Movie NameAla Vaikuntapuramlo
ActorAllu Arjun, Pooja Hegde, Tabu, Murali Sharma, Sachin Khedkar, Jayaram, Samutharkani
Rating: 3.5 stars
Sankranthi is the festival of freshness for any celebrating Telugu family in India and abroad. Keeping up with the spirit of freshness, any writer, director or star who offers something fresh that can be relished with the whole family has a sure shot at success. Director Trivikram Srinivas and Allu Arjun team up to finally gets this rule right.
Repackaging a classic 1980’s storyline of baby switch at birth with a tight and smooth screenplay, the director packs the complicated relationships and the twist of fortunes that ensue. A baby switch, an otherwise simple act, can breed a thousand sensitive stories. With the burden of ticking off checklists of a Tollywood A List starrer (Allu Arjun), Trivikram steers clear through intelligently. Therein lies the freshness of the movie. The star fans and families are entertained alike.
The chartbusting Thaman music backed with ensemble singing talents and lyrical geniuses, and PS Vinod’s earthy sepia toned cinematography add to the breezy pace of the story. Needless to say, the script rises above all in the technical departments. From the simplest of the morals to complicated of relationships, the lines spoken by the characters stay with you for a long time to cherish. The script keeps the drama sublime, characters real and the logical flaws pardonable. Every character that appears on screen to say a line or two, leaves an impact.
Allu Arjun comes up with one of his finest performances till date that is restrained yet delivers a punch when required. For a good dancer like him, the stunts are cakewalk, which like the songs are well blended in. Pooja Hegde, unlike the previous Trivikram heroines is strong and looks ravishing. Tabu who dubbed for herself has some tender moments with Jayram chipping in with a strong performance. It’s Murali Sharma who stands tall amongst all the support cast with his cringy middle-class dad character. Rajender Prasad, Sunil and others add to the comic relief.
Some special mentions must be made to the musical climax action sequence which is lyrical at its best. A Chiranjeevi family medley in a board room scene brings a smile on your face like the good old Namak Halal did. A well-grounded family drama and restraint maintained by the director, makes Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, a worthy Sankranthi festivity to indulge.