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In what could be the biggest setback to the entire team of Taxiwala, the team was in for a shock when the director's version was aired on net by a pirated website 3 days before the movie's release. Actor Vijay Devarakonda, director and the cinematographer came on the social media and expressed their pain of seeing their baby being ill-treated in social media. Thanks to VD's stardom and the controversy, the movie has seen some terrific booking in the Nizam area.
Siva (Vijay Devarakonda) comes to Hyderabad in quest of a new life and job where he sees himself in engaging in odd jobs. Finally, he decides to settle down as a cab driver and thus, lays his hand on a used contessa car which will be funded by his Vadina. Siva, gives the vintage car a modern classy look and in parallel, lead a happy life with his Anna and Vadina.
He meets Anu (Priyanka Jawalkar) and as expected, falls in love with her way too quickly. It's now that the story unfolds. Siva notices weird things happening in his car and in sometime, its realized that the car is haunted. He tries to get rid of the car but in vain, as the car comes back to him.
Vijay Devarakonda has come up with yet another satisfying performance and it is his screen presence which steals the show. Audience who love Vijay Devarakonda can go soft on story, screenplay and other technical aspects as he could make the specific set of audience's money worth.
Priyanka is ravishing and appealing on screen while she is just okay with respect to her screen space and performance.
The rest of the cast appear more like guest professors.
Rahul Sankrityan, the young director, showcases his potential of what he could make and what he is, has however, slipped the track. Though the storyline of Taaxiwaal looks impressive on paper, the execution faltered. The climax looked over stretched and the emotion didn't quite connect well.
Cinematography by Sujith Sarang deserves a thumbs up while music by Jakes is just adequate.
VFX should have ideally been a stand out point in Taxiwala by it turns out to a mediocre affair.
Watch Taxiwaala if you are a fan of Vijay Devarakonda or if you are in quest of average quotient of entertainment.