Vinaya Vidheya Rama: Not a single redeeming factor

The film is a potpourri of all that we don’t want from Telugu cinema

Vinaya Vidheya Rama is a unique film that needs to be watched, especially for aspiring screenwriters and directors to know how not to write or make a film. For a reviewer, it would feel as though Boyapati Sreenu tossed a mess of a 146-minute long product at you, sniggering, ‘take that! Let me see what you make of it’. With Boyapati at the helm, one doesn’t expect to watch an understated film where you look for nuances in writing and execution. It’s a given that his films will be loud and will unabashedly play to the gallery. But nothing prepared me for VVR.

Boyapati wants us to take the suspension of disbelief to new heights. Somewhere in the Bihar-Nepal border, a key character that’s cornered by the villain makes a call for help. The character believes that the saviour will arrive in the nick of time, never mind even if he’s half way across the country, leaving for hometown after a darshan in Dwaraka. Vinaya Vidheya Rama

  • Cast: Ram Charan, Kiara Advani, Prashant and Sneha
  • Direction: Boyapati Sreenu
  • Music: Devi Sri Prasad

True to that leap of faith, Rama (Ram Charan) arrives in minutes. That should make him faster than a bullet train and we learn that enroute, he’s wiped out about 300 henchmen. The villain, who’s some sort of a Raja in the dust-laden interiors of Bihar (Vivek Oberoi hams his way through), tries to restrain him through heavy chains. Not just the iron chains, couple of heads also go flying in the air. Add to that there’s a crack in the mountain behind him. We challenge Ironman to beat that!

VVR is a lot of fun in the later half because, by then if you’re still inside the cinema hall, you want to see what else is in store. Whatever made Ram Charan sign up for this loud, mind-numbing film after Rangasthalam? The violence isn’t a problem, but the way it’s played out. You never know at what juncture a head will be tossed in the air or why and how someone will be killed.

The story? It’s the good vs. evil battle, where the younger brother rallies around his older brothers who’re trying to ensure clean and fair elections. Their bond is unshakeable because they aren’t bound by lineage but a chance encounter brings them all together and changes their destinies.

Can there be a Sankranti film without family sentiments? There’s the clichéd representation of a large, happy family where the women walk about in silks and finery and dote on the younger brother-in-law. Rugged brown terrains bathed in bloodshed are contrasted every now and then by a riot of colours when the family segments are shown. The music is relentlessly so loud that a few moments of silence would be a blessing.

Prashant (remember the actor from Jeans?) and Sneha get substantial roles and do what best they can within the clichéd presentation. It isn’t Kiara Advani’s fault that she looks lost in the melee. As for Ram Charan, he may not have imagined being in a film that gets unintentionally hilarious as it progresses.

In one scene, the villain subjects himself to snake bite. Nothing happens to him. The snakes dies.

Why are such films being made in 2019?

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