Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam review: A cliched rom-com, family entertainer

A family drama with a mainstream story



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 26 May 2017

Movie Title

Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam review: A cliched rom-com, family entertainer


Kalyan Krishna

Star Cast

Naga Chaitanya, Rakul Preet Singh, Jagapathi Babu, Sampath, Vennela Kishore, Kausalya

Siva (Chaitanya) falls in love instantly when he sees Brahmaramba (Rakul) at a wedding. She teases him but she says she doesn't like his advances. Siva moves to Vizag city and she goes to her village.

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After few days, Siva gets a call from her saying she has joined a college in Vizag. She starts befriending him to forget loneliness in the city. For him it is love but for her only friendship. By the time she realizes that she is in love with him, she is already engaged to another person and her father Aditya (Sampath) comes to know that Siva is actually the son of his friend turned foe Krishna (Jagapathi Babu). What happens then? Why did their fathers turn foes?

After debuting with a film with a re-birth concept (Soggade Chinni Nayana), director Kalyan Krishna has attempted the genre of romantic drama that is a family entertainer. The director has chosen an oft-repeated theme but he has tried to give his own twist and touch to it.

The first half of Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam goes in a formulaic way. But the real conflict and the romantic scenes between Chaitanya and Rakul are good post-interval. Rakul has played a role of a girl who is innocent at the same time has a fierce attitude. As Naga Chaitanya says she is a mix of many characteristics like penkitanam, monditanam, amayakatvam, etc.

Kalyan Krishna has given more thrust to her character and drove the story based on Brahmaramba. She likes him, she chats with him daily and goes for a walk and takes all help from him but still wants to get married to her parents' choice. In the beginning, the hero accepts her whims but he gets frustrated after a point. The real "matter" in the movie lies in this thread. Rest of the drama is quite cliched.

While director Kalyan Krishna has narrated the movie well post-interval, the screenplay in the first half is not at all impressive. It is stretched beyond a point. Though the movie has a short runtime, it makes us feel lengthy due to a lot of silly comedy. First half lacks coherence. It comes in the groove towards penultimate sequences.

Naga Chaitanya has not done such a hyperactive role before this movie and he has pulled it off quite well. Naga Chaitanya has come up with the best act in 'break-up episode'. But the real scene stealer is Rakul Preet Singh. As Brahmaramba, an innocent girl coming from the rural background, she has got an author-backed role. This is the first time that she has played such role where she has to perform rather than being a glam doll. Rakul is notable in this character though sometimes she has gone overboard. Jagapathi Babu as Chaitanya's father and Sampath as Rakul's father have got roles with substance. The movie has scores of actors and comedians but only a few like Vennela Kishore make an impression. Kausalya and Annapurna also make their presence felt.

Music director Devi Sri Prasad has not given any outstanding work but two songs - Takitajam and Rarandoi stand out. Vishweswara Rao's camera work is impressive. Editing is decent. Artwork is mediocrep> The screenplay by Satyanand is formulaic but the dialogues and direction by Kalyan Krishna are good. The director has handled emotional scenes well. The sequences between Jagapathi Babu and Chaitanya, scenes between Kousalya and Rakul make an impression. The other best scene is the break-up episode.

Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam is a decent family drama with a mainstream story. Though the story and screenplay are quite clichéd, the director has made the final moments interesting.

Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam review: 3 Stars

Also read: Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam: 5 reasons you shouldn't miss it | Revisiting Samantha and Naga Chaitanya's love story | Chai in Rarandoi Veduka Chuddham | Why we love Naga Chaitanya

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