Hippi movie review: A deeply problematic, unoriginal rom-com

Devdas meets Amukta while travelling to Goa along with his girlfriend. The scene is set inside a house, where Amukta Malyada and Devdas are thrashing out their differences. And Devdas’ masterplan to make his girlfriend break up with him is to tolerate everything she does and suffer in silence. It’s only now the actual story that Krishna wants to tell begins. Like the 2003 Hollywood film, the lead stars of Hippi engage in mind games. But, she grows closer to him so that she can punish him for making her fall in love with him in the first place. It is love at first sight for him. Devdas wants to ditch Amukta Malyada and escape from the toxic relationship. Hippi stars Kartikeya Gummakonda, who played the role of a dejected lover in last year’s RX100. With a little tweak to the plot, Krishna has made a problematic romantic comedy in a desperate attempt to appeal to the young members of the audience. In his previous film, Kartikeya was the victim of a woman, who deceived him in the name of love. Following which his jilted girlfriend attacks Amukta in public. Amukta understands her boyfriend’s intentions. The remaining characters played by JD Chakravarthy, Vennela Kishore and Shraddha Das look lost as they are only time-fillers. The end. And after a stretch of lazy writing, Devdas and Amukta get into a relationship. But, all the progressive strides that Krishna made while writing the leading woman goes out of the window at the end of the film. She tells him that her friend thought he was impotent because he did not touch her when they both were in a live-in relationship for seven months. Now, you may think why is he called Hippi? And he doesn’t clarify her doubts with words. Another major problem with Hippi is the way women are treated in the film. Popular Photos

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What initially seemed like a promising romantic comedy is undone by Krishna’s unoriginal ideas, which shows his disconnect with today’s ever-evolving relationship rules. Advertising

You know a film is deeply flawed when you see two guys engaging in a “kickboxing” match while wearing MMA gloves. Her personality has sociopath written all over it. It might be true, as the leading woman gets some of the gutsiest punchlines, while the leading man plays a cry baby. Even after watching the film, you may not find an answer to your question. You wish. Kartikeya and Digangana’s energetic performances are the only saving grace. Instead, without even her consent, he jumps on her and pulls down her pants. Apparently, growing your hair a tad bit long, riding a bike and learning martial arts makes one a ‘hippi.’ (And, why is it wrongly spelt instead of hippie?)


Contrary to the legend attached to his name, Devdas is a heartbreaker. But, still, he plays the victim as his girlfriend is dominating. He is dating Amukta Malyada (Digangana Suryavanshi), who was the close friend of his ex-girlfriend. Devdas’ male-ego gets hurt. They continue to feel accomplished by churning out nonsensical films that are totally unworthy of our time, encouragement and money. It demonstrates utter carelessness on the part of the director (TN Krishna) and the stunt choreographers who helped put the questionable action scene together. Any person with some self-worth in her place would have walked out of the relationship. It is 2019 and still, many filmmakers have not stopped taking the audience for granted. In his latest film, Hippi, Kartikeya plays a role which is on the other end of the spectrum. He professes his love for Amukta and later tells his girlfriend about his change of heart. Kartikeya’s character is ironically named Devdas aka Hippi. It seems like the idea for this film came to the director while he was watching How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days on Netflix. And Amukta takes out her anger on Devdas inside his house. 0
Comment(s) Now, Krishna may argue that he has given a feminist film, where female characters always come out on top. RX100 ended with the gravely wounded protagonist dying at the hands of his cunning lady-love not before making a long speech about his unadulterated love.