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Aadi Vishnu Review

Aadi Vishnu
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Aadi Vishnu is such a lousy movie, you have to watch 10 lousier movies after that and then watch it again to feel better about the money and time you spent on it. That is, however, where the bigger problem lies - finding 10 lousier movies. We at had to travel to other cities and watch incredibly crappy films in languages we do not even understand, to meet that target.

Aadi Vishnu is a Dasari Narayana Rao product - a director whose last hit was a few years before you were born, and who will probably still be making movies a few years after you are dead, with names still like Kondaveeti Simhasamam and Osey Ramulamma. Sure, he had a good run in his heyday, but it's not his generation that's watching movies anymore, and very, very few directors have given hits in their 60s or beyond. Even a K Vishwanath gracefully retired when he realized he couldn't connect any more.

Aadi Vishnu stands out for incredibly inept writing (this one's story, screenplay and dialogues are by Dasari Narayana Rao), a hero who wouldn't clear a screen test for a school play, and bottom-of-the-barrel research (for starters, it's not Lumbana Park, Mr. Rao, it's Lumbini Park - and that's just for starters). Aadi Vishnu (Dasari Arun - yes, the son) is a geek wiz whose anti-virus software that he wrote single-handedly is being used by the world's leading IT companies (putting Symantec and its 10,000 employees out of business - we told you about the research that went into this).

With father (Kota) in tow, he leaves for Hyderabad to check out which company is good enough for him to work with. Unfortunately, when he is in the city, the Lumbini Park and Gokul Chaat blasts happen, and just as he is about to leave for the US, the cops nab him as the prime suspect.

The reason they do this is that the officer in charge of the investigation (Jeeva) is on the payroll of Yadagiri (Pradeep Rawat) and his wife Jakkamma (Aishwarya), gangsters who have anointed a flunkie of theirs (Suman) as the home minister, and Vishnu has taken the evil couple on when he saves Anjali (Sneha) from their clutches and beats up their henchmen.

This is from where the movie betrays the sell-by date of its writer. Instead of being a thriller that shows Vishnu emerge winner through clever planning, it becomes a sentimental tear-jerker (though you cry for other reasons) showing a despondent Vishnu defeated and imprisoned, his father dying of the trauma, and only luck getting him out of prison in a few years. The rest of the movie is killed by the dialogues and their delivery, and almost kills you.

Which brings us to the hero. Dasari Arun is so wooden, you become nervous and clam up everytime he has to face the camera. The best way to make a movie with him as hero is to use a different hero. Sneha is of course expressive and salvages your experience a bit, though it would have helped save the movie if they also had Ileana in it. And Shriya, Genelia, Asin, Kamalinee Mukherjee and Parvati Melton. And Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.

The songs pop up so inopportunely and old-fashionedly, it makes the Dasari Narayana Rao experience complete. And the reckless use of 2 real incidents that ripped through the psyche of our city, for commercial purposes, and showing the cops as corrupt in handling Hyderabad's biggest terror strikes, makes the script a base, insensitive product, too. Finally, if you can stay till the end of the movie (we left after what felt like 5 hours), we have a special award for you. If you can bear to be given it, you surely deserve it.

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  • Cast
    Dasari Arun, Sneha, Suman, Pradeep Rawat, Aishwarya, Jeeva, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Venu Madhav, Ali, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, M S Narayana, Prema
  • Music
    M M Srilekha
  • Director
    Bharath Parepalli
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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