Varudu wanted to give a euphemistical message “ manchi vivaham manchi dampathyam; manchi dampathyam manchi santhanam; manchi santhanam manchi samajam; manchi samajam manchi prapancham” ( a good marriage gives a good familial bond; good family bonds give good progeny; good progeny gives good society; good societies give a good world). The message is good; only the delivery is bad. The delivery mechanism has completely failed.
Sandeep (Allu Arjun) has doting parents (Ashish Vidhyarthi and Suhasini). He gets a job in USA and must go there within a month. His parents want to get him married before he goes abroad. Sandeep prefers an arranged marriage and refuses even to look at the photo of the prospective bride. Moreover, he wants a five day traditional marriage which was prevalent about a century ago. Even the bride Deepthi (Bhanusri Mehra) refuses to see the photo of the bridegroom.
A huge pandal is erected for the marriage ceremony and all relatives and their families are invited. During the elaborate marriage ceremonial procedure, Sandeep and Deepthi look at each other and deeply fall in love with the magical first look. When the groom is about to tie the ‘thaali’, the pandal crashes down. In that confusion a psychopathic stage artiste Diwakar (Arya) kidnaps Deepthi and takes her away. Diwakar is the brother of Prabhakar (Ahuthi Prasad) who is a bus & truck fleet owner and politically connected.
The police commissioner (Nassar) at the behest of the Home Minister (Shayaji Shinde) orders a high level inquiry into this kidnap. After they come to know that Diwakar kidnapped Deepthi, the CoP sends the ACP (Rao Ramesh) to search Diwakar’s house. He is insulted and killed by a premeditated accident.
The rest of the story is how Sandeep defeats a powerful villain and brings back Deepthi and marries her.
Allu Arjun gives an energetic performance. He dances and fights well. Debutante Bhanusri Mehra has talent and her hot lip-lock with Arjun is truly bold. Arya is impressive as the psychopathic villain. Ashish Vidhyarthi and Suhasini essay their roles well. Naresh, Nassar, Shayaji Shinde and Rao Ramesh are convincing in portraying their respective roles. Brahmanandam, Sunil and Ali are hilarious in their comic cameos. All others are quite adequate for their roles.
Goldwyn of Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer once announced the launch of a high budget film. One of the journalists asked him whether there is any message in the movie. Goldwyn shot back. “If I have to give a message I’ll spend a penny and send a telegram. Why would I spend a million dollors and make film to give a message?”
That is exactly what happened to the story and screenplay of Varudu. The director Gunasekhar was so focused on the message mentioned at para one ante that he forgot the fundamentals of cinematic story narration. The dialogues are good. The lyrics are literally lyrical. The Music is pleasing. The choreography is enchanting. The cinematography is superlative. The sound design is astounding. But of what use? The drag in narration because of yawningly lengthy scenes makes you fret and fiddle in your seat. The climax fight is the last straw on one’s viewing patience.
The villain in Varudu, after kidnapping the heroine, shouts to the hero: “Aagipo” which generally means “stop, stand still and don’t come”. Whenever you get a thought or desire to go to a theatre to watch Varudu, remember what the villain said just before the interval: “Aagipo”.
The Cast and Crew
Allu Arjun, Bhanusree Mehra, Arya, Ashish Vidyarthi, Suhasini, Naresh, Vinaya, Nasser, Rao Ramesh, Sayaji Shinde, Ahuti Prasad, Brahmanandam, Sunil, Ali, Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, Anita Chowdary and others
Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematography: R D Rajasekhar
Producer: D V V Danayya
Banner: Universal Media
Story, Screenplay & Direction: Gunasekhar
2 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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