Inji Iduppazhagi (Telugu version: Size Zero) is a lovely Thanksgiving gift for Tamils and Telugus in New Jersey.
The beauty of this Jalebi and Ladoo romance is in its offbeat story that will leave you floored and desperate to add weight to your body.
Ace filmmaker Prakash Kovelamudi directed this gem featuring legendary South Indian stars Anushka Shetty, Arya and Prakash Raj in key roles.
Kovelamudi’s spouse Kanika Dhillon is credited with the story and screenplay of this endearing romance that is rocking movie halls from Edison to Hyderabad.
Fat girl Sweety (Anushka Shetty) loves to stuff herself with Jalebis, Ladoos, Kheema Samosas and any other edible that can fit into her wide mouth.
Much to her widowed mother’s infinite distress, Sweety remains unmarried while her peers are already heaving two babies around.
Sweety’s mother believes the fault is all in her daughter’s weight and pushes her to enroll in a slimming center run by the shady marketing whiz Size Zero Satyanand (Prakash Raj).
Documentary filmmaker Abhi (Arya) and Simran (Sonal Chauhan) play NRIs back in India with altruistic motives like improving toilet hygiene and such noble stuff.
How blessed India is that NRIs are always returning there to turn the nation into a clean El Dorado.
No wonder India is a Swachh Bharat where a mere 650 million poop in the open every day.
In its frenetic pace, Inji Iduppazhagi resembles the new Bond film Spectre.
There’s no pause or play button in the film, only a fast-forward.
Sweety eats Jalebis, rejects Abhi during a traditional Hindu bride viewing ceremony, jogs here and there, eats Kheema Samosas, falls for Abhi, eats Ladoos, sings a song, eats more Laddus, exercises on a stationary bike, eats more Jalebis, screams at Satyanand, eats more Ladoos, gets engaged to Shekhar, exercises on a stationary bike, eats more Ladoos, sings a song, eats more Jalebis, falls in the water with Abhi, eats more Ladoos, exposes Size Zero Satyanand, removes her saree, dumps her fiancee and elopes with Abhi.
In keeping with India’s status as a software powerhouse, Sweety’s brother adds a delightful comic touch by peddling ‘soft wear’ to nubile girls.
Such a beautiful movie and so tastefully made.
You can see every scene has the fingerprint of a genius.
In Prakash Kovelamudi, India has found its Orson Welles.
If Anushka Shetty is a picture of unsullied beauty with an Ingrid Bergmanesque mystique, then Arya seems like a Renaissance man.
In decades of making films, India has never produced as glorious an example of non-acting as Arya.
What a pity those great Renaissance painters and sculptors are no longer with us. They’d have found in Arya the ultimate still model.
See it Twice, Thrice
If you haven’t already seen it, do make time for Inji Iduppazhagi.
This is a movie worth seeing not just once but twice or thrice with the entire family.
Inspired by Inji Iduppazhagi, I’m already on an eating binge in the certainty that it’ll bring some much needed romance into my life.