Movie : Varudu
Cast : Allu Arjun, Bhanusree Mehra, Arya, Ashish Vidyarthi, Suhasini, Naresh, Vinaya, Nasser, Rao Ramesh, Sayaji Shinde, Ahuti Prasad, Brahmanandam, Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, Anita Chowdary and others
Directed by : Gunasekhar
Produced by : D V V Danayya
Banner : Universal Media
Music : Mani Sharma
Rating : 2.5/5
Sandeep (Allu Arjun) is a modern guy in looks and activities but at heart, he is a very old fashioned guy. His thoughts are so conventional that he entrusts the job of finding a suitable girl to his parents (Ashish Vidyarthi, Suhasini) and also decides not to see her till the ‘Jeelakarra Bellam’ happens. His wish is to have the wedding for five days like the olden days. All these are granted and even his heart skips a beat when he sees the bride Deepthi (Bhanu Mehra) finally. However, just when the knot is to be tied, an accident of sorts happens and Deepthi gets kidnapped. Who kidnaps her and why do they do that? What does Sandeep do? All this forms the rest of the story.
Artist performances :
Allu Arjun comes in a rather subdued character and his role is complete contrast to his regular acts. He was unable to impress this time. Bhanu Mehra was average in looks and so was her performance. Arya showed flashes of brilliance and it must be said that his screen presence is stronger than that of Allu Arjun. Suhasini was simple, Ashish Vidyarthi was underutilized, Naresh was normal, Nasser was regular, Rao Ramesh was brief, Brahmi was a disappointment, Ahuti was wasted, not much from the others as well.
Plus points :
* Visual appeal in songs and few scenes
* Arya to an extent
* Technical aspects at few places
Minus points :
* Weak Storyline
* Poor Character Etching
* No Appealing Plot
* Performances not extracted from efficient cast
* Bizarre scenes, especially climax
* No Comedy
* Lack of depth in emotions
It was with great hype that the film was publicized and with Gunasekhar at the helm and his idea of creating a curiosity factor on the heroine, the expectations were high. His USP of depicting a proper Telugu wedding was another highlight. But the fact remains that he has failed in all departments. At the end of it, the audience leaves with several questions on their faces. First among that is, why did he have to spend so many crores for a product like this, did they know where the story (if any) was heading while they were making it. Barring few places where technical values were good, the film failed in dialogues, songs, background score, cinematography, editing, screenplay etc. Gunasekhar must realize that giving a glossy appeal to a film doesn’t serve the purpose at the box office. The audience wants to see a strong message or atleast some entertainment. This will sink in no time.
TollywoodAndhra Verdict : Fails To Impress!