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Venkatadri Express Bags Good Reviews, Rich Ratings From Critics

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Debutant Merlapaka Gandhi has been successful in impressing the film critics with his first directorial venture Venkatadri Express (VE) starring Sundeep Kishan and Rakul Preet Singh in the lead roles. The movie, which released in theatres on November 22, has garnered positive reviews and rich ratings from the film critics. Many think that this film will give a much-needed big break to him as well as Sundeep Kishan.

Venkatadri Express is a good situational comedy. Besides direction, Merlapaka Gandhi has also penned story, screenplay and dialogues for the movie. He has been successful in handling all these departments in effective way. Film critics opine that he has done brilliant work in the first half of the movie, but has failed to retain the same interest in the second half. A few feel that its climax could have been better.

In addition to Gandhi's direction and script, Venkatadri Express has Sundeep Kishan's performance, Rakul Preet Singh's glamour, Ramesh's comedy, Ramana Gogula's music, Chota K Naidu's camera work, good action and dance sequences, beautiful art direction and exotic locales as its other big assets. The movie has been rated an average of 3 out of 5.

We bringing you film critics' verdict on Venkatadri Express. Continue to see them in the slideshow.

OneIndia - Rating: 3

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.

Idlebrain - Rating: 3.25

Debutant director Merlapaka Gandhi comes up with a movie that has right gradients (entertainment and family emotions) in the right mix. He has got decent screenplay/story writing skills. You might feel that movie is over once Sundeep reaches the marriage venue in Tirupati. But the movie picks up after a brief lull to give a perfect 'happy ending'.

BharatStudent - Rating: 3

Venkatadri Express has good subject, could have been energetic.

DeccanChronicle - Rating: 2.5

Despite all its drawbacks, Venkatadri Express is entertaining.

Telugu Mirchi - Rating: 3.25

Venkatadri Express is a time pass film. With lots of laughs and little thrill audience can enjoy this film!

Cineoutlook - Rating: 3

All in all, it's an family entertainer. But in the 2nd half some scenes bit dragged and emotional not connected to the audience. As a debut director Gandhi made his Best. It's a Worth watch-able movie with full filled comedy and family elements.

EenaduCinema - Rating: 3

Venkatadri Express is easily a one-time watch for its decent comedy and crispy narration. The movie will not disappoint, if you watch it without expectations. The dearth of films might boost the solo release 'Venkatadri Express' at Tollywood Box-Office.

Greatandhra - Rating: 3

A new wave of filmmakers is emerging in Tollywood and it must be said that they are putting a good level of focus on the content and the plot. However, it is also essential that along with subject the sensibility to tap the box office pulse should also be developed. This is something the director of this movie failed to catch.

TeluguMirchi - Rating: 3.25

Venkatadri Express is a time pass film. With lots of laughs and little thrill audience can enjoy this film!

Telugucinema - Rating: 3

Venkatadri Express provides smooth journey, despite some speed breakers along the way.

TeluguMovie - Rating: 3.5

Go for it guys its clean entertainer with no double meanings or vulgar jokes which were ruling the roost these days.

Way2movies - Rating: 3

Venkatadri Express has wafer thin storyline but director's treatment worked well and it doesn't go off the track. Screenplay is racy and the situational comedy works well in the first half. Debutant Merlapaka Gandhi proves his mettle with the debut film. Emotional scenes and father-son plot were handled quite well.

DesiMartini - Rating: 3

Venkatadri Express starts with a gripping narration and towards the end it meanders into a dripping zone. Further, the weight of the climax pulls it down. However, the movie stays faithful to its genre and provides a thrilling experience.

Tollywoodandhra - Rating: 3

The plot of the movie appears quite simple but a good screenplay and comedy did the trick. First half of the movie is good with well timed humour. Things seem to have hurried up in the second half and the climax seem to be cliched making the movie average. A time pass flick for this weekend!

123telugu - Rating: 3

Venkatadri Express has a good and entertaining first half. This part is backed up by good pace and nice comedy. However, what looks like a promising ride starts going downhill in the second half. The film loses pace and it starts becoming very predictable. In the end, Venkatadri Express becomes an okay watch. If you go in without any expectations, you may enjoy the ride.

Film Circle - Rating: 3.5

Casting and budget wise, Venkatadri Express might be small or medium. But it is huge in terms of content and quality. I'm scared to state is as an entertainer because you may misunderstand Venkatadri Express as another masala entertainer. It is a path-breaking entertainer which doesn't bore you at any point. Go and board Venkatadri Express with your friends and family. I bet you are going to have a Happy Journey.

Searchandhra - Rating: 3

Merlapaka Gandhi on debut handled the film quite well but he failed in the second half. His treatment and screen play went for a toss in the second half. His entire plot like catching a train in auto, bus is quite unconvincing. But he loaded the film with good comedy which makes the day for the movie lovers.

AndhraHeadlines - Rating: 2.75

Director Merlapaka Gandhi chose a simple point and kept the audience interested for most of the film on whether gets caught committing his 100th mistake. He created situation comedy scenes quite well and Tagubotu Ramesh along with other actors didnot fail the director. However the story dragged a bit in before the interval and even the climax is not worked out perfectly. Lack of commercial elements like item songs and mass elements is the drawback in the film.

Avaara - Rating: 2.5

Sundeep Kishan's performance is good he did very well, Ram Murthy's performance also good, thagubothu Ramesh and Sapthagiri have done absolutly good job they are plus for this flick. their comedy performance is good, Debutante Rakul preet is good and beautiful.

Myfirstshow - Rating: 3

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