Cast: Ram Pothineni, Anupama Parameswaran, Lavanya Tripathi, Sree Vishnu, Priyadarshi Pullikonda, Anisha Ambrose etc.
Direction: Kishore Tirumala
Banner: Sravanthi Cinematics
Producer: Sravanthi Ravi Kishore, Krishna Chaitanya
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Release Date: Oct 27, 2017
Ram and Kishore Tirumala’s first combination movie Nenu Sailaja was a silent hit. Will their second movie Vunnadi Okate Zindagi create wonders, let’s see…
Abhiram aka Abhi (Ram) and Vasu (Sree Vishnu) are very good friends since childhood. Abhi who is rich by birth sacrifices a top school to go to a normal and local school with his best friend Vasu. Both the friends complete their graduation. While Abhi is waiting for results, Vasu goes to Delhi on a project work. Meanwhile, Abhi meets a traditional girl Maha (Anupama Parameswaran) who happens to be a doctor. They become very close to each other. Since Maha’s is an orthodox family, she has few limitations in life. However, she starts open up in friendship with Abhi. An unexpected twist happens in the story after Vasu comes back to city. This incident leads to a clash between Abhi and Vasu. What is it? What happens to Maha? Will they ever unite?
1. Childhood Episodes
3. Few Dialogues
1. Sree Vishnu
2. Sluggish Narration
3. Production Values
We have seen several films based on friendship. How different is Vunnadi Okate Zindagi from them. The film’s story is not so unique and it has shades of few old movies. However, director Kishore Tirumala made magic in showcasing friendship of the two in childhood. We can observe purity in friendship in childhood episodes. In fact, the support of their parents to their friendship was persuasive. Good thing is we definitely memorize our childhood friends while watching these sequences, though the same friendship appears unrealistic, perhaps because of ordinary performance from Sree Vishnu. Ram and Anupama Parameswaran’s track was decent. However, the movie turns bit boring towards interval. Actually, the rock-band song was pretty normal. Second half starts with introduction of Lavanya Tripathi who runs a marriage bureau. She gets marriage contract of Ram and Sree Vishnu’s common friend. While Ram tries to convince Sree Vishnu in the marriage, the latter has his own problems for avoiding the former. Common friends couldn’t bear with the misinterpretation between Ram and Vishnu. The sequence of Sree Vishnu explaining his reason for staying away from Ram was convincing. Like in Nenu Sailaja, Kishore Tirumala set VOZ climax also in railway station where few interesting twists in the story were revealed.
As we all know Ram is a good performer. And he gave his 100% for Vunnadi Okate Zindage. We indeed travel with this character from start to end. His bonding with each and every character was credible. Sree Vishnu who played Ram’s friend is biggest drawback of the film. He is a single expression artist and gave almost similar expression for any sequence whether it is emotional, fun or romantic. Anupama Parameswaran was cool and innocent as doctor Maha. She looked polite in traditional outfits. Lavanya Tripathi was wasted completely. In fact, she didn’t fit well the role which needed her to wear trendy outfits. Priyadarshini was good as an alcohol lover. The restaurant and beer sequence of Priyadarshini in second half were hilarious. Anisha Ambrose who played a brief role has looked hot. Other artists were okay.
Kishore Tirumala is a good writer and there’s no doubt about it. He penned childhood episodes so convincingly. In fact, dialogues in key portions were thought-provoking. Nonetheless, Kishore failed as director. Most of the portions in second half were forcible, though climax was decent. Devi Sri Prasad has given good album. Nonetheless, the key song of Ram and Anupama performing on stage was not up to the mark. In fact, canning of the song was also ordinary. However, re-recording was delightful. Sameer Reddy’s cinematography was middling and editor Sreekar Prasad should have chopped few sequences in both the halves. Production values of Sravanthi Cinematics were below par.
Vunnadi Okate Zindagi is so slow sluggish in narration. However, there are few good and connecting moments in the film here and there.
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