After umpteen flicks featuring Rayalseema factionalists, it's good to watch a good 'ol urban violence movie. The story is familiar: a small town guy comes to the big bad city, opposes the local dons, rallies against corrupt politicians and brings justice to the world. In the meantime he has a village lass and a city babe head over heels behind him.
Veede is a remake of Tamil super hit Dhool. Ravi Teja is the perfect choice for the role, since like Vikram (Dhool's hero) he too has risen from the very bottom of the film industry. Also like Vikram, he can do comedy and action with great impact.
It's also nice to see Ravi Teja slowly evolving into a mass hero after all those flicks where he plays a lost youth madly in love. His rise has been meteoric, and the reason many people love him is because his story gives them hope. A struggler becoming an achiever. That's what fairy tales are made of.
Since I've already spilled the beans on the story, there's no point pursuing that any further. But I have to add that the reason Ravi Teja comes to the city is to get a minister's help in cleaning up his village's water supply. Sayaji Shinde is amazing as the power-hungry minister simply because he's too convincing to be a fictitious character. This leads to great showdowns between our wronged hero and the corrupt politician.
Reema Sen is PHAT (Pretty, Hot And Tempting) while Aarti Agarwal is, simply put, fat. Reema Sen is so PHAT that in any scene she's in, nothing else matters. And Aarti Agarwal is so fat that any scene she's in, nothing else fits. Okay, a bit exaggerated, but I do hope she can lose some weight and look as ravishing as she did in Nuvvu Naaku Nachchaav.
All the "mass" songs in the film are amazing while all the duets remind you of those of the late 80s, like the ones Jeetendra specialized in. But the most surprising song has to be Telangana Sakuntala's rendition of a folk number egging the hero to wipe out all opposition. Lots of double meaning dialogues also cater to the front benchers.
Let's stop all this dilly-dallying and get back to the man of the moment, Ravi Teja. His amazing character twist just before the interval leaves you on edge, but the second half disappoints. This guy can dance well, fight well and do just about everything all of today's mass heroes do. His simple demeanor brings authenticity to his role. We sure hope his coming movies can establish him as an out and out mass hero, something he's been talking about for years.