Director Krish bagged several awards for his debut film 'Gamyam". This made the audiences keep high expectations on his latest release 'Vedam" as this time he prepared a subject, which has a scope for two heroes and a heroine. Another interesting point in this film is that stylish star Allu Arjun, who has an image both among the masses as well as youth audiences, is starring in a mass character, while Manchu Manoj, son of Mohanbabu, has done the role of a rock star and Anushka appears as a prostitute. The Telugu audiences, who are craving for a multi-starrer, eagerly looked forward for the film. The film has given them an experience of watching a Hollywood film with gripping screenplay and five different stories that run simultaneously.
Vijay Chakravarthy (Manchu Manoj) is the son of a Major and grandson of a Captain who have sacrificed their lives for the country. But Vijay does not want to join Army and he wants to become a rock star and starts a rock band. He gets an opportunity to play live in Hyderabad. He misses the flight and sets off to Hyderabad from Bangalore via road in a vehicle along with his troupe.
A handloom weaver Ramulu (Nagayya) borrows money from a private moneylender. He sells off his kidney and returns the principal. The lender takes away his grandson as he does not repay the interest. So, he decides to sell his daughter"s kidney for Rs 40,000 and go to Hyderabad and gets back his grandson.
Saroja (Anushka) is a prostitute, who stays in a brothel. In order to get away from there and launch her own brothel company, she reaches Hyderabad and gets caught by the police. Saroja"s friend suffers a stab injury in one incident and she takes her to hospital.
Cable Raju (Allu Arjun) stays in a slum in Hyderabad. However, he has fluency in English and can grab the attention of Deepa (Deeksha Seth), daughter of a millionaire, by pretending that he is also a rich man. Deepa wants to introduce Raju to her parents in a New Year party and wants two passes for the bash. The premier party charges Rs 40,000 for a couple and Raju set off to earn that money. Unable to get the money from any other source, he decides to go for chain-snatching. All his efforts prove futile.
Noticing that Ramulu has Rs 40,000 with him, Raju follows him and snatches away the money from him. But Raju realises his folly and confesses it to Deepa that he is not a rich man and only a worker in a slum. He returns money to Ramulu. Vijay, who is on his way to Hyderabad, notices a woman, who is badly injured in an accidents tries to rescue her by taking her to hospital. At this juncture, some terrorists capture the hospital and start indiscriminate firing killing scores of people. Raju and Vijay, who are there in the hospital, try to save as many patients and collect all of them in room. But they find the terrorist leader become a human bomb and want to blast the entire building and to save the innocent lives, they push him out of the hospital and die in the blast along with the terrorist. Thus they become immortal in the hearts of people, despite doing wrong things in their lives earlier. Saroja too wanted to lead a normal life instead of returning to prostitution in the climax.
PLUS: All the characters in the film have equal importance. Though Manoj has a less footage when compared with Allu Arjun, his character would make an impact on the minds of audiences. Though he appears in few scenes, Manoj shows energy in them. Definitely the film would earn him the name that he is a very good artiste. Arjun has also given a good performance and the director has etched the character with different shades and Arjun has given a matured performance in this film. The emotions in the character vary from scene to scene and Arjun emotes excellently in every frame. Anushka has also given a sizzling performance. Without resorting to any kind of exposing, she shows the exact oomph in the character as a prostitute at the same time. She has a chance to perform in a couple of scenes.
The highlight of the film is the gripping story, excellent screenplay and the punch dialogues. Incidentally, all these departments are handled by the director Krish himself, who does not lose grip on the subject or screenplay and he perfectly runs the five different stories simultaneously by balancing each and every story and culminating of all the characters in different stories into one in the climax. Music by Keeravani is another asset for the film. The timing of songs is very good and the director placed the songs perfectly at necessary places. Definitely, the film would earn a critical acclaim because of the gripping subject and fantastic screenplay.
MINUS: The common and mass audiences could not understand the story because of its clumsy nature. They get confused why Manoj become furious at the lorry driver and they could realise only a little later that despite being chased, he comes to his rescue and make him learn the value of life, which becomes useful in the climax. But common audiences cannot digest such a clumsy scene. Lack of duets, interesting fights and action scenes, foreign locales, and the tragic climax, may prove obstacles for the commercial success of the film.
ANALYSIS: The movie shows the taste of producers in making a meaningful movie and they are just not after profits. The first half of the film is entertaining and the second half raises the heartbeat and pulse rate of the audiences with each passing minute. The producer and director should be complimented for taking such a subject especially with a commercial hero like Arjun and glamorous star Anushka, besides Manchu Manoj.
Cast: Allu Arjun, Manchu Manoj, Anushka, Lekha Washington, Deeksha Seth, Siya Gautham, Manoj Bajpai, Nagayya, Pruthvi, Posani Krishnamurali, Saranya, Brahmanandam, Raghu Babu, Ravi Prakash, Satyam Rajesh and others.
Credits: Music - MM Keeravani, Lyrics - Sirivennela Seetarama Sastry, Sahiti, E S Murthy and Keeravani, Camera – VS Gnanasekhar, Editing – Sravan, Action – Ram, Lakshman, Art – Rajiv Nayar, Producers – Devineni Prasad and Yarlagada Sobhu, Story, screenplay, dialogues and direction – Jagarlamudi Radhakrishna @ Krish
Banner: Arka Media Works
Released on: June 4, 2010