Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Behind the screens
Ram Gopal Varma who is known to come with controversial films this time came with Vangaveeti, film highlighting the faction rivalry between Vangaveeti and Devineni groups in the early 80s in Vijayawada. The film attracted lot of interest and RGV got serious warnings from both the groups. Let us see what impact the film made on movie lovers.
Communist leader Chalasani Venkata Ratnam welcomes Bus Stand Radha aka Vangaveeti Radha (Sandeep) into his fold in Vijayawada. Radha’s popularity increases more than that of Venkataratnam, and when Venkataratnam insults Radha, he mercilessly murders Venkata Ratnam. From then on there is no stopping Vangaveeti Radha.
He becomes extra constitutional power and he even enters student politics with student leaders Devineni Gandhi(Kautilya) , Devineni Nehru(Shrietj) joining his gang. The trio thrives with muscle and brain power. The sudden murder of Radha comes as shock for them. Till then Radha’s brother Ranga who is leading a happy go lucky life, takes over the mantle and gets married to Ratna Kumari (Naina Ganguly).
But Ranga and Devineni brothers gets separated due to misunderstands and power play follows between them with a national party presumably Congress roping in Ranga and regional party NTR’s TDP wooing Nehru. Both groups seek revenge for each others insults and to find out more about it watch the film on big screen.
RGV is known to get the actors who suit the real life characters. He once again makes impact with the selection of cast and crew. Sandeep as Vangaveeti Radha and Ranga made powerful presence. His expressions and dialogue delivery and body language is immaculate. Same is the case with Shritej and Vamsi who acted as Devineni Nehru and Devineni Gandhi. Naina Ganguly too performed her role with intensity. All the other actors performed their roles with great zeal.
Ram Gopal Varma is known to portray real life characters and their biopics in a extremely realistic and natural manner. He attracts with his story, screenplay and direction in Vangaveeti too. However viewers will be disappointed as he stayed away from many controversies and played safe. In this process, the film turned out to be extremely routine fare for all his technical brilliance and good performances from all quarters.
First half starts with intensity and carries the same till the interval. The introduction of various characters has been done in a interesting manner and viewers get glued to the screen. However Vangaveeti Ranga’s presence gets reduced in the second half with RGV concentrating on how rivals try to eliminate Vangaveeti. This puts of viewers who expected to see Vangaveeti’s show all the time.
RGV did show his glimpses and penchant for controversy by showing Ratnakumari as a villain and naming NTR in the background while he played safe with other characters like Mudragada Padnamabham or Venkataratnam. Over all the film makes good case study at film schools but offers nothing for movie lovers at the box office as RGV as usual instead of going into the reasons behind the killings, tried to glorify them. RGV’s voice over is another highlight in the film.
Background score of Ravi Shankar made powerful impact. Music is Ok but songs placement slowed the tempo of the film. Cinematography is good giving the desired effect. Editing is Ok and could have been better. Dialogues are just average and production values are fine.
Vangaveeti’s extreme violence pales staying away from controversy. Who want to know about Vijayawada past can watch the film but for other it’s routine revenge drama. Kids and family audience can safely stay away.
Cast: Sandeep, Vamsi Nakkanti,Vamsi Chaganti,Kautilya, Shritej, Naina Ganguly and others
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Music: Ravi Shankar
Editing: Siddhartha Ratolu
Banner: Badcow Films
Producer: Dasari Kiran Kumar
Release: Dec 23,2016