Venkatesh is back in his elements, with his impeccable comic timing in ‘F2’
Sometimes we have very well made stories with powerful performances that fail to tick at the box office; we also have on the other hand routine plots, handled skilfully with dollops of entertainment. The content may not necessarily make sense but all a producer, distributor and a theatre owner want to see is houseful crowd. F2 is the third big film for this Sankranti season and thankfully it doesn’t disappoint filmgoers.
F2 stands for fun and frustration. In the first half, the story is packed with comedy, and the second half leaves one a tad frustrated. Director Anil Ravipudi’s dialogues stand out; his lines lend a veneer of freshness to an otherwise predictable story. F2 – Fun and Frustration
- Cast: Venkatesh, Varun Tej
- Direction: Anil Ravipudi
- Music: Devi Sri Prasad
This family drama’s appeal stems from good casting. Venkatesh plays his comic part to perfection consistently and capitalises on Ravipudi’s dialogues with great timing and flourish. One is reminded of his glorious projects in the past. Varun Tej also impresses.
The family drama is about two men who show enthusiasm to get married but once done, they run away from the domineering better halves, all the way to Europe. The women go after them with a change of heart, but the men, influenced by another character, throw their wisdom to the wind and rush to show their one-upmanship. As a result, the wives are upset and plan to marry someone else. How the four fall in track after realising their shortcomings forms the story.
Venky (Venkatesh) has passed the marriageable age, doesn’t mind indulging in self deprecatory jokes but shows off his job as a PA to an MLA (Raghu Babu). He marries Harika (Tamanna) who is looking for a man with no baggage like sister in laws and extended family. It looks like a perfect match till Harika’s family enters the scene and complicate matter for Venky. Then there is the youngster Varun Yadav (Varun Tej) who is in love with a quirky Honey (Mehreen); she is Harika’s sister. So the married man and about-to-be-married man turn henpecked in no time and escape from the torture. This part of the story keeps us thoroughly engaged but after the break, it’s amply visible that there isn’t much of a story.
Other characters are added to prolong the drama and Vennela Kishore’s character is one such irritable example. The attempt to lift the screenplay by mass songs work, but the climax turns into a travesty. Varun Tej stands tall with his portrayal of a youngster attempting to please his girlfriend, but the Telangana dialect doesn’t sound natural coming from him.
Raghu Babu, Rajendra Prasad and Prakash Raj get good roles and so do the leading women. They not only look glamorous but get good enough time to show off their acting chops.
Devi Sri Prasad needs to do something radical and urgent to his music, while Sameer Reddy’s visuals are beautiful. If you’re willing to overlook a few boring moments and having fun is on top of your list this weekend, go for this.
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