Venky Mama Movie review:
Victory Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya starrer Venky Mama Movie is released today on the occasion of the birthday of Venkatesh. Director Bobby, who impressed the audience with the movie Jai Lava Kusa took a considerable time for this movie. The combination of Venkatesh and Chay is on talks for a long time and hence has set a bar for expectations. Let’s see how the movie is.Plot:
Venkatrathnam aka Military Naidu (Venkatesh) is a farmer in Kona Seema. He has a nephew Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) who loses his parents in his childhood and for that reason, Venkatrathnam takes care of him. He puts Karthik in the first place and sacrifices everything for him. He won’t marry because of the doubt that his wife will not accept Karthik. And he also gives up his dream to join the military just to take care of Karthik. Even Karthik loves his uncle and they share some of the best buddy moments all the time till he grows up. While everyone is getting a happy ending, things take a twist and Karthik leaves his uncle and heads to the military. Why did he leave his beloved Venky Mama? Do they meet again? The answers to these questions fill the crux of the movie.Review:
A middle-aged hero plays an idealistic role while another young hero plays a joyful role and both of them together have fun all the time till a twist comes in the way and separates them. That is pretty much the first half of the movie Venky Mama, which makes it a regular, routine and most importantly outdated storyline. When it comes to the directors in the TFI, everyone has a reputation. Rajamouli is known for his grandeur and Trivikram is known for his writing style. The reputation of Bobby is that even his movie is hit, he does not get enough credit for the film. The main reason for that is that the directional quotient wouldn’t weight along with the scripts in Bobby’s movies. He makes movies in a regular commercial format and tries to put his best efforts to make the movie people-pleasing and that is what he has done in this movie too. Good point is that the people are pleased, which is the routine response for Bobby movies. But is it because of his brilliance? No. It is because he is an expert in playing in the safe zone. His movies Jai Lava Kusa and Venky Mama are on the same graph when we take into comparison. In the first half of both movies, the heroes are introduced. They have a little love track that has almost nothing to do with the main plot of the movie and just when the first half is about to end, boom, there comes a twist and the audience will head for an interval. While the first half is completely a fun-filled ride, the second half becomes emotional and touchy with a melodramatic climax that actually makes the audience feel sad and sentimental. This is exactly the graph of his current movie that is in simile with his earlier one and the good news is, Jai Lava Kusa is well received with the audience and Venky Mama too will be well received because there isn’t much risk in playing safe.Performances:
Just as in the title, Venky Mama (Venkatesh) is the show-stealer in the film and his acting and comedy timing are amazing and outstanding. May be only he could have pulled some intense scenes in this movie without lowering the tone of the movie to melodramatic. Naga Chaitanya did not have a role that is as strong and significant as Venkatesh but apart from the acting of Naga Chaitanya on an individual scale, the chemistry of Venkatesh and Chay is an eye feast to watch on screen. Raashi Khanna has a definitive role than Payal Rajput and both the actresses are eye candies and the glamor treat is a given for the commercial audience. No other characters are mentionable much because they are not strong enough. Prakash Raj, Dasari Arun Kumar, and Rao Ramesh got some decent roles and their performances are good for the roles.
Thaman S has not only impressed the audience with the album but also with the background score. Production values and cinematography did an effective job for the film and particularly in establishing the village environment. Screenplay is not an effective touch but can’t really complain about it. Editing could have been crisp in the second half. The loops in the story appear pointless and illogical at times in the second half and the military episode is absolutely not dealt well.
No matter how much routine the movie sounds, it evokes some good laughs and entertains on the big screen. At least it would be a nice time to pass for the weekend.