Veera Bhoga Vasantha Rayalu Review: An interesting first half followed by a confusing twist
Veera Bhoga Vasantha Rayalu begins on a good note but loses its focus halfway through the movie
By: J Gudelli/Telugucinema.com
Critic's Rating: 2/5
Friday 26 October 2018
Veera Bhoga Vasanatha Rayalu
Nara Rohit, Sudheer Babu, Sree Vishnu, Shriya Saran
A boy comes to a police station to lodge a complaint that his house was missing when he reached the location. The house with his parents go missing. How can a house vanish in thin air? S.I (Sudheer Babu) commences the investigation. Around the same time, it is reported that a plane that left from Colombo is missing or hijacked. Two officers (Nara Rohit and Shriya) start investigating the case and soon come in contact with the hijacker (Sree Vishnu). How are these two incidents related? Who is Veera Bhoga Vasantha Rayalu?
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According Pothuluri Veerabramam's (a Nostradamus on Telugu land) prophesy, he will be born as king Veera Bhoga Vasantha Rayalu in future to save the world. A guy named Nikhil takes his name and starts killing all the people who have committed ghastly crimes like abducting children, abusing kids sexually and indulging in acid attacks. He wants to make the society free of evil. Is this a vigilante flick like Shankar's Aparachitudu? To some extent, yes!
In Shankar's film, the protagonist suffers from 'multiple personality disorder' though he's a vigilante. Here we have a totally different twist for the character - 'Veera Bhoga Vasantha Royalu' that appears in the final scenes.
The film written and directed by newcomer Indrasena R begins in an interesting manner. It glues to the screens as three missing episodes (a plane, a house and a kid from orphanage) are established. The director maintains the interest with these three different threads in the first half, though the plane-hijack episodes are poorly executed. Especially, Sudheer Babu's case and Shashank's thread are engaging. The shootout at interval bang is also good. By and large, the first half is quite engaging.
By interval, the audiences know about 'Veera Bhoga Vasantha Rayalu' (played by Sree Vishnu with a different getup). Even after the interval, we get to see Shriya and Nara Rohit dealing with Sree Vishnu regarding the release of the hostages. These extended scenes are tiresome as the film is clearly not about the hijack. The central point is something else. The director withholds the real twist to make us invest in the second half. When it was unravelled, we were confused and disappointed. The twist is so forcible and also unconvincing (we cannot discuss it further).
The film begins on a promising note but ends in a clutter.
It also has shoddy production values. In the first half many scenes are nothing but the footage that is available Youtube (Visuals of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that had gone missing are taken).
And the investigation proceedings verge on being silly. The team that works for Nara Rohit look like they are working for a start-up software company in Ameerpet. Clearly, the director has only acquired knowledge of Hollywood movies than the real knowhow of the functioning of Indian IB system.
Coming to performances, Sudheer Babu gets the meatier role. Though he has not dubbed the voice, his role and performance is good. Nara Rohit has poor characterisation. Shriya as IB officer suits well. In the title role, Sree Vishnu has gone for a complete makeover - beefed body, tattoos, etc. He gives his best. Shashank in a brief role is impressive. Sreenivasa Reddy comedy is okay. Ravi Prakash makes his presence felt.
The film's technical and production values are below par. None of the technicians have made any impact. Writer - director Indrasena shows that he has ideas but he falters on narration.
Veera Bhoga Vasantha Royalu begins on a promising and interesting note but soon becomes a pretentious attempt. The climax is confusing and vague. The final portions undo all the interest it has generated in the first half.
Veera Bhoga Vasantha Royalu review: 2 stars