Venky Mama Review
|Main Cast:||:||Venkatesh Daggubati, Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, Raashi Khanna, Payal Rajput,|
|Producer:||:||D. Suresh Babu, T.G. Vishwa Prasad, Vivek Kuchibhotla,|
Venky Mama Movie Review - Unmatchable Silliness
Cast: Venkatesh, Naga Chaitanya, Raashi Khanna, Payal Rajput, Naseer, Rao Ramesh
Cinematography by Prasad Murella
Editing by Prawin Pudi
Written by Janardhan Maharshi, Kona Venkat, K.S. Ravindra
Music by SS Thaman
Directed by K.S. Ravindra
Produced by Suresh Babu, T.G. Vishwa Prasad, Vivek Kuchibotla
Runtime: 149 minutes
Venkatesh found success with multi-starrers like F2 and he is looking to do as many films with multiple heroes as leads these days. After a long time, he found a story that suits him and his nephew, Naga Chaitanya. Director Bobby aka KS Ravindra wrote the story and directed the movie, as well. Let's see if Venky Mama delivers on the promise and how it used this real life Mama-Alludu jodi's chemistry on-screen...
According to the story, Venkatratnam Naidu (Venkatesh) is known as Military Naidu in his village, Draksharamam. He devotes all his life to his nephew, Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) as his guardian from an young age. Karthik's parents die in a freaky accident and Venkatratnam promises to his nephew's paternal grand parents that he will never leave his nephew alone. Their bond grows so strong that he doesn't allow them to take Karthik away from him. On the other hand, Venkatratnam's father (Nasser) wants to divide Mama and Alludu at any cost. Why? Watch the movie to know more.
Acting wise Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya sleep walked for the most of the film. To be fair, they did not get enough scenes to show their acting prowess as well. Raashi Khanna, Payal Rajput too couldn't really save the film with their oomph factor. Prakash Raj, Rao Ramesh and other senior actors are all wasted in pointless roles.
Music wise SS Thaman disappoints you big time and even his Back Ground Score is very lethargic. Cinematography by Prasad Murella and editing by Prawin Pudi are decent enough. VFX work is comical. The first and foremost observation about writing in this bland film is that it doesn't really have a head or a tail. Movie runs as if it is in a marathon and has all the time in the world to tell a silly point without any sort of build-up any conviction. We are expected to be gullible and very emotional beings who just accept anything that is lethargically written and executed. We don't see a proper arc that builds the characters, we don't see people really settling into the beliefs that the film talks about methodically. Everything is random and you have to accept it, because you love to see these lovable leads on screen.
One feels so, because the writing doesn't even try to make the 70's look plausible and current. The team did not even try to make an attempt to include relatively fresh comedy or screenplay. F2 had similar screenplay but the jokes were at least in sync with timeline of 2017-2018 period. But here the jokes and the love tracks bring back memories of 80's films and they are executed in the similar fashion too. Bobby has a habit of making old world style movies and he did not try to change even after his previous two films results.
Movie is an amalgamation of different films rather scenes from them. We can see a touch of Bajrangi Bhaijaan when one hero shouts, "Mama" at the top of his lungs in the climax. We see Radha Kalyanam style jokes when a Hindi speaking teacher talks to villagers. We see glimpses of 70's and 80's style scenes in the love tracks. Even dialogue comedy doesn't really raise above mediocrity. An example for the lines are written - "Ramraj Cotton panche kattukunna Kaamraj la unnadu (He looks like a person who doesn't care for anything when it comes to 'romance')". Such kind of mediocrity continues throughout the film and the writers seem to be smirking after such lines. On the whole, this film is a lethargic attempt from the makers taking audience for granted.
- Naresh Kota