Movie Review: Taxiwaala
Vijay Deverakonda, Priyanka, Malavika Nayar, Madhunandan, Sijju and others
Director - Rahul Sakrityan
Producer - SKN
Banner - UV Creations, GA 2 Pictures
Music - Jakes Bejoy
Vijay Deverakonda's latest film Taxiwaala is a cross genre movie that has supernatural, science fiction elements mixed into an entertaining story. It is a concept based film with an interesting plot and fairly engaging screenplay.
What is it about?
A jobless youth Shiva (Vijay) buys a vintage car and turns cab driver. But the car turns out to be a haunted one. Why is the car possessed and how can Shiva get rid of it?
Vijay Deverakonda plays a simpleton Shiva who is relatable and lovable too. He carries off the role without any starry attractions despite his rising popularity. Looks like the film was shot much before Geetha Govindam. He looks young and leaner than what he looks now. Priyanka is adequate. Malavika Nair is a fine actress and makes a lasting impression in her brief role. Madhunandan is good in a supporting role. So is the guy who played Hollywood.
Rahul Sankrityan picks up a strong storyline and sticks to its strengths. He makes sure to sprinkle good doses of humor. He has very good command over all crafts of the film and made a quality film on his debut. He handled the emotions well too.
Music by Jakes Bejoy is impressive. Maate Vinadhuga is a catchy song and the background score is captivating. Sujith Sarang does a great job behind the camera. Production values are good. SKN must be lauded for picking up a story based film as his debut production.
Drags in the second half
Taxiwaala is a concept based movie that relies on a good story. Vijay Deverakonda is a bigger star now, but his choice of scripts is very impressive. He believed in the story and did his part to make it work. It starts off on an entertaining note and slowly gains momentum when the invisible spirit in the car takes the center stage. A sequence of entertaining moments and thrilling episodes keeps the audience invested in the movie.
First half ends well with a super thrilling interval sequence. The graph goes down after the back story of the spirit is revealed. Flashback is slow but highly emotional. Director succeeds in making us sympathize with Malavika's character. However, there are a few unnecessary comedy episodes post flashback scenes that they could have done away with. Climax is a feel good one with emotions that tug our heartstrings.
It is a simple film that sticks to the basics and doesn't go off track at any point. It never gets boring in spite of the absence of Vijay for a long flashback sequence. However, the director's inexperience is shown in the second half where he loses grip over the narration. Taxiwaala works on a whole in spite of few hiccups in the middle. It is a different film amid so-called commercial entertainers that are putting the audience's patience to the test. It is a ride worth taking.
Verdict: Fun, Thrilling and Emotional Ride!