Vijetha review: A formulaic father-son sentiment drama
Cliched and predictable
Thursday 12 July 2018
Kalyaan Dhev, Malavika Nair, Murali Sharma, Tanikella, Nasser, Sathyam Rajesh, Pragathi, Kalyani Natarajan, Rajeev Kanakala, Jaya Prakash, Aadarsh Balakrishna, Noel Sean, Kireeti, Bhadram, Sudarshan
Ram (Kalyaan Dhev) completes his engineering. Given his low marks, he doesn’t get a job easily. His middle-class father (Murali Sharma) gives his son more than he can afford. Ram’s wayward behaviour, aimless attitude pains his father. An incident changes Ram to become responsible. He starts a start-up with a unique concept – surprise gift. How Ram makes his father proud is the rest of the drama.
The father-son sentiment dramas focusing on an aimless son and middle-class father have come dime a dozen. Vijetha too falls in the same category. It doesn’t have anything new be it a concept, the execution, or the narration. The director narrates it in typical old style with a dash of sentiment sequences in the second half.
Parents sacrifice a lot for their kids. When kids succeed in life and do something for their parents, they feel proud. The director drives home the point through this sentiment drama. Vijetha focuses more on Murali Sharma’s character than Kalyaan Dhev’s and it also ends the former.
The first half of the movie is mostly boring as it focusses on dull and dreary sequences of the hero trying to impress the heroine. The romantic thread and Malavika’s character is dull. However, some scenes in the second half have worked out well. The ‘Gift-A-Surprise’ concept is used well in the narrative in the later portions. But the sequence of kidnapping a rich guy (Adarsh Balakrishna) to make him realize family values is silly.
Kalyaan Dhev, megastar Chiranjeevi’s younger son-in-law who makes a debut here has looks but his acting skills are basic. Overall, he looks confident though. It is Murali Sharma who holds the movie with his restrained and matured performance. As said, it is more about Murali Sharma, the father, than the son. Malavika Nair is wasted. There are plenty of actors and all of them are just okay.
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Music by Harshavardhan is decent. Some songs are good. Senthil’s cinematography is neat. Writer and director Rakesh Sashii has just shown that he weaves formulaic ideas.
Vijetha, the launch pad of Megastar Chiranjeevi’s son-in-law Kalyaan Dhev, is formulaic father-son sentiment drama that is just about okay, nothing new. Cliched and predictable. An old-style movie with some family sentiments.
Vijetha review: 2.5 Stars