Movie Review: VBVR
Nara Rohith, Sri Vishnu, Sudheer Babu, Shriya, Sashank and others
Director - Indrasena R
Producer - Apparao Bellana
Banner - Baba Creations
Music - Mark K Robins
Veera Bhoga Vasantha Rayalu generated interest with intriguing promos, but sadly the public verdict is out even before the film is out in theaters. The makers expected the film to appeal to niche audience and released the film in USA a couple of days ahead of the theatrical release. This move proved catastrophic as the movie got trolled by critics and audience alike.
What is it about?
A group of detectives (Nara Rohit, Shriya) are assigned the job of finding the whereabouts of a missing airplane. A police inspector (Sudheer Babu) is intrigued by the story of a missing house. There's another thread about a missing girl. Meanwhile, the detectives get a call from the plane hijacker (Sri Vishnu) who demands them to kill 300 criminals to save the hostages. Who is the hijacker and what's his motive? What happens to the missing girl and what about the missing house?
Sri Vishnu played the titular role, but gets a limited screen time. He appears only after the interval and looks odd with a Mohawk. His performance is very ordinary in spite of an interesting character. Nara Rohit is restricted to indoors and he did okay. Sudheer Babu is good as the cop. Shriya gets the demeanor and body language right, but the dubbing artist let her down. Sashank is fine in a supporting role and Srinivasa Reddy's comedy is annoying.
Indrasena tried to do something different from the usual and he did a decent job in setting up the story. However, he couldn't make it an engrossing thriller because of disjointed scenes and incoherent screenplay. Final portions are handled well, but it is not an easy task to be invested in the story till that point.
Background score is okay in parts. Cinematography is decent. Dialogues are horrendous. Lines written for Shriya and Rohit sound silly. Editing is very bad. Production values are poor in spite of a decent star cast.
Sri Vishnu's getup
Veera Bhoga Vasantha Rayalu had a sound idea on paper. However, it arrived a bit too late for that twist in the climax to work. Similar climax was seen in two movies this year. So, the expected shock value has gone down and what made it even worse is the way the idea has been executed. The film begins well with an interesting sequence about a missing house. But it loses steam within no time because of lackluster writing and equally stupid direction.
The entire episode involving a missing airplane and the investigation looks like a joke. The detectives getting blackmailed by a vigilante hijacker, who orders them to kill 300 criminals to ensure the safety of hostages is an outlandish sequence of events. Director presented this in a very emotional way as if it can happen for real. Nobody with a sane mind can take this movie seriously post that idiotic sequence.
First half is clumsy with a mishmash of various threads creating so much confusion about what's going on the screen. Bad editing and mindless dialogue makes it all the more tough to follow the story. Second half gets horrible after Sri Vishnu's character is introduced. In the meantime the search for the missing house continues and there's an unexpected twist thrown in as all the threads culminate.
The director surely had a lot of ideas in his mind but couldn't bring them onto the screen, which made the film look stupider than actually it is. A coherent screenplay and believable scenarios could have made this a decent one. The film ends up in a mess in spite of having a promising star cast and an interesting plot. It will be a great case study for how not to make a mystery thriller.
Verdict: Creative Torture!