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Vastadu Naa Raju-Telugu Movie Review

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Posted: 11 February 2011 at 3:27am | IP Logged


Rating: 3/5
Banner: 24 Frames Factory
Cast: Manchu Vishnuvardhan, Taapsee, Prakashraj, Ajay, Brahmanandam, Tanikella Bharani, Jeeva, Sayaji Shinde, Tulasi, Surekha Vani, Sathya Krishnan, Satyam Rajesh, Siva Reddy, Ali and others
Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematography: S Gopal Reddy
Director: Hemant Madhukar
Producer: Manchu Vishnuvardhan
Release Date: February 11, 2011

A time pass tale, the story begins with Venky (vishnu) whose goal in life is to become a kickboxing champion. He doesn't believe in love and thinks that it is time waste and money waste. His life takes a turn when he is targeted by Narasimha (prakashraj), a dreaded goon who is aspiring to become an MLA. Narasimha is under the impression that Venky is in love with his sister Pooja (taapsee). On the other hand, he also commits to the wedding of Pooja with Ajay (ajay), son of Home Minister. How does that misunderstanding occur? Are Venky and Pooja really in love? What happens after that forms the rest of the story.
The director has come up with an interesting storyline and while the presentation was nice, the narrative was adequate. The dialogues were apt, the script was written with conviction but the screenplay could have been better. Background score was good and songs were the highlight. Cinematography is good but was dim at few places. Editing was okay but it could have been sharp at the required places. Costumes were trendy while the art department was rich. Manchu Vishnu has to work on his physique and dialogue delivery a great deal, he looks sick and lacking energy. Taapsee was appealing and she has the right mix of beautiful looks and sex appeal which gives a feast to the audience. Prakashraj was good as usual and grabs attention. Brahmanandam does his bit as required. Tanikella was matured, Tulasi was neat, Sathya Krishnan makes her presence felt. Surekha Vani looks sensuous, Ajay's potential was not used rightly. Siva Reddy, Satyam Rajesh, Bobo Sasi were there to fill the gaps. Jeeva was usual.
The film comes across as a decent attempt to give entertainment given the fact that this is a debut attempt from the director. While the first half was a bit jerky due to technical hiccups and weak direction, it picks up right before the interval. The second half has the actual punch and though it got dragged at few instances, overall it gave a good feel. The film as such justifies its genre and has the required ingredients for keeping the audience busy. At the box office, this will land in safe zone.

Verdict: Breezy entertainer, can be watched once

Source: Bharat student

The credits of Vastadu Naa Raju in the beginning of the film has acknowledgements to BVS Ravi, Gopi Mohan, etc, etc..wonder what their contribution to the film was but they should share the blame in giving the audience a hard time. Vastadu Naa Raju is torture redefined. Don't know if Mohan Babu had watched 3 Idiots but someone should tell him not to force his craft on his progeny to satisfy his ego or carry his banner ahead and let them do what they are best at. Or if that is wrong the family should show mercy on the audiences.

After trying out various subjects, Vishnu comes back to trust Dhee, the film and the ensemble cast that propelled him as an actor. The introduction is interesting, simple, uncomplicated and that raises your expectations. Sadly the film thereafter has nothing new to offer, it is so incredibly clichd and predictable, the jokes stale, the climax so tiring..this could have been directed by any spot boy on the set who has a fair knowledge of cut, copy and paste.

Taapsee, poor little sweet girl, she needs to wait for another Telugu film to show her caliber but here her expressions were deadpan. Satya Krishnan makes a pleasant appearance but what she does through out the film is carrying a plate of rice and curry and is fussing over her husband or her sister-in-law like a mother hen, asking them to eat.

Brahmanandam knows the film is on his shoulders, so he just carries it uninterestedly, none of his expressions work, even if you were to tickle yourself to smile. Ajay is the only bright spot but he too has hardly anything to do. It's just not stars who have crossed their prime need to do some soul searching, character artistes, villain like Prakash Raj should stop making a mockery of themselves in dramas such as this.

Don't spend too much time thinking why this film could be dumb. About the story, the beginning of the film has a chase scene that is from Nenu Neeku Telusa, the hero jumping and running in lanes and by-lanes, long laborious monologue on Telugu Vadu, lines on Anjali Paapa which we have already seen a couple of weeks back, a heroine who is kidnapped by the hero and whose love story blooms after a full two hours. Wait, the lady has three wishes, she wants to be with her teddy bear, wants to write her exam, wants to visit the temple on between all this the hero's bike runs out of petrol and the viewers out of steam.

Vishnu tries to imitate his dad, depends on comedy and pushes the love story to the second half, whatever the concoction is it fails to deliver. Editing is jerky, songs not worth listening, camera work is good nothing extraordinary, dialogues are clunky. No scope for actors to rise, as the content is flawed with a ridiculous finale. Vastadu Naa Raju can be a safe addition to the Manchu family's DVD collection of personal achievements.

Source: Cinegoer

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