2 out of 5 (Okay)
Vachadu Gelichadu fails to sustain the momentum it initially created.
Haricharan Pudipeddi Mon, 19 Sep 2011
After super successful Rangam and lukewarm success of Rowdram, Jiiva returns with 'Vachadu Gelichadu' hoping to taste success again. Falling into a category that makes the film neither boring nor interesting, VG falls flat. VG was like seeing a skyscraper built from deck of cards falling down moments after its completion. Yes, the first half creates so much of suspense that you'd barely move out of your seats but not before the second half puts you through some amount of mental torture and all suspense comes
down crashing in a jiffy.
Two school going half-brothers, one good at studies and the other a dimwit, live a life of rivalry. The elder brother kills the younger one by pushing him into well when the latter burns the photograph of the latter's late father.
The year and time is current day, Jiiva shifts base to Mumbai in search of a goon named Ramanna. He makes his way into his gang but nobody knows why he seeks refuge at his place. Jiiva aka Arjun shares his love story to Ramanna, who instead of discarding encourages him to share more. What is between Arjun and Ramanna? Of all the persons in the world why does Arjun want to share his love story to
Ramanna forms the rest of the story?
The film loses momentum in the beginning of second half after a brilliant start. The characterization was bland, especially role of Jiiva that required revenge in full flow lacked energy that we saw in Jiiva in Rangam. This is second release for the director in the week after 'Priya Priyatama' and either of them weren't good but disappointing.
Performances weren't noteworthy. Neither did Jiiva impress with acting nor dance but at the same made a complete fool of him. Yes, audience may get this feeling that why would someone after a hit movie such as Rangam, choose a dull film that will hamper his image. Taapse was too busy flaunting her romantic side that she actually forgot that he had a part to deliver. Santhanam was irksome like never
before as he tried hard to make audience laugh. Nanda as Ramanna was splendid. He pulled off his role with ease and elan.
Direction definitely could've been better and screenplay could've been a whole lot better. Even a strong script coupled with dull screenplay and uninspiring acting can hamper the prospect of a film so much that the director will have to think hard to make another film. Music by Thaman, the most wanted music director in tinsel town, was also not up to mark. There were hardly any peppy numbers that can distract you from whatever you're doing and make you listen to the song. A film that could've been far better
than what it really is now is 'Vachadu Gelichadu'.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
2 out of 5 (Okay)