Behind the Movie Vykuntapali: Except the interesting title, there is nothing to pull the audience to theatres. With a star cast of Ajay, Krishnudu and Randhir, this flick arrived today in the direction of debutant Anil Gopi Reddy. Let us see, whether watching this movie is like climbing a ladder or felling into the mouth of a snake?
In the Movie Vykuntapali: Chandu (Krishnudu), Michael (Randhir) and Kranti (Krishnudu) are close friends with unlike attitudes. They have different goals to reach and dissimilar philosophies to achieve them. Chandu is a down to earth guy whose ambition is just to settle down in life and take care of his sick mother. Kranti wants to become a journalist and desires to cleanse the society from all social evils. Finally Michael is a selfish guy, cheater searching for shortcuts to success. They get separated in search of their goals and catches up after six years in similar situations.
Chandu almost reached the dream but urgently requires Rs.6 Lakhs for a surgery of his mother. Michael too needs Rs.6 Lakhs to fly Singapore while Kranti is on a killing spree clearing the anti social elements in society taking revenge against those who assassinated his ideal master Pruthvi (Rajeev Kanakala). He even had a love interest in Snigdha (Tashu Kaushik).
To resolve their financial crisis, Chandu and Michael plan a bank robbery, complete it successfully. But this does not end their problem and indeed starts a new one which kills both of them. Then there is one strict police officer (Harshavardhan) on duty to solve the robbery case. Who killed both Chandu and Michael? How did money and time play a game with them, are core elements in the film.
Values and Out of the film Vykuntapali: Necessity is the mother force that drives mankind and money is the only matter that could fulfill these necessities. This money makes a man to do many things. Even friendship doesn’t find any value before money in many cases. Everyone’s life is the same. This is core message which story, script writer and director Anil Gopi Reddy might have tried to offer.
In difference what we get is a boring TV serial kind of narration that makes you peel the hair from head. No where in entire movie Anil was successful in offering his preaching. He simply cooked a dumb film that makes audience run away from theatres. No emotions, no perfect execution or for that matter a confused plot made ‘Vykuntapali’ more of snakes but no ladders for audience to feel relaxed.
Dialogues by Niwas were filled with intellectual value that can’t be understood by common audience like us. Cinematography by Jawahar Reddy was a good work while editing by Marthand K Venkatesh is slow, sluggish and confusing. Music by director Anil Gopi Reddy is again a disappointment. Production values are okay.
Performance wise Michael was better with his careless mannerisms while Krishnudu, Ajay are mere disappointment. Tashu Kaushik has done a meaty role. Rajeev Kanalaka was at his routine best while Satya Krishnan is horrible with out make up. Among others Posani Krishna Murali, Subba Raju, Tanikella Bharani and Harshavardhan were brief.
There is no scope for these kinds of movies to propel for a commercial success. Even publicity cost may not be recovered. Concept wise although we find few shades of Krish ‘Vedam’ in this ‘Vykuntapali,’ yet there is no match between the two. All in all, this film is a big dud which can’t be advised for normal audience. Suggestion is that directors like Anil Gopi Reddy should work more on execution but not conceptualization.
Cinejosh verdict of the Movie Vykuntapali: Stay Away from this deadly Snake Bite!
Reviewed by Srivaas