Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi review: A routine friendship-love drama

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Friday 27 October 2017

Movie Title

Vunnadhi Okkate Zindagi

Director

Kishore Tirumala

Star Cast

Ram Pothineni, Lavanya Tripathi, Anupama Parameshwaran, Sree Vishnu

In the city of Vizag, Abhi (Ram) and Vasu (Shree Vishnu) fall for the same girl, Maha (Anupama). Misunderstandings arise between the friends; however, a tragic incident changes all.

Four years later, the friends reunite in Ooty. Vasu falls in love with Maggie, a wedding planner; but, she falls for Abhi, leading to a love triangle yet again.

Will Maggy change the equation of the two friends again?

Kishore Tirumala presents a familiar story of friendship and love. in . The story is primarily about two friends who can't live without each other fall for the same girl that changes their lives forever. The narration, the twists and turns, and the tropes used are quite regular and predictable.

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The film begins interestingly establishing how deep their friendship is with the childhood episodes. Then the story cuts to the scene that they are no longer friends giving room for flashback sequence. The flashback episode - the story of Abhi and Maha and Vasu - is narrated in an interesting manner. Though there are many clichéd sequences this portion works out well due to the interval bang and pre-interval sequence of two friends proposing the girl on the same table.

Post interval, the film has little story to tell as Maha episode is over and the friends have met again after a tragic incident in their life. Till the pre-climax sequences, it runs on some comedy sequences, couple of songs and a wedding setup in a resort. Much of this part is boring. Thankfully, it ends on an emotional note.

Ram wins the game with his good act. Sree Vishnu, the lead of Appatlo Okadundevadu, in a major supportive role as Ram’s friend is superb. Anupama has given another convincing performance. In fact, the film is lively when she is on the screen. Lavanya as Maggy has nothing much to do though she is the second female lead. Kireet and Priyadarshi as friends have done good job. Priyadarshi provides good laughter.

The music by Devi Sri Prasad gels perfectly with the genre of the film. Trend Maarina Friend Maradu is the best of the lot, while Rayyi Rayyi is catchy. Despite largely set in and around Vizag and Ooty which has been explored in many movies, Sameer Reddy has shown his evocative camera angles to make the picture perfect. As per the editing, the film has lengthy and many scenes drag on. Artwork of Prakash is neat.

As writer and director Kishore Tirumala has treaded safe path (mostly like his previous film 'Nenu Sailaja) but he has captured the emotional scenes between two friends and the chasm well. The dialogues like giving description to 'what is friend', 'what is lover', 'what is this and what is that' is irrigating. Kishore Tirumala's narrative skills get mixed reactions here.

Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi is weak and slow. Like many movies made on friendship and two friends falling for the same girl, this one too follows the similar tropes and is told in familiar manner. However, the pre-interval sequences and final sequences make up. Overall, routine friendship drama with some boring scenes and lengthy narration. Second half goes for a complete toss.

Vunnadhi Okkate Zindagi: 2.75 Stars

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