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Movie: Evvarikee Cheppoddu
Director: Basava Shankar
This week we have another release in the form of ‘Evvarikee Cheppoddu’ starring Rakesh Varre and newcomer Gargeyi, If you are wondering who is Rakesh Varre, then he is the same guy who gets beheaded by Baahubali for trying to molest Devasena. Evvarikee Cheppoddu is written and directed by debutante Basava Shankar. Let us see if this love story, which has caste issue as it’s core theme impress the audience.
Durga Prasad is a caste fanatic. He restricts and instructs his daughter Harathi(Gargeyi) strictly since childhood to mingle with people only from their caste. After her graduation, one fine day, she stumbles upon a happy-go-lucky guy Hari(Rakesh). They instantly get attracted to each other. Though Harathi knows he is from a different caste, she couldn’t resist his carefree and live-life-to-the-fullest attitude. Hari decides to take the matter in his hands, and the rest of the story is all about how he manages to convince Durga Prasad with the help of Harathi for their marriage.
Rakesh Varre is a fine actor and he manages to hold the film together. He is equally good at comedy and dramatic scenes. He needs to work on his looks a bit more. Heroine Gargeyi is a wonderful actor and looks really cute. She is camera-friendly, and her screen presence makes you fall in love with her. Vamsi Nekkanti, as the heroine’s father, gets a meaty role and does well. Rao Ramesh, Prakash Raj would have done wonders with the role, but Nekkanti also has done a neat job. Others are all new/amateur actors. If known faces were cast, then the audience would have related more with the proceedings on the screen. But maybe because of budget issues, all unknown actors with no screen presence or good acting abilities were cast, which kind of reduced the overall impact of the movie.
Writer-Director Basava Shankar took a burning issue and narrated it in a simple but novel way. His screenplay is good in parts as the director makes the audience keep guessing about what will happen next. If he can hone his direction skills some more, he can emerge a good director in the future. The songs are okay, but the romantic song merged with Ayyappa Pooja is hilarious. The production values are low, and so the other technical aspects of the film can’t be much talked about.
The first half of the film is smooth with some comedy and a dash of romance. The interval point is really emotional, and the audience looks forward to how will the story move ahead. The second half is too long and with many repetitive and boring elements. The concept of ‘caste tree app’ is hilarious, but it is stretched beyond limit. The climax is also a bit unconvincing. Evvarikee Cheppoddu is an ok rom-com if you watch it without any expectations. We have to wait and see if this small little film can withstand the storm of Sye Raa.
Movie Marks: Romantic Caste Comedy
Cast and Crew: Rakesh Varre, Gargeyi, Vamsi Nekkanti, and others.
Producer: Rakesh Varre
Banner: Crazy Ants Productions
Music director: Shankar Sharma
Release date: 08 October 2019