World Famous Lover Review
|Main Cast:||:||Vijay deverakonda, Raashi Khanna, Aishwarya Rajesh, Catherine Tresa, Izabelle Leite,|
|Producer:||:||K. A. Vallabha, K. S. Rama Rao (Presenter),|
Films like 'Arjun Reddy' and 'Geetha Govindam' made Vijay Devarakonda a new generation star in Tollywood. Vijay's last film 'Dear Comrade' released amidst great buzz but the movie turned out to be a disappointment. Now, he came up with 'World Famous Lover' appearing in four different shades with four heroines. Unlike his earlier films, WFL was not carrying great buzz before the release. WFL director Kranthi Madhav is known as a sensible filmmaker who made films like 'Onamalu' and 'Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju'. But his last outing 'Ungarala Rambabu' was a huge disappointment. Kranthi Madhav-Vijay Deverakonda combo is not that crazy due to various reasons. Moreover, the promos have attracted comparisons to 'Arjun Reddy'. The audio didn't turn out to be a chartbuster album. There are other speculations regarding the storyline as well. So far the only biggest selling point of WFL is Vijay Deverakonda. Could Kranthi Madhav- Vijay Deverakonda throw a surprise to the audience with good content? Let us find out.
Gautam(Vijay) is a writer sitting idle for one and a half years at home, living on his wife Yamini(Raashi Khanna). Fed up with his attitude, she wants to break away from him. The rest of the story follows Gautam writing different stories of Seenayya - Suvarna couple and Srinu-Iza love story. While Seenayya - Suvarna episode is shot at Illandu, Srinu - Iza episode was picturized in beautiful locales of Paris. Catherine Tresa played the role of Smitha who is part of Illandu episode. Gautam-Yamni college episode also covered in the flashback. How Gautam comes out of his struggles to give a logical conclusion forms the rest of the story.
Vijay is known for his intense performances and he has done it again with WFL. The ease with which he gets into the skin of the character never ceases to amaze the audience. Though he played three different shades, he has breathed life into those characters and made them look real on the screen. Raashi Khanna too impressed with her good performance as Yamini. Aishwarya Rajesh excelled in her village belle role as Suvarna.
Kranthi Madhav tried to present the story of a writer Gautam who struggles in his personal life. Vijay-Aishwarya Rajesh episode is etched well. It is very engaging but slightly lengthier than required. Kranthi Madhav maintained the feel in the first half, but could not do the same in the second half. The climax also appears to be cinematic.
TEAMWORK: Music director Gopi Sunder has done a decent job with his background score but the songs are pretty average. Jaya Krishna Gummadi's cinematography grabs the attention as he beautifully presented different stories. The production values are rich.
Performances of Vijay, Raashi and Aishwarya Rajesh
Lack of entertainment
Unengaging second half
It is certainly a different attempt to come up with such a complex story to impress the audience. Seenayya-Suvarna episode is the major highlight of the film. Vijay-Aishwarya couple takes the audience straight to rural backdrop. The Gautam-Yamini thread could have been etched better and the second half should have been made crispier to appeal a larger section of the audience. One will get a feeling that he is watching two films by the interval time. The movie loses grip in the mid-second half and is unengaging due to no conflict point like in Seenayya- Suvarna story in the first half. Due to these weaknesses, the movie works in parts. It has heart touching emotions here and there with some great performances. Poor audio is another set back.
Yes, the team had hit the ball hard to make a sixer. But it looks like a catch at the boundary line. Let us wait for the third umpire (audience) decision.
BOTTOMLINE: World Famous FLOWER