Veedhi (The Street) Telugu Movie Review

Feature Film
Jun 3, 2006 By Kishore

The story of 'Veedhi' is purportedly based on a real life story from Bihar - the God forsaken state. True to its reputation 'there is something' in the movie with regard to the identity of the villain. The villain, Sivanna (Natraj), lives as a simple vegetable vendor in a street known only to a few close aids and is totally unknown to others. Even the police do not know who 'Sivanna' is.

Sivanna is a decent family man. Sivanna's daughter gets lost on Janmastami. His wife becomes almost lifeless upon the missing of their daughter. He is picked up by the police as a chain snatcher by mistake. While he is still in custody his wife is raped in front of his eyes and killed by the police. This changes Sivanna from a man of peace to a man of ruthless cruelty who bumps off people just like that if they cross his path. Higher ranked police officers are also murdered without any fear. Isn't that the state of law in Bihar'

He runs several factories dealing in duplicate products, but the street where he lives claim to sell only original products. With a group of dedicated henchmen he runs his clandestine operations with ease. Anybody who tries to know about him is not spared.

But there is a determined girl (Gopika) who is bent on finding out who Sivanna is. He takes the help of four wayward young people who live in an apartment and live off commissions collected from sales people, milkmen, laundry men, cable TV operators etc. Sharvanand is one of the four guys. The four young boys along with Gopika solve the mystery surrounding around Sivanna. But the end turns out be poignant.

Ushakiran movies continue its tradition of making films based on real stories. Sharvanand seems to be eager to humble himself and nullify the gains made with Amma Chepindi by accepting a role that has not much to it. It's Sivanna whose character shines in the movie and Nataraj does full justice to the role. Gopika has a good chance to showcase her talent. The insertion of songs at regular intervals makes the real feel movie in to a typical commercial film.

The director wants us to believe that blood can be passed off as tomato pulp. He makes the movie gorier by graphically showing severed heads. But the effects wear thin and don't impress people who are disgusted with growing show of unnecessary violence.