Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Review & Rating
Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Review: An Entertainer To Enhance Your Festive Mood
Trivikram Srinivas has a set template these days. As he had said in one of his recent interviews with a noted daily, he is besmitten by family dynamics and it has long since become his pet subject. Aravinda Sametha is the only exception. We have the same wealthiest family. Someone who wants a piece of the pie of their wealth. A protector who must raise from the inside or come from an unknown direction. And finally save the day.
This directorial phase has come up with a substantial improvement in women characters in his films. Especially the heroines whose brain quantity is slowly improving in terms of number of grams. This has led to the ultimate tribute in the form of the popular dialogue from the trailer. But the problem with films in a set template is the lack of wriggling room for creativity. No. It doesn't mean we don't have to follow cinematic screenplay structure. But in terms of narrative choices.
Allu Arjun is one of the rare few Tollywood heroes of this generation with higher success ratio. Outright flops are very rare for him. Unfortunately, his last outing was one such. And it led to a huge break. It was about 20 months since his previous release.
Known for his style quotient and easy attitude, and heavily entertaining films, he has taken the route of family entertainers to get back into form. Even before the film hit the theatres, the anticipation for the success of this film is quite high. Let's see of this film ticks all the right boxes or not with Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo review.
We know the story
Yes. There is that wealthy family residing in Vaikunthapuram (no I can't use that English spelling from the film's title). The film starts with Valmiki exchanging his newborn baby with his employer's. The film then take a parallel narration of the life and ways of this guy who is born rich but is leading a middle-class life and that of his original rich parents.
The problems faced by the wealthy parents are known to all of us courtesy director Srinivas' previous films and by the interval our hero realises things about his birth and sets his foot in Vaikunthapuram household. We also know what happens next.
So, what differentiates this film and why should we watch it? Two things. This is a festival season. The biggest of them all. And this film offers light hearted entertainment in ample doses. When the other big releases of the season are mass affairs, this plays well for the class audience and the families. And of course there's scope for Allu Arjun style mass mannerisms.
Is this enough? That's a different question. But the thing to be noted here is, most of the time the proceedings on the screen are engaging. There is not a dull moment in the entirety of the runtime. Writer Trivikram is restrained in doling out his punches and similar style comedy. Most of the humor in this film is situational. He also used setpiece comedy like in the boardroom scene.
The screenplay follows the same beats we have come to expect of Trivikram Srinivas films. He also depended a lot on the charisma of his lead actor. That is... Allu Arjun. Also helped his cause are well known and top most acting talents in the current generation. The styling of the actors is also used to create a relatable feeling barely avoiding deja vu.
Take for example, an ultra stylish Tabu may remind us of Nadhiya from Atharintiki Daaredi. But Tabu being Tabu she lifted the character just with her screen presence. Same is the case with Jayaram (Mollywood actor). The dialogues are as usual very good and there are several memorable ones. The action sequences are well conceived. But the director Srinivas despite ultra stylish imagery failed to exert his own mark on the proceedings. With this Trivikram script work, any director can make this film as much entertaining as it is now.
Coming to Allu Arjun, he has a field day in a tailor made role. After two back to back hits with Trivikram Srinivas Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is a familiar ground. Right from his sedate intro, he hits the ball out of the park. His performance in this film can be compared to Virat Kohli's T20 batting. He's Uber cool in stylish avatars. And equally comfortable and convincing as a middle class guy. The dances are excellent as usual. His laid-back dialogue delivery added to the charm of the character (by the way, his name is Bantu in this film). There are a few surprises in the film for other hero fans and Allu Arjun did well.
Pooja Hegde has done just enough of what was required of her. She's gorgeous as required. And danced gracefully. And tried to give good expressions as and when necessary. But it is Murli Sharma who steals the show, sometimes even from Allu Arjun, with his different style of performance. His character has the vibes of Tuco from The Good The Bad The Ugly. There's the Bad too. Acclaimed Tamil actor/director Samuthirakani. Remember Posani and Kota from Atharintiki Daaredi? Okay! You got it.
Tabu is an accomplished actress and she did well. Indeed rather than the characterisation, it is her acting skills that shine bright. Jayaram is good as the father - Ramachandra. Sushant is neat in his role. And Nivetha Pethuraj is good as his love interest. Nata Kireeti Rajendra Prasad has done a limited role. And he's his usual self. Good that Trivikram is giving him roles. He's one actor who turns in memorable performances even with insipid roles. Rahul Ramakrishna as Allu Arjun's friend is good. So is Navadeep. Rest of the actors did what was required of them.
Music and all
The music of the film is a chartbuster and reminds us of the good old days of the early 2000s when every other music album has at least a couple of really huge chartbusters. Unfortunately the best of them all got the poorest on screen execution which is typical of director Srinivas (Samajavaragana). The background score is terrific. Thaman has used sorcery for this film it seems. The cinematography is classy and the visuals are oozing class. P. S. Vinod did a fine job of conjuring up a festive mood with his cinematography.
The editing is sharp with not a single dull moment. The art department has come up with first rate work. The locations, the set work, and the props worked in coherence with the narration. The production values are uncompromisingly rich.
Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is an out and out entertainer aimed at the audience who are in a festive mood. So, cinematic merits shouldn't be considered. Taking it as is for the entertainment value and the promise of the team Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo to deliver a classy film with a ton of entertainment, this is a blockbuster film with repeat value. Just keep your expectations and cinematic knowledge at home. And enjoy the fun. That's all.
• Allu Arjun show
• Superb music
• Entertainment quotient
• Classy cinematography
• Trivikram’s routine template
Khelo Rating: 3.25 out of 5
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block buster movie
Good family entertainer, don't believe anybody go and watch with ur family
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