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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
uvrvijayasaradhi on 31st Oct 2013, 5:22pm | Permalink
Correctgaa bhoomiki 5.5 adugulu ledu veedoko superhero. kodithe padimandi chasthaaru. cinemalo policele vundaru. ade bayatachesthe, thukkulaa thanni vuri theesthaaru. useless films. NTR has become a real torture to watch on screen. First shakti, then Dammu, tharvatha badshsh, oosaravelli, now ramayya vasthavayya. Scary fellow. I will stop watching his movies.
Vijay on 29th Oct 2013, 6:53pm | Permalink
ntr should do low budget film with good story and comedy because he can really act/emote very well. Got bored of listening to thundering dialogues.

I like his looks, dance, dialogues, his singing also. Meaningful movies makes real hero
Sreenath on 17th Oct 2013, 8:26pm | Permalink
Ntr must be far from choosing revenge back drop stories .
trimani on 16th Oct 2013, 11:43am | Permalink
am babu movie chudlada
balakrishna on 15th Oct 2013, 3:00pm | Permalink
worst movie dont watch
harish on 15th Oct 2013, 2:17pm | Permalink
2 songs good movie below average
harsha on 14th Oct 2013, 10:07am | Permalink
Very good movie must see and pawan want to learn fron ntr AD utter flop and ramayya vastavayya super hit
mallesh on 20th Oct 2013, 4:01pm | Permalink
ramayya really a time waste,nothing new to watch,as if it is like revising of old movis
Sai Harsha on 17th Oct 2013, 5:51pm | Permalink
ad utter flop a??/ edava
Jag on 15th Oct 2013, 4:12pm | Permalink
heee harsha ur are hundred percent correct, all are matured right they know who has to follow whom
thrilokh on 15th Oct 2013, 7:51am | Permalink
come on harsha be in reality
pavansri..... on 14th Oct 2013, 12:43pm
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GRGRGGR on 14th Oct 2013, 11:39am | Permalink
reddy on 14th Oct 2013, 1:41am | Permalink
See Ntr has not don wrong he was gd in this movie but .sir NTR pls select gd director and also music director
karthik on 13th Oct 2013, 10:58pm | Permalink
nice emovie than AD
kiran on 13th Oct 2013, 4:54pm | Permalink
overall its an above average movie....better to watch once
chinna on 13th Oct 2013, 4:42pm | Permalink
excellent movie.....
Deepak on 13th Oct 2013, 4:40pm | Permalink
Nice movie
Rajesh on 13th Oct 2013, 3:32pm | Permalink
Why ntr remakes his own movies so many times why these people make same revenge stories please try something new see and learn from Tamil actors and directors there r so many things to make movies please search for them
Your well wisher on 14th Oct 2013, 1:29pm
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chowdary on 13th Oct 2013, 2:46am | Permalink
not bad, can see it once
vasu on 13th Oct 2013, 12:27am | Permalink
horrible movie.. as simple as such!!!
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