Venky Mama review: Interesting but cliched
Venky Mama is a decent watch
Critic's Rating: 2.75/5
Friday 13 December 2019
Venkatesh, Naga Chaitanya, Payal Rajput, Raashi Khanna, Nasser, Geetha, Rao Ramesh, CVL, Chammak Chandra, Hyper Aadhi, Prakash Raj, Aditya Menon, Narra Srinu
The uncle-nephew duo forms a strong bond over time. At the age of 24, Karthik decides to leave everything behind and runs away from home, leaving everyone troubles.
Three years later, Venkat Ratnam Naidu goes to Kashmir searching his nephew in the military area. What happens then form the crux of the story.
In Venky Mama, real life uncle-nephew, Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya, share screen space for the first time. Both shine in comedy and emotional sequences.
Although the story is old fashioned and cliched with shades of Mahesh Babu's Murari, director Bobby has used back and forth narration to hold the interest. The movie begins with Venkatesh appearing at a military base in Kashmir in search of his missing nephew and the entire story is told in a series of flashback episodes.
The first half of the movie makes a fun watch as Venky and Chaitanya have brought josh to the screen with their entertainment and their chemistry. Moreover, the story is completely driven by Venkatesh. With Venkatesh showcasing his typical tricks and funny side, the movie makes a good watch in the first half. But like in the case of many recent releases, the director ran out of ideas post the interval. His forced setup of 30-minute lengthy army sequences towards the end has not worked at all. Moreover, this portion has killed the fun mood. The reason given for Chaitanya leaving his hometown is also not convincing.
Coming to the actors, the film completely Venkatesh's show. Venky is in great form these days. After F2, he has again showcased his funny acting well. Chaitanya as Venkatesh's menalludu is neat. He not much character in the film but he has done justice to it. Hyper Adhi's comedy has worked. Of the two heroines, it is Payal Rajput who gets a better role and she's good as Venky's pair. Raashi Khanna had done the typical girlfriend's role.
Among the technicians, Thaman's musical score and Prasad Murella's cinematography need to be mentioned. As a writer and director, Bobby has resorted to the safe game of telling in a time-tested way.
As long as Venky Mama focuses on Venkatesh and Chaitanya's bonding and fun portions, it makes a decent watch. But the final portions and rest of the clichéd scenes don't work.