Sudeep (Kiccha Sudeepa) is a high profile industrialist who gets whatever he wants and he has a special eye for beautiful women. To get them, he will not hesitate to do anything. That desire gets triggered when Sudeep sees Bindu (Samantha Prabhu), a micro artist who runs a non-profit organization. Bindu, however, has long flirted and been in love with Nani (played by Nani), who keeps following her everywhere. The story takes a turn when Sudeep discovers the pair is in love and in a rage he kills Nani. But 10 days later Nani is born again as ‘Eega’ (fly) and he vows to take his vengeance on Sudeep.
Eega is brilliant absurdity taken to the wildest extremes. As the villain, Sudeepa is comedic gold as he sells the fly attacks brilliantly. His performance is equal parts sleazy, slapstick and treacherous, and all of it works tremendously. And big hearty thanks should go to the special effects team as the work they did on the film is top notch. The film features ones of the most ingenious and hilarious training montages in film history. With the original run time over 2.5 hours (we saw a shortened version) there is an intermission break in the film that features one of the film’s funniest images as its title card. Starting off rushed yet a little slow, the filmmakers in this edit seem determined to get to the fly effects as quick as they can and character development pays the price, though it does pick up drastically once Nani returns as the fly. It should also be noted that the songs provide some of the film’s biggest laughs.
It’s hard to imagine this film being dreamed up without the writer being under the influence of some substance, the premise is among the most insane ever attempted, but thank god he did. Eega is the most unique and unrelenting thrill rides of 2013, and it demands a second viewing as soon as possible.
Playing as part of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, the horror fan festival runs until October 25.