By Subhash K. Jha

Film: “Makkhi”; Starring: Sudeep, Samanth Ruth Prabhu, Nani; Directed by: S.S. Rajamouli; Rating: *** 1/2

This is a love triangle with a twist. It’s a story of a man, woman and… a fly! By now we’ve all heard of Rajamouli’s “Eega” cracking box office records in Tamil. The Hindi version comes to us with a tremendous pre-release expectations. Shall we just say we were “Eega” to see this film?

“Makkhi” doesn’t disappoint. Not by a long shot. It’s a fiercely original and engaging piece of cinema replete with special effects that endow human qualities on a fly, making it a cool tool of vendetta.

Yup, the fly creates quite a buzz! Specially around the film’s antagonist Sudeep’s ears, as it tortures the hell out of the villain who had bumped off the leading lady’s angelic suitor, little realizing that he, the suitor, would be reborn as a fly.

On paper, “Makkhi” must have sounded like a corny adventure saga about a fly’s vendetta spree against a man who would go to any lengths to win over a girl who rebuffs his every gesture.

Sudeep’s effectual destruction by the fly has to be seen to be believed. To bring variations into the fly’s various means of torturing his adversary to death requires Herculean plotting and planning. Director Rajmouli excels in giving a human life to the fly.

In spite of the inherent repetitiveness of the concept (in how many ways can a fly ..er, fly?), the narrative’s pace never slackens. The special effects are incredibly adept. Full marks to Kannada actor Sudeep for creating an exacerbrated tension in a fight that is unequal from Round 1.

Interestingly as the fly-hero’s vendetta intensifies, Sudeep’s character begins to appear comically vulnerable. By the time he gets unequivocally murderous we share Sudeep’s sentiments completely.