Behind the Movie Vastaadu Naa Raju: Manchu Vishnuvardhan urgently needs a hit to re-establish career while Tapsee is to prove that she is not a one movie wonder. With both of them in lead, debutant Hemant Madhukar handled the movie which is released today. Let us see, how far did it succeed in reaching the expectations?
In the Movie Vastaadu Naa Raju: Narasimha (Prakashraj) is the local goon and the right hand to Home Minister Aadikeshavulu (Sayaji Shinde). Narasimha has a dream to become MLA and enter Assembly. In the mean time Aadikeshavulu’s son Ajay (Ajay) is clean bowled by the beauty of Pooja (Tapsee), sister of Narasimha. Soon both the families catch up and decide for the marriage and Aadi promises Narasimha to offer MLA seat in coming elections.
On the other side Venkatappayya Naidu or Venky (Manchu Vishnu) is an aspiring kick boxer and a go lucky dude. In some unfortunate situations, Narasimha mistakes that Venky and Pooja are in love though both of them are real strangers who never met. Worried about loosing the MLA seat, Narasimha disturbs the marriage of Venky’s sister and attempts to kill Venky.
As revenge Venky kidnaps Pooja to settle the scores and hides her in the house of Home Minister’s PA Rajesh (Brahmanandam), who is luckily the love interest of Home Minister’s wife Anjali (Surekha Vani). How Pooja and Venky fall in love during this kidnap? Did Narasimha agree for their love? What happened to Home Minister Aadikeshavulu and Ajay? form rest of the story.
Values of the Movie Vastaadu Naa Raju: Despite story having a different element of love, script was weaved loose and the direction of Hemant Madhukar had the weak spine. Although started the movie on an interesting note, Hemant lost the grip gradually dishing out a weak entertainer with limited strong points. Dialogues were quite routine while cinematography by Gopal Reddy was a better show in songs. Gowtham Raju’s editing was imperfect in second half. Music by Mani Sharma was again conventional for songs and back ground. Production values of 24 Frames Factory were just average.
Performance wise Manchu Vishnu tried the character with a care free body language which was in fact good in first few minutes of movie. Later on when dosage of dialogues was increased his weak diction turned negative. In second half, his performance was more controlled New dance movements were tried and stunts wise he was impressive yet Vishnu has more scope to improve. Heroine Tapsee’s character is not the regular bubbly one. Despite wonderful expressions in many sentimental and love scenes, Tapsee got over cautious about lip movement. She scored good marks both glamour and performance wise. Prakashraj and Brahmi had nothing different to prove while Sayaji Shinde, Surekhavani, Ajay, Tulasi, Tanikella, Shiva Reddy, Benarjee and others were just okay.
Out of the Movie Vastaadu Naa Raju: Downhearted by the failure of Saleem, hero Vishnu has taken enough precautions in offering major focus on entertainment and story and it was debutant Hemant Madhukar’s immature treatment that left half of the movie run pale. The anxiety factor in audience never existed as entire movie ran on known lines. Though story has sufficient matter to dish out an average regular mass flick, Hemant failed to utilize it properly but good point is that he maintained the even pace in story narration.
Vishnu urgently needs to put on some weight and get his body little stiff rather than looking tired. Tapsee will be rated not only as a glam doll because she had good basics even in acting. First half of the movie had some interesting comedy bits but songs are wrongly placed. Second half is a better show till Tapsee goes back to Prakashraj. Later on the painful scenes start again leading to a regular climax.
BO wise, Vastaadu Naa Raju may not serve a big break that Vishnu is waiting for but surely a better show than disastrous Saleem.
Cinejosh Verdict of the Movie Vastaadu Naa Raju: Just an average flick and try it only if you have ample time.
Reviewed by Srivaas