Merlapaka Gandhi is making his debut with Sundeep Kishan and Rakul Preet Singh starrer film Venkatadri Express, which has hit the marquee today (November 29). The son of Telugu novelist Merlapaka Murali has written a unique script. Coupled with excellent performance and good comedy, the movie is good family entertainer, which will impress all classes of audiences.
Venkatadri Express is romantic comedy entertainer that has all commercial elements to mass audience. Gandhi's unique screenplay and funny dialogues, Sundeep and Rakul's performances are the main highlights in the movie. Ramana Gogula's music, Chota K Naidu's cinematography, comedy scenes, well-choreographed action and dance sequences, beautiful art direction and locales are its other big assets.
Having undergone training in scripting and direction for two years, Merlapaka Gandhi has best understood the taste of Telugu audiences. The debutante director has written an interesting story screenplay, which has enough amount of twists and turns to keep the viewers glued to the screens throughout the film. Keeping all classes of audiences in mind, he has nicely blended the masala ingredients like comedy, romance, action, dance, family drama, soothing music and beautiful locations.
The movie opens with Allari Naresh's voiceover, which introduces
the principal characters in a funny way, thereby preparing the
viewers to get ready to enjoy a joy ride. An action scene, a few
comedy and romantic moments keep the movie proceeding at a good
pace. Although it has a racy narration, nothing much happens in
terms of the story in the first half. The story picks up the speed
with an action scene post interval and the second half of the film
is also quite entertaining. The climax is also unique and
interesting. Continue to read Venkatadri Express
Venkatadri Express Story
The story of Venkatadri Express happens in one
night. The family of Sundeep (Sundeep Kishan) is heading to
Tirupathi on the Venkatadri Express for the wedding of his brother
(Brahmaji). What happens when he misses the train will form the
crux of the story.
Gandhi Takes Away Credit For A Successful Show
The credit for running a successful show goes to
debutant director Merlapaka Gandhi, who has managed to get
everything best in place. He has made sure that Venkatadri
Express has a good script, best performances and sound
production elements. He is successful in rocking the viewers in his
VE Takes Sundeep To Next Level
As an actor, Sundeep Kishan, who has already proved his
mettle, has reached another height with his perfect comedy timing
in Venkatadri Express. He impresses the viewers in all
comedy, action, dance and sentimental scenes. He is sure to get a
big break with this movie.
Rakul Preet Singh's Performance
Rakul Preet Singh does not have enough scope to prove
mettle, but she has done her best to do justice to her role in
Venkatadri Express. She impresses the viewers with her
glamour in song sequences. Her chemistry with Sundeep, which is a
treat for the lovers of romance drama, is one of the big assets of
Supporting Cast In VE
As hero's strict father, Nagineedu has done a brilliant
job Venkatadri Express. MS Narayana and Brahmaji tickle
your funny bones. Others have also done justice to their roles in
the film. The director should be lauded for tapping out right kind
of performances from them.
Chota K Naidu's Picturisation
Chota K Naidu, who has teamed up with his nephew Sundeep
for the first time, has done a brilliant camerawork in
Venkatadri Express, which is a main attraction in the
technical front. Especially, his cinematography in song sequences
is a visual treat.
Ramana Gogula's Music
Venkatadri Express has Ramana Gogula's music
and background score. His soundtracks are good. A couple of them
have already impressed the music lovers and become chartbusters.
His background score helps the director elevate several funny and
sentimental sequences. His work is really a good asset for the
Other Production Values In VE
Venkatadri Express has rich technical elements
and Gandhi's funny dialogues are also one of the big attractions of
the film. Gautham Raju's editing, the choreography of action and
dance sequences and art direction are commendable. The selection of
locales and costumes is also good.
Venkatadri Express Verdict
Overall, Venkatadri Express is a decent
fun-filled family entertainer and debutant Merlapaka Gandhi has
done brilliant work in his first attempt. This film will surely
give a big break to him, Sundeep and Rakul.
VE Production Team
Producer: Gemini Kiran
Director: Merlapaka Gandhi
Cast: Sundeep Kishan, Rakul Preet Singh, Brahmaji, Nagineedu, Thagubothu Ramesh, Sapthagiri, MS Narayana, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Narsing Yadav and Prithviraj
Music: Ramana Gogula
Runtime: 127 minutes
Release date: November 29, 2013