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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
Prithvi Krishna on 11th Oct 2013, 5:07pm | Permalink
Movie story routine and not up to the mark
reddy on 12th Oct 2013, 12:08am | Permalink
Thu indialo intha worst people unttara filam parvaledu meer chepinanthat worst ga kuda ledu
Hari on 11th Oct 2013, 5:11pm | Permalink
No plans to watch this (or any of the so called "full meals for fans" movies). But you said it right
"And considering the fact that there are so few superstars for our sizeable population, movies do well even if only the fans like them."
This is the problem with Telugu movies. No motivation for the makers to bother with a script. They anyway make millions without a need for one. Look at Atharintiki and countless other movies from the likes of VV Vinayak. (Dynastic) Super stars and their rabid (dynastic) fans will make sure this trend would continue for decades.
Deva on 11th Oct 2013, 5:57pm | Permalink
True..I wish everyone in AP had the same level of intelligence as you. Kandala should have been given the chance to review Attarintiki movie. He seems to be the only sane guy at FH.
Hari on 11th Oct 2013, 7:19pm | Permalink
True about Ravi K. There should be a rating button for reviewers :)
He does not seem to fall for star hype. There aren't many "big" movies
he has reviewed though. The girls seem to beat him to the gates there!!! (which is a pity)
Kamineni on 11th Oct 2013, 7:00pm | Permalink
Loud background score, routine story and boring second half made this look bad.
seshu on 11th Oct 2013, 7:09pm | Permalink
"the moment you see all the laughing faces pampering him, you know they are up for slaughter" ... ha ha ha... great review
Rakesh Reddy on 11th Oct 2013, 7:49pm | Permalink
Movie is is a all time blockbuster !!
baachi on 11th Oct 2013, 8:21pm | Permalink
Good and funny review. Liked it
akki on 11th Oct 2013, 8:58pm | Permalink
nice,but ramarav can impruv is would beter tohim.
sagatu prekshahudu on 11th Oct 2013, 8:58pm | Permalink
good movie worth watch one time and for fans 2 times
harinag on 11th Oct 2013, 9:38pm | Permalink
yeah! guys movie is of course fine, bad, headache...... that's how you will feel after watching it. Not worth in this festive season. With family you have Attarintiki daredi as a good option. No vulgarity in it.
santosh on 11th Oct 2013, 10:07pm | Permalink
waste movie full of head ach....pls pls pls dont watch it ever
nav on 11th Oct 2013, 10:15pm | Permalink
The Worst . Another flop of ntr
srinivas reddy on 11th Oct 2013, 10:20pm | Permalink
worst movie, please take tiger balm while going to the movie, its a mixed movie bonanza of rebel and narsimdu, worst movie
srinu on 12th Oct 2013, 12:39am | Permalink
waste movie
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
suren chowdary on 12th Oct 2013, 7:44am | Permalink
Baboi budda NTR enka nuvu appudu martav ra chudalekapotunam routine films
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