January 29, 2011 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Gautam is reasonably good-looking and he had proved his work in his debut film Pallakilo Pellikuturu a few years back. He was on a sabbatical and returned after building his body, honing his skills and after having been trained in various aspects necessary to be a hero. After watching this film one feels the earlier movie was far better than this. Vareva touted to be a relaunch vehicle fails to elevate his image and only gives him an opportunity to try out all the gawdy and bright costumes with matching footwear that film actors wear in group dances or duets.
Here two plots move parallelly, Ashish Vidyarthi and Jayaprakash Reddy are enemies and kill each other's kith and kin. On the other side Rishi (Gautam) falls in love with Sandhya (Sambhavi) a rich girl and the former is run down in an accident. It is presumed that Sandhya's father attempted to kill Rishi as he doesn't equal her daughter in status.
The next half of the story shows that it was Ashish Vidyarthi who was infact behind the accident, learning this Rishi attempts to bring a change in the goons sometimes through fights and sometimes through love. He brings in Raghu Babu's (Ashish Vidyarthi's man) birthday with a cake and from thereon the director has the cake and eats it too. The film appears patchy, lacks clarity, coherence and the comedy track is terribly juvenile. In umpteen films the audience got to see a comedian's wrist tied with a heap of Rakhis and assuring security, moral support to the college girls.
A spoof on NTR, Venu Madhav prolongs and drags the track, Vennela Kishore plays Rishi's side kick. In one scene one man asks Kishore, "What happens if you smoke?" Kishore replies, "First poga vosthundi, next daggosthundi, climax lo cancer vosthundi." If that brings a smirk on the audiences' face that is the only big joke in the entire story.
Child artiste Bharat plays Gautam's nephew, a school-going kid in love with his classmate. The hero is shown as encouraging school kids to fall in love, in another track the hero and his father played by Sayaji Shinde share a very friendly relationship, they booze together and discuss love together. The relationships all of them look highly superficial, there is zilch chemistry between the lead pair.
There is a an item number that has scantily clad women dance in an obscene fashion, somethings in films just don't change. Gautam must have made sure that all elements necessary to project himself as a hero is present in the film in the form of comedy, mass numbers, emotion, fights, romance, etc., but he forgot to choose the right story. In a hurry to become a mass hero, he submits himself to an inept director.
Gautam is a saving grace, with a good script, matters could have been different but as of now Vareva is a pompous title for a director who doesn't even know for which segment of the audience he'd made the film for.