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'Vennela 1.5' Review: Amavasya

Film: Vennela 1.5
Rating: 0.75/5
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Cast: Chaitanya Krishna, Monal Gajjar, Vennela Kishore, Brahmanandam, Raghubabu, Harish, Tagubothu Ramesh etc
Music: Sunil Kashyap
Camera: Suresh
Producers: Vasu, Varma
Story, Direction: Vennela Kishore
Released on: Sep 21, 2012
 
Vennala Kishore, the upcoming comedian emerged as director with this film. He called it is sequel to Deva Katta's 'Vennela' but holds no connection with that other than finding some artistes in common. Let us see how it worked.
 
Story:
Krishna Krishna (Chaitanya Krishna) loves Vennela (Monal Gajjar) who was already engaged to a software engineer (Sravan).
 
Not knowing the reason, she too falls in the love of Krishna Krishna.
 
But she discovers that she got betrayed by him and moves to a far away place. Krishna Krishna and his friends go in search of her. What happens from there, leads to climax.
 
Performances:
Chaitanya Krishna is a good dancer but he was not fully exploited. There are no complaints from him and did what he is supposed to do.
 
Monal Gajjar is photogenic and looks good in some frames. On a whole, she wasn't used for glamor side. She needs to groom a lot with respect to expressions.
 
Vennela Kishore's part is impressive on screen and Tagubothu Ramesh added fuel to humor. Harish is reasonably hilarious in many places, but proved ‘over’ in some parts. Brahmanandam got wasted. Raghu Babu's comedy is very artificial and forcible. Master Bharat is pitiful.
 
Though there is no logic, as said by the director on poster as 'love+laugh" square minus logic, entertainment lacked a lot especially in second half.
 
Highlights:

  • Some comedy parts

Drawbacks:

  • Lags
  • Boring tracks

Analysis:
Tagubothu Ramesh, just before the interval says 'What is this film? Audience walks out for sure". To this Kishore says, "No, second half will be lolli lolli with many comedians".
 
That raises expectations. But that ended up in chaos. Many feel first half is better than second at the end. Suddenly, the melodrama with Vennela's father character didn't gel with the genre of the film. Even the climax part was not grippingly entertaining.
 
Kishore made this film with an idea to bring out a narration that is out of the imagination for Telugu audience. The influence of many comedy films made in last 30 years in Hollywood was seen on this.

The screenplay is incompetent, we have to strain our brain to understand what's happening in the movie.
 
Making an out and out comedy entertainer needs lot of dynamics to keen audience engaged. Even the disconnect of 10 minutes mars the prospects of the film. It is needless to say that entertaining narration is a must though there is no logic.
 
No one knows why the film was titled ‘Vennela 1.5’. Is that to target the rating of 1.5? But it could score only half of it.

Bottomline: Erratic Comedy

(Venkat can be reached at venkat@greatandhra.com or https://twitter.com/greatandhranews)

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