Operation Valentine Movie Review: Varun Tej Burns Up The Screen In This Fighter Ka Baap

Operation Valentine Movie Review: Varun Tej's war thriller inspires and it does so without actually having to try too hard to impress. Read on to know more...

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Operation Valentine

Critic's Ratings

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3.5

Action

Release Date

Mar 1, 2024
Operation Valentine Movie Review Varun Tej Burns Up The Screen In This Fighter Ka Baap
Operation Valentine Movie Review

About Operation Valentine

Operation Valentine Review: There is much to be said about the fighting spirit, especially when it is wrapped around the spirit of desh bhakti.
And mind it, not a single shot of the tri-color. Nope, this time they would rather try other colours. And yet, I felt a surge of pride for being Indian, something that was completely missing in the experience of watching Siddharth Anand’s Fighter some weeks ago.
Operation Valentine gives off positive vibes from the opening images where we can see that, well, less is more. For a first-time director, Shakti Pratap Singh is in full control of his narrative.
There is no room here for hero worship, or excessive jingoism. Thank the Lord for downsized mercies!
Rest assured, this engaging film is not a vehicle to promote its leading man. Of course, Varun Tej gets an elaborate introduction—what would Telugu cinema be without a hero-entry sequence? But thereafter, he is on his own. No pampering and mollycoddling by the script as he sets out to teach the raiders of the lost arc, a lesson they won’t forget easily.
Surprisingly, for a film which is woven around the Pulwama attacks, the Pakistanis are not excessively demonized. They are shown to be just doing their job; just like their counterparts on the other side of the border.
I even saw a jihadi protecting a little girl during the Pulwama explosion. And I think I heard a Pakistani used the term ‘Janaab’ just once in the entire film.
Not that the film’s achievements rest only on skimpy laurels.
There is an element of high fidelity in the fusion of fact and fiction. The airborne hijinks may not have happened in real life the way they are shown in this film. But for sure, there is something far more scrupulous in this wannabe Top Gun than in its Bollywood counterpart in January.
What works wonderfully for Operation Valentine is that it doesn’t try too hard to impress the audience. The action and the heated exchange of rhetorics on aerial warfare are never up in the air. The characters speak the language of patriotic cinema, yes. But they never go overboard with their zealous semantics.
The performances convey a warm connectivity among the characters on screen, as well as with the audience. Varun Tej, who looks fighting fit, looks every inch the dedicated soldier.
As for Manushi Chiller, after a false start in Samrat Prithviraj she finds her bearings(countrymen , rejoice!). The lady is not only easy on the eyes but also a competent player when the camera, obviously in love with her face, zooms in.
Speaking of the eloquent camerawork by Hari K Vedantam , it not only subsumes an epic quality when it rises to the occasion, it also communicates an intimacy among the characters when needed.The other hero of the film is Mickey J Meyer’s background score: very punctual in punctuating the scenes, always alert and edifying.
A word about the chemistry between Mr Varun and Ms Chillar. They look more in love, even when at war with one another.
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