Debutante director Karthik Ghattamaneni's "Surya Vs Surya" starring Nikhil Siddhartha and newbie Tridha Choudhury in lead roles has received mixed reviews from film critics across the globe.
"Surya Vs Surya" is a beautiful romance drama written by cinematographer-turned-director Karthik. The movie revolves around the story of guy suffering from rare genetic disorder, due to which he cannot go out in the sunlight. He falls in love with a TV anchor, who breaks up with him after knowing about his disease. How he wins his love back forms the crux of the story.
Nikhil Siddhartha and Tridha Choudhury's performances are the main highlights of "Surya Vs Surya". While the movie has rich production values and interesting story, the screenplay has disappointed film critics.
Most of the film critics have called the screenplay the biggest drawback of "Surya Vs Surya", which has been rated an average of 2.37 stars out of 5. Below is the verdict of film critics:
"Wish the film had more such sparkling moments and a far more engaging screenplay. Telugu cinema rarely explores unconventional storylines and when one of it ends up falling short, it's a lost opportunity."
"The film is just 130 minutes long and has its share of some finely-crafted moments in the beginning. If only someone felt the need to make the film more gripping and have a better subplot to show Surya coming to terms with his future, probably Surya vs Surya would have been the film we were promised. Like the lead character itself, it feels like the script too is scared of taking on the sun. What a wasted opportunity!"
"Surya Vs Surya has a novel story idea and a committed team to implement it. Plus points of the movie are novel story idea, Nikhil's performance, cinematography and music. A fast-paced narration with attention-catching screenplay would have taken this movie to a different level. Despite of few glitches, Surya Vs Surya will end up as a good attempt! But we need more for such a classy film to work with wider audiences."
"A film with a good premise but which descends into run--of-the-mill stuff before you know."
"Surya vs Surya has some decent moments. Nikhil's performance, interesting story and entertaining first half are major assets of this film. Nikhil's popularity will bring in good crowds but a slow and predictable second half spoils the flow of the film and makes it just a one time watch."
"Films are supposed to be medium that showcase visual with sound to be added to accompaniment and layer the visual. May be that's why film makers usually say show, don't tell your storytelling on motion picture. But "Surya Vs Surya" goes the other way around in spite of some beautiful imaginary, the film follows the pronouncement of tell, don't show and by the end you are left frustratingly disappointed at what could have been potentially brilliant and heartwarming film failing so dismally in engaging you or moving you. Sadly the film is more dramatic, obvious, and trivial rather than conceptually/emotionally satisfying journey."