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'Veera' Review: Outdated Action -Weak Comedy

Rating: 2/5
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Sanvi Productions
Cast: Ravi Teja, Kajal, Taapsee, Shyam, Roja, Nasser, Brahmanandam, Ali, Venu Madhav, Divya Vani, Krishnudu
Music: S S Thaman
Cinematography: Chota K Naidu
Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers
Story, screenplay, direction: Ramesh Varma
Producer: Ganesh Indukuri
Release date: 20/05/2011
 
Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja is back after his successful ‘Mirapakaya’ and this time, he has teamed up with Ramesh Varma of ‘Ride’ fame. Let us see how this is
 
Story:
ACP Shyamsunder (Shyam) is a tough and honest cop who gets into a tussle with the local don (Rahul Dev).

The don threatens Shyam’s family and the police department arranges for the family’s security. In comes Veera (Ravi Teja) as the protector and he mixes with the family but Shyam’s wife (Sridevi) doesn’t like him.

Meanwhile, there is Aikey (Taapsee) who falls for Veera and tries to woo him with Tiger (Brahmi) trying to cause trouble. The story takes a turn when Shyam discovers that Veera is not the real security officer. Who is Veera? Why does he come to help Shyam and his family? What happens to Aikey’s love story? All this forms the rest of the story.
 
Performances: 
Ravi Teja has given an energetic and intense performance. He has done justice in all scenes and infused life into his character.

Kajal Agarwal looks alright. Unlike her previous films which give her a sensuous and classy look, she looks rather rustic in this one. She has increased the glamour dose.

Taapsee is a visual feast as usual and scores with her oomph factor. She must try and control her facial expressions as she ends up overdoing at times.

Shyam looks handsome and though his role is limited, he made his presence felt. He fits the bill like a cop and his body language is assertive.

Sridevi looks naturally sweet but she was unable to give contained expressions during emotional scenes, it looked superficial.

Pradeep Rawath was loud, Divya Vani was irritating, Brahmi’s comedy was childish, Venu Madhav was okay, Roja came and went, Nasser was natural. The others did their bit as required.
 
Highlights:

  • Cinematography
  • Glamour quotient of Kajal, Taapsee
  • Chitti Chitti song choreography
  • Chinnari Chinni Navvu, a bit song

Drawbacks

  • Outdated storyline
  • Heavy overdose of weak sentiment
  • Crass comedy
  • Pale Dialogues
  • Spineless narrative
  • Dragged second half

Analysis:
A film has to make people hysterical with the narration- be it comedy or tragedy or action. Only then the audiences connect to film forgetting the surroundings. When the audiences start looking into each others’ faces to share pain with dullness, that itself proves to be a debacle.

There is always a fine line between coming up with a good script and getting it the right way on the screen. As such, the theme of the film was appealing but the director failed to get it onscreen in a convincing manner. While the emotional situations lacked strength, the serious scenes reminded of few other movies.

Technically and production wise, the standard is not compromised but content and the way it was executed plays the spoilsport. Though the pace was maintained, there was not enough grip on the script to get the audience into the film.

Calling husband with the word ‘penimiti’ sounds odd and disgusting with its old flavor. Paruchuri Brothers lost power in their pen for sure. Ravi Teja appears weak with his pale love track with Kajal. On the other hand he comes as a elderly village men and fights with antagonists. The main crux of the movie should be dealt in second half but the director over loaded the theme with number of emotions and characters. Hence he failed to make it gripping. The scenes those were kept as suspense weren’t revealed interestingly and the suspense hold itself is not gripping. The comedy scenes between Ravi Teja and Brahmanandam also fail to bring adequate laughs.

Nothing is gripping in this movie except the 5 minutes before interval. And again the bumpy journey starts till the end.

Overall, this is a film which gives a stale taste of boredom even to the masses. At the box office, chances of success are highly unlikely.
 
Bottomline: Gives boredom and tiresomeness  

(Venkat can be reached at venkat@greatandhra.com)