Vedam somehow did not suit the narration, but may obliquely depict the transformation of the five main characters.
The film narrates the lives of five different people who meet as if fates wanted it to be so.
Vivek Chakravarthi (Manchu Manoj) aspires to be a rock star, though her mother wants him to join the armed forces where his father was martyred. He arrives in Hyderabad with his rock band.
A debt-ridden weaver Ramulu (Nagaiah) arrives in Hyderabad to sell the kidney of his daughter in law to educate his grandson.
Raheemuddin Qureshi (Manoj Bajpai) has a personal tragedy during communal riots and he is mistaken for a terrorist.
Cable Raju (Allu Arjun) is a slum dweller in Hyderabad and is in love with a rich girl (Deeksha Seth).
And then Saroja (Anushka), a prostitute who escapes from the clutches of her brokers, arrives in Hyderabad to start a high class brothel.
By chance they all meet and how each responds and transforms each one of their lives forms the rest of the story.
Allu Arjun and Manoj Bajpai come out with good performances. Manch Manoj is good and so are the actors of his rock band. Anushka looked uncomfortable. Nagaiah is convincing. All others go through their motions according to the script.
When 5 lives and five of those stories are to be plaited into one thematic narration, there has to be logic in the way they meet and it should also be emotionally convincing. The screenplay has its pitfalls, though the presentation is good. The dialogues do not always convey what the character intended to communicate.The climax could have been more convincing. The cinematography is good. And so is the music and sound design.The production values are good.
Vedam has come with a reputation that the director earlier made Gamyam. Vedam looks like it has mouthed more than it can chew. However, the theme and attempt at novelty has to be appreciated. Can have one dekho.
The Cast and Crew
Allu Arjun, Manoj Manchu (guest), Anushka, Nagayya, Manoj Bajpai, Deeksha Seth, Lekha Washington, Brahmanandam, Siya Gowtam, Satyam Rajesh, Saranya, Ravi Prakash, Prithvi, Posani Krishna Murali and others
Music: MM Keeravani
Cinematography: VS Gnana Sekhar
Fights: Ram – Lakshman
Art: Rajiv Nayyar
Producer: Prasad Devineni & Shobu Yarlagadda
Banner: Arka Mediaworks
Story – screenplay – dialogues – direction: Radha Krishna (Krish)
2.75 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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