1 out of 5 (Poor)
'Veerangam' is the voice of 'Joginis' that goes unheard or unnoticed throughout. The effort is a sheer waste of time and energy.
Haricharan Pudipeddi Sun, 19 Feb 2012
Firstly, nowhere in the film will you understand what does the director wants to share with us. You will wonder at his sheer foolishness for not being able to express what he wishes to express through this film.
Though the film may not be as intriguing as one had expected, people would still go to watch it hoping to learn about Joginis in bits and pieces but we get neither a comprehensive story nor anything extra about their lives in particular.
'Joginis' were supposedly married off to Gods when they were young and were considered special to the feudal lords who in return labeled them as their whores. In a place called Veerangam, a feudal lord has a craving for Joginis; a young daughter of a Jogini comes under his radar and he goes berserk. On the flipside, the feudal lord's son falls head over heels for this young girl. Will the girl married off to the son or would the father take her forms the rest of the story.
The story has life in it but one might still feel the heart of the film was not in the right place. The confusing part is that nobody could understand what the director was trying to convey. The story had enough meat in it; it's a story with lot of sensibility attached that could've been splendidly crafted however the output was completely messed up.
People couldn't empathize with Shyamala Devi - the protagonist, as she lacked any feminine features and doesn't evoke anger or sympathy. Babu Mohan and Kota Srinivasa Rao's combination falls flat and the director couldn't capitalize on them; their presence had zero impact.
In one line; 'Veerangam' is a film with its head in the wrong place.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
1 out of 5 (Poor)