By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Thursday 16 December 2004
Swarna Subba Rao
Bala Krishna, Laya, Ankita, Sangeeta, Mukesh Rushi, Asish Vidyardhi,
Balakrishna?s comeback vehicle Vijayendra Varma follows the formulaic superstar films of 70?s and 80?s of a superhero who vanquishes evil single-handedly, mouths bombastic dialogues and is full of patriotic fervour.
The film is so machine tooled, ghastly packaged and bereft of a soul that it might as well be punched out of a computer. The stunt sequences and graphics make Balayya out to be some kind of comic superhero as most of the fights takes place in mid-air as he flies and bashes up the baddies. The songs sequences come are abrupt and the hero tries to do Russian ballad artist movement!
The plot is pure balderdash and borrows bit and shards from Bourne Identity and the second half from an old Kamal Hassan film of the 80?s Vetrivizha. The story opens with Balayya and Laya with their daughter living happily among some tribals. He has super human strength but cannot remember his past and his wife tells him that he was discovered on a river bed with bullet injuries. From the shirt he was wearing, they find out the name of the tailoring shop which is in Hyderabad. So he goes there to find out- who is he?
In Hyderabad he meets various people like an Islamic militant who is to be hanged and slowly the jigsaw puzzle is put back- He is Vijayendra Varma, a brave army officer who took on Pakitani ISI trained terrorists. The rest of the film is how he settles scores with terrorist and rescues his wife and daughter and some jihadis from Pakistan!
The climax inside a Pakistani training camp is ridiculous and the much talked about patriotic song sequence in various get-up?s or avataar?s as Bhagat Singh and Sardar Paparayudu, Alluri Seetarama Raju and Subhash Chandra Bose is not effective. There is a lot of Paki-bashing and the story is illogical and loony.
Balayya looks good, dances well and fights adequately. He is limited by a strictly clich?d role. Ankita makes an appearance in the second half and is impressive though Laya has nothing much to do. Sangeeta?s cameo role is good and the song ?Misamma?? is the highlight of the film. On the whole Vijayendra Varma has an outdated look and is an endurance test to sit through.
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