Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Review

By Naresh Kota Jan. 12, 2020, 01:14 pm IST
Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Review

Family Entertainer

Star Cast: Allu Arjun, Pooja Hegde, Tabu, Jayaram, Sushanth, Sachin Khedekar, Navdeep, Nivetha Pethuraj, Samuthirakani, and Govind Padmasoorya

Music Composed by Thaman S
Cinematography by PS Vinod
Edited by Navin Nooli
Directed & Written by Trivikram Srinivas
Produced by S. Radhakrishna, Allu Aravind
Censor Certificate: U/A
Runtime: 165 Minutes

Allu Arjun took a break of 20 Months from films and he is back with his favorite director, Trivikram Srinivas's Ala Vaikuntapurramuloo for Sankranthi. The team tried to deliver a complete family entertainer and let's discuss how it is...
The story follows a greedy person, Valmiki (Murali Sharma) after he commits a criminal sin by seizing an opportunistic moment. He exchanges his son (Sushanth) with Ramachandra (Jayaram)'s son. He starts torturing Ram's son, Bantu (Allu Arjun) from a young age and discourages him all the time, to make him a loser. His son, Raj Manohar is loved by Ram and his family. But Raj ends up being a loser, while Bantu finds a way to succeed because of Amulya (Pooja Hegde).  One fine day, Bantu knows the truth and what he did after that, forms the rest of the story.

Allu Arjun gave his best to each and every sequence. He understood everything that  Trivikram Srinivas wanted to tell with the film and through his character and performed accordingly. He never seemed to go out of character even for once and even those sequences that look over the top, worked well, because of his performance. Pooja Hegde lent good support to the film, with her screen presence.

Jayaram, Tabu looks good as a pair. Tabu feels underutilized, but her character did not have much scope than that. Sushanth did well in his role. Nivetha Pethuraj, Suniel, Harshavardhan, Navadeep, Rohini, Rahul Ramakrishna did perform well even though their roles feel like screen fillers. Sachin Khedkar and Jayaram handled the emotional core of the film with Allu Arjun very well. Rajendra Prasad's scenes look like an extension to his Julayi character and they all came out good. The film belongs to Murali Sharma and he stole the show after Allu Arjun. With a special mannerism, even Samuthirakani made his presence felt.

This is the best work of music director SS Thaman. He delivered very popular audio and even elevated the scenes with his BGM. He is one of the pillars of the film. PS Vinod's frames also looked grand and added beauty to the scenes. Editing by Navin Nooli slightly Jarry at times but he understood the tone, Trivikram Srinivas wanted to set and made the cut. The production design is very rich and lent a hand to the director's vision.

Trivikram Srinivas found a good formula in Attharintiki Daredi that he is very comfortable with.  He tries to tell a very familiar story to Telugu households, in his typical style, in most of his movies. One feels so. Sometimes all works and sometimes it can go wrong. Still, when you package it perfectly and add your own innovations to the old formula, you can make the film, a very fun experience. Trivikram Srinivas is slowly trying to master that art.

As a writer and director, he maintained the characters in perfect balance throughout the film. He concentrated on the emotions that work for his story more and even if that led to some actors being used very less, he still gave them one memorable scene or shot to justify their presence. Also, when you see good actors contributing to a scene and elevating it, the films feel like an ensemble effort just one-man show.

Ala Vaikuntapurramuloo has some issues like love track and too many characters, but the film holds up very well in comparison to his earlier films. If Agnyathavaasi is a film where everything went wrong, this is a film where everything worked right. Trivikram Srinivas balanced the emotions, comedy and delivered the package fun without crossing any line. Our recommendation is that you can watch the film at theatres without any regret!

Bottom Line: Sankranthi Delicacy

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