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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 movie review.
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 first attempt.
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 the film.
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 film.
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