Director Selvaraghavan's Varna, which is the Telugu version of his Tamil film Irandam Ulagam, is one of the most-talked about romantic fantasy film, which created lot of expectations before its release. Released in theatres on November 22, the Arya and Anushka Shetty starrer has garnered negative reviews and poor ratings from film critics, who opine that confusing story mars the beauty of Rs 67 crore effort.
Set in two different world, Varna deals with two
different love stories of same of people. Ramya (Anushka) falls in
love Madhu (Arya), who rejects her proposal. It is too late, when
he realise her love. Due to some super power, he lands in a strange
place, where he meets Mahendra (Arya) and Varna (Anushka), who are
in love. What happens next will form the rest of the story. The
narration keeps shifting between these two plots, which confuses
the viewers, thereby spoiling the viewing experience.
What many film critics feel is that Varna has fantastic
visual effects, Arya-Anushka's performances are appreciable, good
soundtracks and background score, outstanding cinematography,
amazing sword fights, but it lacks soul. The director has failed to
convince what he is trying to convey through the film. The movie
has been rated an average of 1.5 out of 5. We bring you the film
critics' verdict on Varna. Continue to read them
in the slideshow.
Oneindia - Rating: 2
Varna has everything to rock the viewers, but
the confusing story and dragging narration kills the interest of
the viewers. If you are going to watch it for entertainment, then
this is not your cup of tea.
Varna is a colorful film with great visuals.
But it lacks soul. In spite of Anushka's graceful screen presence,
on-par-with-Hollywood visual effects, never-before story,
outstanding cinematography, amazing sword fights; Varna
has ended up as another below average flick due to Selva Raghavan's
inability in handling this complicated subject. Dragging narration
and illogical episodes have ruined Varna further. If you are a fan
of Anushka's sword fights, you can wait for Rudramadevi
Bharat Student - Rating: 1.5
This is a film which has been made with a lot of
confusion and lack of clarity. At the box office, this will sink
without a trace.
Gulte - Rating: 1
How do you feel when you open a colorful and inviting
sweet packet and see fungus filled sweets in it? Varna is such a
film, which will puke you with its 'creativity' and gives you a
migraine and haunts you forever with its unbearable torture. Just
stay away from this one or else you will regret it
Telugu Mirchi - Swathi's Rating: 2
Varna is a disappointing effort without
satisfying any class of audience.
123Telugu - Mahesh S Koneru's Rating: 1.5
A good production house with deep pockets was taken for
a ride by the director with a farcical script and atrocious
screenplay. Films like Varna are a rarity. They fall into
the ‘never before, never again' category. Film school students must
be forced to watch this film. Perhaps, Christopher Nolan can also
take a look as this film has a lot more ‘depth' compared to
AP Herald - Rating: 0.5
For all those who are used to watching mythical wonders
that leave you spellbound, Varna could end up as a joke, at best.
It is amateurish to the core, predictable and its making lacks any
kind of imagination. Watch this one at your risk
Super Good Movies
Seems director of the movie Selvaraghava tried to be
like "Indian James Cameron" by creating other world like
Avatar. But he failed in many areas. We never understand
what he wants to tell to audiences.
CineJosh - Rating: 1.5
Lack of strength in explaining the key story matter and
flat-out usage of cinematic liberties made Varna watching
a tedious exercise. Definite accolades for Selva in selecting a new
backdrop for painting an old portrait of Love. It's the missing of
Entertainment like 7/G Brindavan Colony or the strong
execution like Yuganiki Okkadu made Varna a banal
CineOutLook - Rating: 1.5
Overall,an un-conventional flick from the director and
the producer. This will not fit the bill.A routine movie goer will
not at all like this movie. If at all you do not have any other
work,feeling bored over the week-end,you can give a
24Krafts - Rating: 1.5
It is far easier to understand a film like ‘Inception'
when compared to ‘Varna'. The director has come up with an good
idea and spoiled completed in script. The parallel universe concept
is novel and it could have been used quite well. Arya looks quite
bad in the film, especially as Mahendra. He just sleepwalks through
the role, but you can't really blame him for that.
Tolly9 - Rating: 1.5
Director started the story well with Madhu and Ramya
romantic track. Story seems interesting but soon you would glide in
between two world in between tracks. Till intermission story
revolves at the same spot. In the second half story is completely
out of track. Characterisation also has many
Varna is going to be a 60 Crore blunder ever
made on South silver screen, for its boring moments throughout the
2 hours 40 minutes of its length. Don't Catch A DVD
Way2Movies - Rating: 1
The script is shabby and terribly executed. The entire
plot gets revealed in the first hour and Selva fails to engage the
audiences with the proceedings. Screenplay is pathetic and the
character developments are quite weak. Also the two stories are
loosely connected that the feel goes totally missing. Added to it,
the lip sync goes missing for the Telugu version which further
tests the patience.
AndhraWishesh - Rating: 1
The plot of the movie is about pure love between two
lovers Anushka and Arya but it is not properly established.
Characterization is weak and many weird characters are shown in the
other world as it is director's creative world in which creativity
worked in low web. Altogether the movie is a costly experiment with
a lot of graphics to balance the screenplay that is very
Times Of AP - Rating: 2.5
Creative people have courage and conviction. It is no
doubt that Selvaraghavan has got it in loads. Let's hope that he
gets his execution right in his future movies. For now, Varna is
just an expensive experiment with unintended
Business Of Tollywood - Rating: 2
Movie is simple story of Love. If you expect much about
graphics. You will be disappointed.