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Telugu movie review - Veera

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Posted: 20 May 2011 at 11:28am | IP Logged

Raviteja, Taapsee and Kajal Agarwal in one film!! Sounds so cool and wow combo. Raviteja, in the sky after his 'Mirapakay' turned out to be a success,  Kajal-Taapsee on the high after their 'Mr Perfect' became a hit, these stars came together for a mass commercial entertainer 'Veera'. Despite being Mass Maharaja's film, the publicity and buzz for this flick was poor. It released today and we watched it on the first day.Here is what we think about this potboiler...

Story

Shyam Prasad(Shaam) is an honest ACP who arrests a goon Dhanraj(Rahuldev). In the process of arresting him, Dhanraj accidentally kills his own son and so now hates Shyam for that. He kidnaps Shyam's son and kills him. He also threatnes to kill Shyam's daughter Anjali. Meanwhile, the government appoints Deva a police officer as security to Shyam's family. Raviteja comes as Deva and saves Shyam and his daughter. However, Shyaam's wife Satya(Sridevi) hates him and doesn't like his involvement in her family affairs. Shyam keeps the death of his son a secret from the rest of the family. Meanhile, Ika(Taapsee) is Anjali's friend. She falls in love with Raviteja. Shyaam gets to know that the security officer Deva whom the government appointed is not the same as Raviteja. Also a man disguised as swami (Pradeep Rawat) is trying to know the whereabouts of Satya. The rest of the story goes on a flashback mode on who is Raviteja and what is his relationship with Satya. What is his real name and why is he trying to save Satya and her family? Who is the swami and what is his enemity with Satya?

Performances

Raviteja followed his trademark style. His comical histrionics, his time tested dialogue delivery, his laughable dancing 'ish'tyle are all the same and well known. He is convincing in his role and he radiates energy in every shot.

Kajal is impressive with her action. Her emotions are now mature, well timed, strong and intense.She has evolved as an actor.

Taapsee however needs to do better. She can't pass off with showing her thighs and designer wear all the time. Her expressions and dialogues don't really match. She looks lost in all most all the frames. If she takes up another project like this, her rising career will surely be in the verge of collapse. Infact her role in this movie is absolutely unnecessary. She was included in the script only to extend the length of the movie.

Bramhanandam and Ali manage to tickle your funny bones though Bramhy's expressions are now a bore. His way of crying and his confused face now are so routine that it doesn't excite audience anymore. Perhaps audience have become immune to his funny antics and he better discover new ones before he becomes a part of Telugu cinema comedy history.

Sridevi's action is over the top and she behaves like a weeping TV serial artiste. Sudha, Pradeep Rawat, Rahul Dev, Divya Vani are cliched and painfully irritating in their cliched roles.

Clapworthy moments

The costumes in this film are impressive.Barring a few wardrobe disasters, the attire is superb. Taapsee despite a middle class background in the film looks a million bucks in her mini skirts and elite shades.

Kajal bowls you over with her sensuous exposing of naval in beautiful sarees. Raviteja's comedy with Ali comes as a breather in this otherwise violent film.

Cinematography by Chota K Naidu reflects his experience and command on the camera. Dialogues like 'Charitra Neeku Gurthundela Kottamantava... Charitraku Nuvvu Gurthundela Kottamantava' have a mass appeal.

The locations in Europe where the songs were shot are new and never seen before in Telugu cinema. The song 'Oh Meri Baavari' was well choreographed. Yet another track 'Ekkadekkada Unnado' was shot like 'Greeku Veerudu' of Nagarjuna.

Cringe worthy moments

Gone are the days when Telugu film directors used to watch a few English movies and copy a few scenes from each of them to make one Telugu movie. This director Ramesh Varma shamelessly copied scenes from our own Telugu movies and made this film. As the scenes roled by, audience in the theatres were predicting a song and there came a song. They were predicting that Sridevi is Raviteja's sister and it came true. They were predicting that Sridevi's son is alive and that too came true. Can the director or the stars kindly explain what is so twisty and new about this film? The dual meaning dialogues like 'Nuvvu Ekkuthava Nannu Ekkamantava' are in bad taste.

The scenes like SUVs flying in the air, people in the village in chorus encouraging the hero to kill the villain, mantric chants 'Jai Jai Veera' when the hero is bashing the villain make you want to tear the screen apart and scream 'Veeerraaa...' Oh! Before I forget, when the hero collapses in the fight with the villain Pradeep Rawat, a little girl yells 'Maavayaa..' and the hero opens his eyes. In how many thousands of movies have we not watched this scene already? Divyavani who is the wife of Pradeep Rawat kills herself because her 'Penimiti' is not Mogadu enough to kill 'Veera'.Even teens will have better reasons to commit suicide I am sure.

Songs in this film are real pain. Why is Taapsee dancing with half torn clothes near snow cap mountains? Raviteja should quit wearing shades in so many scenes. How does he explain the logic that a village headman wears designer shades in the city? Even in the scenes where he is talking to a child, he wears shades which is disgusting to watch.

Taapsee looks at the photo of Kajal in Raviteja's purse and there goes a song. Kajal looks at Raviteja and there goes a song. The timing and leads for songs are as silly as the script of this movie is and is sure to test your patience. Which part of Andhrapradesh do girls play Kabbadi tournaments in Langa Ooni? Kajal plays and that too with her langa down her naval. Wow really? If you want to take your kids to watch this film, think twice. Because half a dozen legs are chopped off, another score heads are beheaded, hands are twisted and pregnant women are stabbed. The screen is splashed red with blood every five minutes in this flick that is sure to give you a massive headache.

Verdict

An absolutely predictable and irritatingly boring film.Watch it at your own risk.

Released on: 20th May, 2011

tsk tsk.. his movies are usually a good watch.. Kick, Don seenu ROFL and even Mirapakaya they all were hillariouss.. Maas Maharaja enduku Veera chesavu..LOL

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Posted: 23 May 2011 at 12:28am | IP Logged
Thanks for the interesting review here is one from Times of India Hyd edition 22 may
 

Cast: Ravi Teja, Kajal, Taapsee, Sridevi, Shyam, Brahmanandam, Divya Vani Story, screenplay, direction: Ramesh Varma Producer: Ganesh Indukuri
   After testing new waters with a few comic capers, in "Veera" we see actor Ravi Teja treading the the triedand-tested formula film path yet again. But he fails to impress. Ravi Teja's lacklustre performance apart, the movie also suffers due to director Ramesh Varma's outdated story, which is made worse with a predictable, unimpressive screenplay. The Kajal-Taapsee pairing as leading ladies is a tad too tiring, as it comes close on the heels of "Mr Perfect", where the girls were first seen together.
The story begins with Shyamsunder (Shyam), a tough cop killing a local baddie, thus earning his goon brother's (Rahul Dev) wrath. The goon threatens to avenge the death by kidnapping the cop's son. Worried, the police department arranges a special security officer, Veera (Ravi Teja), to protect the family. Veera, the protector, soon gets pally with everyone in the family, except Shyamsunder's wife (Sridevi). She can't stand Veera and is always cursing him... When it's time for some romance, the director introduces Taapsee, Shyamsunder's cute neighbour. She falls in love with Veera, who is unmoved by her charms. Desperate to win his attention, she tries to take the help of Tiger (Brahmanandam), posted at the officer's house. As this track goes on endlessly, the director tires to pull a new trick — a twist in the tale. Shyamsunder finds out that Veera is not actually a special security officer arranged by the government. As he goes about figuring out who Veera is and why he is so interested in protecting his family, the story is unraveled to the audience. The story runs on two plots simultaneously; if only the director took more care in its narration, he could have salvaged it. Some pitfalls include the long action sequences and the unnecessary comic scenes, which makes the movie go haywire. One can easily predict the next scene.
Ravi Teja, though energetic and tolerable, dream walks through the film as he's done similar roles in over a dozen films in the past. The first half is bearable, with funfilled moments between Ravi Teja and Brahmanandam. Though nothing spectacular, they do bring a smile to your face.
Kajal, who comes in the flashback scenes of the second half, looks glam, but that's it. Ditto with Taapsee. Leave alone lip-syncing, she can't even emote. Sridevi (Manjula's daughter), who is making a comeback after a long time, was a pleasant surprise. She looks fresh and does justice to her part. Shaam fits into his character perfectly, but he has hardly any screen time to shine. Divya Vani and Pradeep Rawat are loud and clichd. The music by Thaman is forgettable.
"Veera" will only appeal to the front bench fans of Ravi Teja.
Ravi Teja and Kajal Agarwal in "Veera"

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Posted: 23 May 2011 at 11:10am | IP Logged
I watched it online within 1/2 an hr Ermm...oh wad a boreConfused

I wonder why did Ravi teja sign this film

BTW in which part of AP do girls play kabbabi wearing half sarees that too their skirts start below the navel. ROFL

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Posted: 24 May 2011 at 4:32pm | IP Logged

^Bhavs, anything possible in cinema worldLOL 

Thanks for the reviews girls:)

It definitely doesn't sounds like a movie worth to watch though his movies are usually comedy flicksErmm me skipping this one:)

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Posted: 27 May 2011 at 7:00am | IP Logged
wonder y was this such a flop Ermm
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This Movie Was Absolutely Not His Best Film Yaar
Was A Little Bit Disappointed :(
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