its promising premise, Dear Megha fails to reach its full potential because of its contrived and convenient screenplay. The original was told in a rather convincing way without songs, but here, director A Sushanth Reddy has incorporated songs that fail to deliver the desired impact.
Cast: Megha Akash, Arun Adith, Arjun Somayajula
Direction: A Sushanth Reddy
Megha Swaroop (Megha Akash), a third-year biotech student, falls head over heels in love with her senior Arjun (Arjun Somayajula), but couldn't express her feelings for him. Cupid strikes them only after three years and when they fall in love, destiny had other plans for them. A shattered Megha struggles to come to terms with life and the circumstances lead her to Adhi (Arun Adith), a happy-go-lucky guy, who believes that life is full of happiness. Adhi helps Megha to get over her devastating past and she gets a second chance at life.
The film moves at a steady pace in the first half, which has quite a few sweet and quirky moments. If you are willing to suspend disbelief, you will find yourself amused at least until the film breaks for intermission. The second hour has some fun moments and is a pretty smooth ride.
The drama only soars higher and the complex love story gets interesting as the conflict between the characters comes to the fore. The so-called suspense doesn't pack a punch that you wish they hadn’t carried over from the original tale at all. This is a film one wants to like because it has got its heart in the right place, but how you wish it didn't go about its job in such a perfunctory manner. The film's crushingly slow pace plays the spoilsport here.
On the upside, Dear Megha is not the usual triangle love story, with two men competing to win the love of the same woman. The two love stories – of Megha with Arjun, and of Adhi with Megha – are different from each other. You cannot compare these with any of the love stories in the past.
Of the film's cast, Megha Akash breathes life into her character and her presence in the emotional scenes brightens up the screen. Arun Adith's laboured performance as Adhi, who turns up just in time to lend a supportive shoulder to Megha, adds weight to the story. Debutant Arjun Somayajula is as expressive as a block of wood and Pavithra Lokesh, who reprises her role as that of a doctor from the original, delivers a competent performance. The director extracts an impressive contribution from almost all the characters. The commendable aspect is that he didn't allow any of these characters to drift from the narration.
Music composer Gowra Hari lent a couple of lilting tunes where Sid Sriram's Bagundhi Ee Kaalame stood out for the melody. I Andrew Babu's cinematography is top-notch.
In many ways, Dear Megha resonates with a heart-touching tale that you read in a novel or a newspaper, but what it lacks is intensity. The film requires enormous patience, but, the performances of Megha and Arun may make it worth your time for the weekend.