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.
One needs to be out of the regular line to get noticed by others. Sometimes, some films turn the heads of the audience who are habituated to the regular stuff. This is one such film about the genre and the subject. Let us see what prompted the makers to bring out this film.
"Dark, the most popular German series on Netflix has first streamed its season-1 in the year 2017. That has bulldozed the minds of many audiences and filmmakers with its weirdest plot and the attempt to connect it to theoretical metaphysics. The makers of this film have got strongly influenced by that series and that is seen in "Play Back".
A man who lives in 2019 gets into contact with a woman from 1993 on a land phone. Some silly reason, though conveyed as a mere theory, was planted as the scientific possibility for the convenience to narrate this story. What happens to them? Will they meet each other? How they play with the time for fun and a reason forms the rest of the story.
The drama unleashes when both of them discover that they are from different timelines. The series of incidents packed with fun, suspense, thrill, and crime follow one after the other till the end.
The entire intelligence to write this script including the character sketches is directly adapted from 'Dark' and whatever is originally conceived tasted insipid. Even the signature music of "Dark" is used in many places throughout the film liberally. The line ’don’t try to change the past’ is also taken from the same series.
Keeping the similarities with the original aside, the attempt to show something different to the Telugu audience with local nativity is appreciable. But what lacks is the class in making it with a better élan and brilliance. Budget constraints seem to be one main reason for poor execution. The biggest saving for this film is it has no songs. That’s one good thing that happened to the audience.