Perfume Movie Review: A Wasted Concept

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Movie Perfume
Star Cast Che Nag, Prachi Thaker
Director Jaligapu Durga Swamy,
Producer Ramadevi Lavoori, Rajeev Kumar Bochu
Music Hemachandra Vedala
Run Time 2h 2m
Release 24 Nov, 2023

Perfume, featuring Che Nag, Prachi, and Abhinaya in the lead roles, managed to generate a good buzz among audiences after its teaser and trailer were released. The film seemed to contain an interesting concept that revolves around perfume, which has never been explored in Telugu cinema before. The film has been released today, and let’s see how it has turned out to be.

Story:

Vedha is a person who is naturally gifted with the ability to be able to identify the various smells in nature. This attracts him to a particular woman and her scent, whom he follows. He then slowly starts killing women, which brings the police into the picture, who investigate this case. Why does he start killing so many women, does he get caught, and what happens in the end forms the rest of the story.

On-Screen Performances:

Che Nag is seen in the titular role, as the person with the innate ability to detect various scents in nature. His character has a very interesting arc in the film, with a lot of scope to perform. While Che Nag does his best, in the end, his performance ends up feeling very one note, with no subtleties or layers to his performance. There’s nothing impactful about his performance, which is a major flaw in the film.

Abhinaya is seen in the role of a powerful police officer, who is investigating the serial murders taking place in the city. She is seen in a role that she has never been seen before, in Telugu cinema, and she pulls off her character quite well. It is interesting to see her in such a role as well. She proves that she can pull off any kind of character with her performance in this film.

The leading lady of the film, Prachi, doesn’t have much to do in the film but is alright in what she has been given. She looks good on screen.

The remaining supporting cast do their part well enough, and take the story forward.

Off-Screen Talents:

The director of the film has come up with a concept that has not been explored in Telugu cinema before. He had all the raw materials to make the film very engaging, and with a better script and narration, the film would have been so much better. Perfume is a film that combines investigative and thriller genres together, along with a little bit of romance, all of which are enjoyed by the Telugu audience. Considering that Perfume has all these elements, it is sad to see that the film doesn’t manage to make much of an impact in the end. This is mainly due to the poor narration, and a lag in the screenplay, which is very predictable and monotonous.

The background music is okay and does help the film a little, but it isn’t enough to save the film. The production design is alright, but the editing could have been better. The cinematography suits the tone of the film.

Plus Points:

Interesting concept

Minus Points:

  • Poor narration
  • Weak screenplay
  • Routine treatment

Verdict: Perfume is a film that had a lot of promise to it, and scope as well. However, all of that is lost in the way it was written and made. It is a film that can be safely skipped.

Telugubulletin.com Rating: 2/5

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