Director: Siddharth Gautham
Actors: Krishna Teja, Moin, Pawon Ramesh, Krishna Prasad
Telugu filmmakers love engineering faculties. They additionally love the scholars who go there. This has been the case ever since Sekhar Kammula’s Happy Days (2007) turned a runaway hit. When you suppose of a school, your thoughts instantly travels to a sprawling campus. You consider a whole lot of scholars, enmity amongst two gangs, cultural occasions, and so forth. You don’t consider a hostel room which homes simply 4 males. Even if the story focuses on a specific group, your eyes are inclined to zoom in on the extras and the so-called fair-weather mates.
When it’s a thinly populated present, nonetheless, you gained’t be capable of style the flavors of school life. But if it’s extraordinarily zeitgeisty, you then could be inclined to provide it a shot. Unfortunately, the most recent Zee5 collection Room No. 54 doesn’t put on any of these badges on its chest. It strikes forwards and backwards between two time intervals – they usually’re each equally unappealing. If you need to forgive the makers for his or her lack of inventiveness, in 2021, that’s on you. We don’t need to count on fireworks on a regular basis. But we are able to not less than count on some stars to shine, proper?
Babai (Krishna Teja), Venkat Rao (Moin), Prasanna (Pawon Ramesh), and Yuvaraj (Krishna Prasad) are roommates who occupy the room quantity 54 in a hostel. They are by no means seen of their school rooms, and, given the panorama of the present, you gained’t see them on their nightly walks both. Do they even get out of their claustrophobic setting? Ah, sure, they go to a spot the place they get tea. And in the event that they’re accompanied by girls, they trek to a café the place they get milkshakes.
It’s completely okay to set a ten-episode collection in a single room if there are thrilling conversations. Sidney Lumet’s talky, courtroom drama 12 Angry Men (1957) was in spite of everything set in a room. Well, Room No. 54 isn’t a thriller. And the twenty-somethings aren’t discussing a homicide thriller both. It’s a comedy the place the jokes don’t land. Teja and Moin had a number of freedom to run round and make quirkiness their USP in Pelli Gola. But, right here, they’re chained to their spots. And their chit-chats are restricted to dinners, birthday events, lathe machines, and Goa journeys.
Since you’re not obligated to observe subpar content material on a streaming platform, it should take you an episode or two to shift your vitality to a different present that’s maybe much less of a colorless and extra of a date.
Each episode of Room No. 54 facilities on a theme through which the roommates have freewheeling debates. While Prasanna, Yuvaraj, and Venkat Rao observe the herd, Babai tries to squeeze a pint of philosophical juice out of each scenario. He’s an aspiring screenwriter who needs to cook dinner up plots for erotic function movies. And he even makes a veiled reference to Ram Gopal Varma as soon as. If there’s something in any respect within the collection that’s price mentioning, it’s his thought of rationality. Though he speaks like a religious guru, it’ll be arduous so that you can take him at face worth. Had this been a bingeable collection, he would have change into the middle of attraction.
According to the warden of the hostel, room quantity 54 is particular as a result of the scholars who used to remain there hold coming again to dole out recommendation to the recent batch of engineers. And this creates an synthetic area for actors reminiscent of Priyadarshi, Satyadev, and Tanikella Bharani to make cameo appearances. Although it’s fascinating to observe them, they don’t get any meat to chew on. They stroll into the room as if it’s their second dwelling and ask for cigarettes and liquor from Venkat Rao and Co.
Be that as it could, their shared sense of bonhomie doesn’t translate into superior chemistry. At the top of the day, it nonetheless comes throughout as a lethargically made present. Even with a restricted setting, the makers might have extracted wonders from the actors if they’d spent some extra time on manufacturing humor. Venkat Rao, Prasanna, and Yuvaraj play cricket of their room. Why can’t they exit? It’s a university for heaven’s sake. They can play a recreation of bat and ball anyplace they like.
This is the results of roping in a handful of actors for a present that requires a bigger canvas. Maybe, it’s simply the alumni who’re required to pay a customary go to to Room No. 54. That rule isn’t meant for us.