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Ramayya Vasthavayya Review

Ramayya Vasthavayya
Ravi Kandala /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
There is a dangerous trend in the Telugu film industry which causes people to refer to movies as "full meals for fans". When a movie is called this, it generally means that the hero strikes twice the usual number of poses and enacts a large number of crowd-pleasing antics in the movie for no rhyme or reason. These are also movies that are solely aimed at the fans of the various stars on the horizon. And considering the fact that there are so few superstars for our sizeable population, movies do well even if only the fans like them.

When measured by this yardstick, Ramaiya Vastavaiya will lead to healthy burps from most of the fans, with a few of them perhaps also collapsing due to over-eating. But when measured by any other yardstick - creativity, originality, subtlety or any such actual movie-making attribute - the general audience will emerge starved and dehydrated, probably on the verge of collapse due to a total lack of these factors.

Ramayya Vastavayya stars Jr. NTR in his 10,458th revenge drama. His character this time around is called Nandu, and he plays a (surprise, surprise) student. Except that he is not seen in college even once in the entire movie. The story is divided distinctly into two halves, and follows the template as strictly as possible.

The first half, like in 10,450 of NTR's movies, consists of Nandu leading a happy-go-lucky lifestyle, falling in love with the heroine Akarsha (Samantha), eve-teasing her until she reciprocates, and an interval bang with him hacking about 50 people to death.

The second half almost immediately plunges into a flashback, which features our hero in an extremely loving family (the moment you see all the laughing faces pampering him, you know they are up for slaughter), another heroine Ammulu (Shruti Hassan) whom he falls in love with and gets his big family to accept, a big massacre with the villains killing 50 people and hero killing twice the number with only him and the main villain escaping unscathed, a prompt return to the present, and the final showdown where good (the hero who kills roughly 300-400 people in the movie) man vanquishes the villain (who hardly manages to hurt the hero's family). Of course, with 2-3 songs added to the mix.

At the end of this film, too, we wonder what makes our heroes take up these projects. Ramayya Vastavayya is like just about every other movie NTR's done - Aadi, Samba and Narasimhudu feature pretty much exactly the same plot.

NTR tries his hand at comedy with a fair amount of success, emotes pretty well, dances like a dream (though the dances look repetitive by the final song), and fights as ridiculously as the stunt masters tell him to. He has also gone back to his lean look, and this movie definitely features him at his best in his now-thin, now-fat career.

Samantha and Shruti Hassan are perfect fillers and hardly have roles worth mentioning. The appeal of Chinmayi's voice for Samantha is also wearing off. The other actors - and there are a lot of them - all go through the motions.

Harish Shankar does a lazy job with Ramaiya Vastavaiya. Showing Rohini Hattangadi as a granny who exercises listening to Sheela Ki Jawaani and whose phone ringtone is Gangnam Style is seriously not funny. The punchlines are all there, but the situations in which they are used take the punch out of them. And with so many complaints about the way we glorify eve-teasing in our movies, is it really necessary to show the hero pursue the heroine in such a manner?

Thaman scores his same old music. It is cacophonic and leaves you with a splitting headache.

There is only so much gore that you can take, so much violence that you can tolerate, and so many hacked limbs and bodies that you can see without gagging. Ramaiya Vastavaiya crosses those limits comfortably. And a running time of 166 minutes means this Rammayya overstays his welcome. Go by all means if you are a fanboy, but for better results, spend the long weekend at home.
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harish on 15th Oct 2013, 2:17pm | Permalink
2 songs good movie below average
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Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - Yes
praveen on 13th Oct 2013, 12:18am | Permalink
nanna buddoda fans guddaludi pothunnai koncham alochinchi cinema thei
NTR on 12th Oct 2013, 11:15pm | Permalink
Waste to comment on this worst movie
nag on 12th Oct 2013, 7:58pm | Permalink
Bagundi not bad better than attarenteke daredi
nikki on 13th Oct 2013, 10:00pm | Permalink
Ni bonda ra ni bonda
anamika on 14th Oct 2013, 1:00pm | Permalink
aniki bondaalekkadivi? bondha anali.
king on 13th Oct 2013, 9:06am | Permalink
ntr have to learn from PK how to do his role not copy of all heros so i think the movie is floppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp9999999999999
raju on 12th Oct 2013, 7:06pm | Permalink
Gabbar Singh chusina tarvathe.. artham ayyipoyundali... Hareesh Shankar Hero image vaadukovadam tappa, inka emi cheyaleni Director ani...
Pls, atleast now heroes should realize this and give films to good talented directors, instead of giving to those who doesnt have any matter in them.

Attarintiki Daredhi is a hit ... becoz its not only about PK, but also it has al the elements... its for evrybody, not just NTR fans..

Pls dont offer movies to Puri Jagannath and Hareesh Shankar.. Their movies are duds and can run only on hype, and hero image..
KESAV on 12th Oct 2013, 1:28pm | Permalink
pravin on 12th Oct 2013, 1:06pm | Permalink
harish shankar maatalu ekuva pani takuva.
with the money and star cast and a good performers like ntr and thaman,u made a routine and a boring movie.
youtube small movie directors are much better than you
Mohammed Asif on 12th Oct 2013, 1:04pm | Permalink
Bekar movie..Enduku ila teesaro ardam kala..Starting comedians tho fight scenes, heroin love lo paddaniki reson ledu..secon half violence.. too much.. Dance kuda marala..waste.
keerthan on 12th Oct 2013, 12:07pm | Permalink
Another flop to ntr::)the reason is harish shankar's over Confidence.....after the biggest hit of gabber singh harish shankar is not up to mark...but its funny to see that ntr's fans or still saying movie super hit...????this year belongs to the king of andhar pavan kalyan for attarintiki daredi
raj on 12th Oct 2013, 11:54am | Permalink
below average better than flop movie
santhsoh kumar putta on 12th Oct 2013, 10:56am | Permalink
amma nanna tamil ammai hit ayyindani purijagnnadh ki andhravala ichhavu,athanokkade hit ayyindani surender reddy ki ashok ichhavu,balyya ki manchi hits ichhadani b gopal ki narasimhudu ichhavu,malli kick hit ichhadani vusaravalli ichhavu surender reddy ki,dookudu hit ichhadani badshah annavu,gabbarsingh hit ichhadani ramayaa vastadannavu .
deeni batti neeku emi ardamayyindi
aa madhya business man hit ayyindani prujagannadh tho deal annavu malli puri flop llo vunnadani cancel chesavu.
neeku cinema selction story selection directro selection emina telusa
simple logic marchipotunnavau talented chanec ivvu neeku hit istaru
Rohith sharma on 13th Oct 2013, 11:51am | Permalink
baga cheppav boss mundu directors cinemalu hit ayyayi ani malli same directors ki commit ayyadu but cinema rv flo kani cinema 1st half parla kani sc half lo rebel,racha idarrammayalatho mix chesi remix chesinattu vundhi sec half
king on 13th Oct 2013, 12:43am | Permalink
bhayaaaa , nuvu kekaaaaa ;)
chowdary on 12th Oct 2013, 10:28am | Permalink
babu budda ntr ippatikaina hit ichhina directors tho kakunta flop lo vunna dirctor tho gani kotta director tho kani lekapote talent vunnavallatho cinema cheyyu appudu hit vastadi eppudu maratavo emto
dull raju on 12th Oct 2013, 8:59am | Permalink
as usual, you find mega fans saying this movie sucks without even watching...and ntr fans trying to defend it :/
real raju on 12th Oct 2013, 11:10pm | Permalink
Dabbulu nuvedu ra ra dull ga
naresh on 12th Oct 2013, 10:33am | Permalink
solu apu nayana
suren chowdary on 12th Oct 2013, 7:44am | Permalink
Baboi budda NTR enka nuvu appudu martav ra chudalekapotunam routine films
Karik on 12th Oct 2013, 4:28am | Permalink
This is too much guys mirchi resemblance to dammu nayak resemblance to simhadri and some more movies. But u boost up those movies by giving 3.5 even nothing new in ad no dance not much better song but u made it as blockbuster. Comedy cheste comedy movie, action cheste comedy ledu ra antaru, love cheste action comedy ledu ra antaru. I don't know really this is struggle period for ntr but I always with you Tarak sir
srinu on 12th Oct 2013, 12:39am | Permalink
waste movie
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