Vachadu Gelichadu Movie Review
Vachadu Gelichadu has the interesting premise of sibilant rivalry and ultimate reconciliation through an imaginative beguile of a love story.
The film opens at Ramachandrapuram in 1995 showing the hatred between two step brothers and the attempt by the elder sibilant to kill the younger one.
Presently in Visakhapatnam, Arjun(Jiiva) an wannabe boxing champion crash-meets Anjana (Taapsee) a budding architect. They help each other in their endeavours. When Arjun expresses his love, Anjana wants him to meet her father, a businessman in Mumbai. She says she will marry him if her father likes him.
In Mumbai, Arjun meets Anjana’s father, who says he doesn’t like Arjun. Suddenly, caught in the crossfire of underworld gang war between Ramana (Nanda) and Govardhan, Anjana’s father is killed. Anjana tells Arjun that she is ready to marry him, if he gets don Ramana convicted for killing her father.
Arjun meets Ramana and gains his confidence. Then there is the war of attrition between the two with Arjun employing clever ploys to browbeat Ramana. Will Arjun succeed? Will Ramana be convicted? What will happen to Arjun and Anjana? Answers to these questions lead to a sedate climax with a bamboozling twist to the elaborate beguiling of the love story.
Jiiva, with his chocolate boy next door looks, gives a performance laced with old world charm. Taapsee is glamorous and carries herself well. Nanda has given a spirited essay of his role as the don. All others fit their roles.
Director R Kannan wove an interesting tale, though on a very farfetched hypothesis, but his presentation draws the attention of the audience. The title gives away what happens in the end, still the screenplay kindles periodic apprehension of what-next. The dialogues are ok. The comedy track is dull and drab and allows a slump in the flow of narration.
Music by Thaman is very good. All the songs are foot-tapping numbers and they are choreographed well particularly the Andala bala… song. Cinematography by P. G. Muthiah is absorbing and pleasing. Vijayan’s editing complements the narration value. Aydiography is good. Production values are high.
The film Vachadu Gelichadu (He came He conquered) is the Telugu version of the Tamil film Vanthaan Vendraan. Those who became
fans of Jiiva after Rangam will be disappointed. In the film, it is obvious that Arjun and Ramana are step brothers, because of the opening scenes.
However, to state that the entire love story of Arjun and Anjana is just the ripe figment of a fertile imagination is a little too farfetched and somehow disappointing. The screenplay loses precious momentum in the latter part of the second half.
The title, borrowed in part from the laconic Julius Caesar quote-vini vid vici ( I came I saw I conquered), is a bit too ambitious and precocious for this film.
If you have time and nothing profitable to do, you may wander into a theatre to watch the film.
The Cast and Crew
Jiiva ,Nandha, Taapsee Pannu, Sapan Saran , Santhanam and others
Music by Thaman
Cinematography P. G. Muthiah
Editing by V. T. Vijayan
Produced by : K. Venugopal
Presented by : KVV Satyanarayana
Banner: KV Films
Written & directed by : R Kannan
2.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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