The Movie: Venkatadri Express
Caption: Captivating and Adventurous train, Thumbs Up
Savvy’s Rating: 2.75/5
Zephyr: Story, Direction, and Sundeep Kishan (Hero)
• Hero driving lorry on a jet speed in local roads
o My quick thought, “wish the Director had chosen Hero’s uncle saying, we are in Tirupati (close to the Train Station) than letting Hero to do the rash Lorry driving, in one of the scenes. Crazy!”
• Drinking and speed driving by Tagubothu Ramesh (Although “drinking is injurious to health” disclaimer was shown on the screen, missed warning the audience about “drinking and driving” accidents)
• Songs are a minus
• On and Off words of wisdom (bhaashan) from the Hero
After his short film – “Karmara Devuda” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHHfHAq_hB4, Director Merlapaka Gandhi came up with a full fledge entertainer by name “Venkadri Express”.
This is one of the movies where I have seen the perfect entry and exit of key characters in the story. This is an example of great home work and extra care to deliver a quality product.
Small movies need more promotions and greater number of screens to make it available to the people. Hope the crew makes every effort to get this movie closer to the audience.
Story in a nutshell:
A middle class – mother, father, two sons and a daughter – well-knit family. The Father, a strict retired headmaster, who counts each mistake done by his family members. Anyone touching 100th mistake would be thrown out of the house. His wife is an asthmatic patient. Of all family members, younger son, the Hero, is a brat and is the one who made 99 mistakes so far; one more mistake, and he is out of the house. The family members are worried about him and requesting him not to make another grave mistake.
As the family starts for Tirupati for hero’s brother’s wedding, they forget the “mangalsutra (the sacred thread). As Hero’s mom starts worrying on how her husband reacts upon knowing the same, the Hero promises her that he will get the “mangalsutra” before the train leaves. Except Father and the Hero’s brother, rest of the family is aware of this issue. This is THE turning point in Hero’s life. As he starts way out of the train station to his home to pick up the item, he meets the Heroine in an unconventional way. He very soon realizes that he missed the train at the starting point, and ventures out to catch it in the next station. Catching the train in the next stop becomes almost impossible; during his trials, he meets various characters, faces troubles, romance blooms between the hero and the heroine, and in a cinematic twist he saves an unknown love birds from goons and marries them off. As the train stops at Tirupati, the Hero wakes up as if he had a good night sleep.
How the Director unfolded each situation that is faced by the Hero and saved him, how the Hero narrated the stories to his family members the next day, does the father ever come to know about Hero’s escapade and considered it as his 100th mistake and kicked him out of the house, how some situations are inter-related and made a great climax are to be seen on the screen.
Like every movie, this one too has some glitches. However, I couldn’t stop myself appreciating team’s effort and intent to make it more appealing.
1. Story and Cinematography are the big strength of the movie
2. The overnight escapades of the Hero to catch Venkatadri Express (train) has been narrated and shown very well
3. Director is successful in keeping the suspense and excitement till the climax
4. Key characters have a proper entry and exit and equal linkage in the story till the climax
5. Dastagiri and Brahmaji characters have come out real good
Go and watch the movie. It won’t disappoint you. .
– Story, Direction
– Sandeep Kishan, Saptagiri (Dastagiri character)