Surya, Son of Krishna (also released in Tamil as Vaaranam Aayiram) depicts the story of the titular Surya and his relation to his father. And that’s the most amazing thing about it. That such a big banner would take up a movie primarily about characters, and characters who dont morph into superheroes who would give superman an inferiority complex is a surprise. The histrionics(and there are a few) do not go into the traditional half-gallon of glycerine levels and keep it believable.
the story: After opening with the death of the titular Krishnan, flashbacks follow Surya’s life from childhood with emphasis given to how his dad supports him at the appropriate times. the outline: mom n dad fall in love, get married and despite hardships give their son all the love and support he needs. boy grows into adolescent, learns to find his feet with dad’s assistance. boy heads of to college, does a decent job though not great, falls in love with an america-bound overachiever. fixes his familys financial situation at home, woos the overachiever in america, loses her and falls into addiction and manic depression(the dirge[-definition] is particularly touching). sets off to roam, manages to find a purpose and second love and learns that life goes on even when you lose someone particularly close to you.
The movie manages to keep you engrossed in it and in light of what passes for cinema here, i am forgiving of the occasional story telling annoyances(locations in particular could have been slightly better chosen).
As for the performances, Surya does very well. He plays both the male leads (Surya and Krishnan) and does so very convincingly. He picks up mannerisms of the characters very well, and fills each role so that you can see the evolution of the insecure, dependent young man to the competent and independent man he turns out to be in a well-defined manner. Also, plenty of eyecandy from him for the ladies and gentlemen who are into well-built bodies. Simran as the loving wife and doting mother plays a bit of a non stereotypical mom role, and in doing so, shows that her acting talents were ignored in favour of her physical beauty in her earlier career as screen goddess. Both the female leads do their jobs convincingly and their characters were strong and not compromised for the sake of sentiment or eye-candy, which is one more amazing thing about the movie. Sameera Reddy finally does justice to a role as Meghna the overachiever though one senses she may be pushing her limits, and Ramya aka Divya Spandana delivers a very strong performance as Priya. One does feel for Surya’s sister as she’s almost completely marginalized in the presence of all these other women.
Visually, the movie is many notches above the average telugu movie which is probably because it’s originally a tamil movie. The editing is very appropriate, though nothing cutting edge. Music could have been better, but that’s really picking at nits. The complete package is definitely worth your while and if you’re prone to that sort of thing, can be a tear-jerker in a couple of places.