Bhaskar (Varun Dhawan), a government contractor, gets a contract to lay a road in a densely forested area of Arunachal Pradesh. As a part of that, he goes there to cut down the forests and collect land from the adivasis living there. He tries to deceive people who are far from civilization to take places. But his attempt is blocked by the wolf (Thodelu). As part of it, the wolf attacks Bhaskar. In that attempt, Bhaskar gets bitten by a wolf. From then on, changes begin in Bhaskar. He turns into a wolf at night. Palita becomes a hunter who wants to destroy the forest. As a Bhaskar by day.. as a wolf by night.. his life suddenly turns upside down. Has Bhaskar become human again? Who turned him into a wolf? why That twist has to be seen on screen.
Director Amar Kaushik is making ‘Todelu’ as the first creature comedy genre movie on the Indian screen. The story is crafted with high technical values and Hollywood level graphics giving the audience a real visual treat. The VFX companies who have worked on Hollywood films like Gun Merwick and Godzilla vs. King have given the graphics work to the film to give a nice feeling of enjoying the natural forest. Changing from a human to a wolf can be very scary. The way each part changes.. Wolf expressions.. Is a real wolf like this? They have brought so much naturalness. Watching the wolf in vfx 3D technology is like being in a new world. When the wolf jumps.. when it screams.. you get a good visual treat in many cases.
Varun Dhawan is amazing in the scene where he transforms into a shape-shifting wolf. As the wolf came out tearing the muscles.. body parts changing one by one.. superpowers.. smelling.. hearing even small sounds.. walking with legs and arms.. eating vegetarian cannibals and drinking their blood.. in the morning he became a man again and lived in painful scenes. Varun acted brilliantly by showing various variations of the changes that take place in his body. He scared us with his fierce acting.. and in some scenes he made us feel sorry for being a sin. Varun showed all shades in acting. Especially in the scene where the snake comes out of its cheddi in the forest, the tears are moving. There are many such scenes in it.
Abhishek Banerjee as Jethi impresses with his comedic timing. He shouldered the entire comedy part in this movie. Even in hair-raising action scenes, he made the audience smile. In the scene where the wolf is biting Pirra.. the hero has done a great job with his comic timing in the scenes where he collects faeces for the test. Apart from being a friend of the hero, he also played comedy in a role with a family relationship. He never lost his comedy timing from starting to ending. In other words, he is the one who appears on the screen more than the heroine.
Another friend of the hero Jomin (Paalin Kabak) also plays a key role in the story. Bhaskar, Jomin and JD are the three who will continue the story of ‘Wolf’. Jomin and JD showed their desire to befriend him and turn him into a man even though they knew their friend turned into an animal. The scenes of this trio combo are not only comedy but also action and emotional. In the scene where Bhaskar turns into a wolf before Jomin and JD and comes to eat them, Jomin and JD are amazing with their performance. While smiling on one side.. on the other hand, they made the audience get involved in the story by appearing as innocent as Elara Babu.
Kriti Sanon could have done better in the role of Veterinarian Dr. Anika. It was Seine who originally introduced her.. She is the heroine. Although he was good enough for the role of the doctor. Moreover, there are no chemistry workout scenes with the hero. But the highlight is the scene where the hero is taken to the forest and shows the beauty of the forest. It seems that the director has created a world there. They showed the beauty of the forest so naturally. It is as if this beauty has disappeared before that beauty. That’s why Krithi is not highlighted much on the screen. In this, Keerthy is not only a cattle doctor.. Her character was given a good hype in the second half with a twist that was beyond the audience’s imagination. But this twist may not give much of a kick to the audience who are already familiar with her role. But what is that twist is a kick when you see it on screen.
What will happen in the story.. what will happen next.. knowing what the climax will be in advance.. the minus of this movie. But firstoff is very gripping with a visual treat. If the interval is bang, then the hairs will thicken. Bhaskar is interesting in the second half with the scene where he turns into a wolf. They have created an impact on what will happen next. But the second half seems to have been stretched by the elements. Although we see a wonderful world on the screen.. the second half along with the climax also seems to be washed out.
But at the end, the scenes where two wolves are facing each other, one is fighting with the hunters to save its life, feels heart touching. Seeing the lone wolf at the end makes the eyes water. Background music by Sachin-Jigar is another plus for this movie. The wolf howls.. the sound of the wolf when it appears.. brought life to the visual treat. Tankeshwara song is not only beautiful to listen to but also visually good. Cinematographer Jishnu Bhattacharjee has created a new world with his camera eye. The full moon in the midnight sky.. the vfx for the beauty of the forest is amazing and ‘Wolf’ feels like a feast for the eyes.
Finally.. Todelu is a visual treat.. along with thrilling and action episodes there is also good comedy for belly laughs. Kids will enjoy it. But the thing to remember is.. you have to watch it in 3D.. otherwise you will miss the beauty in that visual treat. Those who want something new in the story may not like ‘Todelu’ but those who want to experience a visual treat, ‘Todelu’ will surprise them.