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Namo Venkatesa Review

Namo Venkatesa
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
6.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
8.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
Yes
Good for dates
Yes
Wait to rent it
No
You don't plan a drive through the countryside just to get to a particular destination - chances are that you'd enjoy it for the sights and smells, for the company, and for the conversation. Namo Venkatesa is like sitting with people making banal conversation, traveling on a beaten path, in a gorgeous but sputtering car.

It really would have helped if the fuel didn't run out 2km before you were reaching your stop.

The problem is that Sreenu Vytla is known to have driven roller-coasters in the past, so when he drives a car for once, it feels a little more hollow than it should. Namo Venkatesa is not a bad film, but coming from a man used to delivering excellence, it falls short. Vytla is someone who simply cannot afford to even pause for breath - and if he does, he must do it when no one's watching.

Firstly, the plot of Namo Venkatesa is surprisingly twist-free. Venkataramana (Venkatesh) is a small-time ventriloquist who goes to Paris for a talent hunt, that's being organized by a crooked trio headed by Paris Prasad (Brahmanandam). When Venkataramana falls in love at first sight with Prasad's niece Pooja (Trisha), Prasad, a man who lives off swindling others, decides to milk this for whatever it's worth. So he asks the reluctant Pooja to play along and even pretend that she likes Venky, and the latter falls for the ruse.

Pooja is an orphan who is also the inheritor of a stupendous fortune, and is eyed by evil relatives (Mukesh Rishi, Jayaprakash Reddy) that include Prasad himself. Now she's brought back to India to be forced to marry a lout of a cousin (Subbaraju), and she has to be rescued from house arrest. So despite Pooja's pleas to Prasad to end the game with Venky, he continues the hoax because he, too, has a stake in saving Pooja.

Venky, in all earnestness, joins Prasad to get Pooja out of the place, through a plan masterminded by Prasad, but in fact micro-masterminded by Venky. Several comical situations thus arise out of the effort.

There sure are plenty of hilarious dialogues and sequences in Namo Venkatesa, and maybe even a joke or two that you'd remember even after getting home. Comic timing isn't a problem here, either - the whole cast delivers.

However, what happens is that the entire movie is run on the premise of a guileless hero being conned. The comedy's supposed to come in to help release the indignation that you're feeling at the injustice - by showing how craftily the bluff is called. Instead, Namo Venkatesa gives up on the writing at a crucial time, and chooses to make Venky declare himself superhero and bash goons up by the dozen.

Then, the absence of romance, especially with a talented actress on board, is inexplicable. It's one man's imagination that's driving the courtship, and even taking it nowhere conclusive.

The lead pair looks like a million bucks, though. Venkatesh and Trisha pull off the expected quality of performances as well. Even if Brahmanandam's role tapers off pretty soon in terms of novelty, and the others have cliched roles, all the artistes are veteran entertainers.

The music is pleasant, though lacking in memorable tunes. Slick, glossy picturization helps the film along, and the songs are eye-candy.

Don't get us wrong - the drive is fun, but you might as well have done this at home.
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  • Cast
    Venkatesh, Trisha, Brahmanandam, Akash, Mukesh Rishi, Jayaprakash Reddy, Telangana Shakuntala, Chandramohan, Sudha, Surekha Vani, Master Bharat
  • Music
    Devi Sri Prasad
  • Director
    Srinu Vytla
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Good for kids - Yes
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Wait to rent it - Unsure
hari on 17th Jan 2010, 1:02pm | Permalink
as friends said, there is nothing new in this movie. its soo boring and predictable. and in this movie, brahmanandam character is too prolonged and boring. directors can't expect a hit by creating a boring comedy episode. pls dont encourage these type of movies. our movie industry need to develop, they just want money, they are showing up the talent.
anyways, this movie sucks.

Pros: nothing
Cons: everything
SUNEEL on 15th Jan 2010, 9:17am | Permalink
there is nothing new offered in this movie and it's a old wine in old bottle...srinu vaitla repeats all the hilarious episodes of his previous movies and instead of feeling light we feel bored...

Pros: foriegn locales in songs
Cons: every thing else
RATING
3
srivardan on 14th Jan 2010, 3:09pm | Permalink
Good movie from venky
Portuguese Man-of-War on 14th Jan 2010, 2:02pm | Permalink
srinu vytla's movies are known for good comedy and genius in plots (especially the second half), and this one is not up to the mark that way. there's a depressing overtone all through since venkatesh is being cheated, there is no romance (exactly like in aaduvari matalaku...), and the comedy is good only in fits and bursts.
RATING
6
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