“Play Back (2021)” Movie Review and Film Summary
Movie: Play Back
Cast: Dinesh Tej, Arjun Kalyan, Spandana, Ananya Nagalla, Karthikeya Krishna Malladi, Ashok Vardhan, TNR, Murthy, Chakrapani Ananda, Aishwarya Lakshmi, Tagubotu Ramesh, Gowtham Raju, Deepthi, Vishnu, and Jenny
Editing: Bonthala Nageswara Reddy
Cinematography: K Bujji
Producer: Prasadarao Peddineni
Story, Screenplay, Direction: Hariprasad Jakka
Release Date: 5 March 2021.
Movies like playback are very rare especially in Tollywood since it is the first cross-time connection movie. The director did amazing work in bringing this thriller together for the audience but because of the pandemic, it was really missed in theaters. The great news is that you have a chance now to catch up on this thrilling movie now.
Karthik an investigative crime reporter in the year 2019 came to a house as a guest, a house that houses an old landline telephone which kept drawing his attention.
Finally, the telephone rings and the caller happens to be Sujartha from the year 1993. They kept their conversations going for a while enjoying each other’s company.
Drama unleashes when both of them find out that they are from two different time periods. The series of incidents packed with fun, suspense, thrill, and crime follow one after the other till the end.
Doing what everyone is doing doesn’t bring about the change we need, instead it’s going completely out of your way to do what nobody expects that brings the change we need and that change captures the audience.
Playback is one of those movies we don’t get to see every day even if it was inspired by the most popular German series “dark” which was streamed in 2017 with its weird plots and attempts to connect to theoretical metaphysics.
A man in 2019 gets connected to a lady from 1993 on a landline telephone where he came to a house as a guest. What happens to them and how they play with the time for fun and for other reasons conveys the rest of the story.
The drama unfolds when both of them realize that they are from different time periods. The lineup of incidents packed with fun, suspense, thrill, and crime follows one another to portray this story to the very end.
The whole idea towards this production was greatly inspired by the German series “dark”. The signature music and even some dialogues from “dark” were greatly noticed.
Without comparing “playback” with the original series “dark”, bringing something different to Tollywood was is something impressive though. One of the major drawbacks here is budget constraints and also the lack of class in producing it. The movie having no songs is a plus to the production team and the movie itself.
The main female lead Ananya looks good, Spandana is glamorous and Dinesh Tej did his part good. TNR has got nothing much to perform as an actor but keeps moving like a silent criminal. It’s a good start for TV5 Murthy as an actor and he can continue. All said and done, the strange storyline dominates the characters and their performances. It drives towards ‘what happens next’. The cinematography is good. Background music could have been far better for this kind of film. Screenplay and editing are reasonable. The temple collapsing scene is also done well. Though a commendable adaptation, care would have been taken to make it in a more interesting manner with better technical aspects. This kind of story deserves better making on a whole.