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This 'Veedhi' Leads Nowhere Interesting
APK | August 5, 2006
Rating: **1/2 (***** Very Good, **** Good, *** Fair, ** Average, * Bad)
Cast: Sharwanand, Gopika, Nataraj, Santosh, Aryan, Brahmanandam, MS Narayana, Vinay Verma and Others.
Art: AS Prakash.
Cinematography: Bharani K. Dharan.
Editing: Baswa Paidireddy.
Music: Anoop Rubens.
Direction: V. Dorairaj.
Producer: Ramoji Rao.
Banner: Ushakiron Movies.
Release Date: 4th August, 2006.
Small-budget, no-stars movies can make it big, but they need the strong foundation of a good story, excellent screenplay and convincing performances. If a movie is good in those aspects, the public will accept it sans stars. In Veedhi we have a veteran producer and banner, actors known to have given good performances (Sharwanand, Gopika) and an attempt at good music-but the story belongs to stone-age, the script is corny and the roles are not really well-written. So where does Veedhi stand? Not in our Veedhi, definitely.
Plot Sivanna (Vinay Verma) is a hardcore smuggler-murderer and lives in a street where he has a network of people who work for him. Other than them, no one knows who he is-when they discover his real identity (he is in disguise all the time), then they are killed. He kills a police officer and his son Surya (Sharwanand) lives off creating havoc in their apartments and taking commissions for not doing further damage, along with a rival group of jobless youngsters. Mahalaxmi (Gopika) lands up in their apartment one day to stay with an aunt and pays him and the other boys to work for her. An investigative journalist working for a news channel called CNM, her mission is to find the criminal Sivanna, who no one has succeeded in nabbing. Surya and the other three boys land up in different disguises in Sivanna's street and how they nab him forms the rest of the plot, with a little twist in the climax.
Story, screenplay and direction The story is okay, but there are some corny elements in it-like Mahalaxmi's story is that she was playing hide-n-seek on Krishnastami festival and went and hid (hold your breath!) in a train which took off to Delhi. Similarly, Surya and his love for a childhood sweetheart Aparna is a track which never takes off. The parts where Surya and the other three boys work against the people in the apartment to earn commissions is actually interesting, and the use of their skills in the climax fight sequence is good. The comic scenes involving Brahmanandam and MS Narayana are pretty dim to say the least. The editing is slick, a little straining to the eyes but carries on the narration well.
Performances Sharwanand does justice to his role, but is wasted in the movie. Gopika has the ball in her court with a lengthy role for a female lead, but does not hit a six with it. The three boys (Nataraj, Aryan and Santosh) are good, so is MS Narayana. Vinay Verma as Sivanna is good, but the lip-syncing to his dubbed dialogues does not really match.
Music and the moves Nothing to write home about. The music by Anoop Rubens is fine, and the picturizations are okay too. Not bad, nothing great.
And the verdict is.. Not another Chitram or Nuvve Kavali, obviously. Without all the corny moments, it could have been better, but then, how would they have managed the twist in the end? Average-this 'veedhi' doesn't lead anywhere, unfortunately.