Movie: F2 – Fun and Frustration
Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations
Cast: Venkatesh, Varun Tej, Tamanna, Mehreen, Prakash Raj, Jhansi, Priyadarshi, Subbaraju, Nasser and others
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Sameer Reddy
Art: A S Prakash
Producers: Shirish, Lakshman
Written and direction: Anil Ravipudi
Release date: Jan 12, 2019
The trailer of 'F2' is a huge hit. Director Anil Ravipudi has proved his mettle with his three movies 'Supreme', 'Raja The Great' and 'Pataas'.
And the combination of Venkatesh and Varun Tej is major attraction. “F2” has everything in it to look forward to.
Let’s find out whether it is worth all the wait.
Venky (Venkatesh) marries Haarika (Tamannah). They lead “fun” life for six months but later petty issues between them make Venky get frustrated.
Haarika’s sister Honey (Mehreen) falls in love with Borabanda Varun Yadav (Varun Tej) and their wedding is fixed. But his life changes after his marriage date is fixed.
The frustrated Venky and Varun head to Europe leaving the sisters in frustration.
Rest of the drama is how the sisters teach them a lesson.
Venkatesh’s comic timing is the main asset of the movie. He leads the film from the front. Whenever he is on screen, you get entertained. Entire first half, he dominates with his terrific comedy.
Varun Tej as Borabanda has managed a bit but his is mostly supporting role to Venky.
Tamannah and Mehreen have provided lot of glamour, they have done massy numbers and also have showed off their bikini bodies.
Prakash Raj as a guy who is inspired by ‘Gundamma Katha’ in the second half is okay. Priyadarshi and Rajendra Prasad also get lengthy roles. Jhansi as Varun’s mother is good.
Although Devi Sri Prasad has disappointed with ‘Vinaya Vidheya Rama’, he has surprisingly given better music for “F2”, his numbers are catchy and have helped the movie’s fun mood.
Cinematography by Sameer Reddy is pleasant. Editing is neat though the pace dips in the second half.
Venkatesh’s comedy timing
Fun first half
Glamour of heroines
Dull moments in second half
Director Anil Ravipudi is one director who gives more importance to comedy than the plot. The stories of his movies are not unique but he tells them entertainingly. In “F2”, he has a big ace – Venkatesh, whose comic timing is legendary (who would forget his ‘Nuvvu Naku Nachavu’?).
Banking on Venkatesh, he has narrated this simple movie about a frustrated husband and a would-be husband. The director has created lot of fun out of their frustration.
He begins the movie in a police cell in Europe and introduces the life of Venkatesh. The story of Venkatesh commences on a hilarious note. He gets married to Tamannah and how frustration appears in his life is told in a comic manner.
The scenes are not new but Anil Ravipudi must have written all of them keeping Venky in mind. Even when the scenes don’t involve Venkatesh, they have provided lot of fun.
Actors like Jhansi, Pragathi and Raghu Babu have given their best output to change the simple scenes into hilarious ones. Every character makes us laugh. Though Varun Tej’s introduction is plain, he gets the act right after few scenes.
Till the interval, there is nonstop fun. One of the funniest scene in the first half is Venkatesh narrating his married life to a dog and the dog’s expresses empathy.
Director Anil Ravipudi is in great form in the entire first half. Even post-interval, he continues the fun factor and also throws some mass elements like showing the heroines in bikini and other act. However, the Prakash Raj’s episode in Europe is not that funny.
While the first half was lot of fun, less frustration, the reverse happens in Prakash Raj’s episode. Still, the film never misses entertainment and ends in funny manner with Venky giving a fun advice to all the husbands to listen to their wives.
Anil Ravipudi has this knack for carrying one catchphrase in the entire movie at regular intervals to generate laughs. Here he has used “Anthega Anthega” at right places.
Does this film have novel storyline? No. Does this provide paisa vasool fun? Yes. Is it worth a watch for this festival? Anthega Anthega!
Despite its formulaic narration and predictable second half, the movie makes an entertaining watch.
Bottom-line: More Fun, Less Frustration