Movie Review: Vangaveeti
Cast: Sandeep Kumar, Naina Ganguly, Sritej, Vamsi Chaganti, Koutilya and Others
Cinematography: Rahul Srivastava-Dileep Varma-Surya Chowdary
Producer: Dasari Kiran Kumar
Story, Screenplay & Direction: Ram Gopal Varma
Release Date: 23rd December 2016
Crime-based subjects are the forte of Ram Gopal Varma. He, however, wasn't able to deliver impactful films after 'Raktha Charithra'. Trailers gave a feeling that 'Vangaveeti' would a befitting reply the critics who had written him off. Did this biopic live up to the hype?
Vangaveeti Radha (Sandeep Kumar) establishes himself as a rowdy in Vijayawada with the support of Communist Leader Venkataratnam. After a point, Venkataratnam feels jealous of Radha's popularity and insults him. That's when Radha kills Venkataratnam and takes the city under his control. Thereafter, Devineni Brothers Gandhi (Koutilya) and Nehru (Sritej) joins Radha's Camp. After supporters of Venkataratnam hack Radha to death, His Younger Brother Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga takes his place. The rise of Ranga as a leader and his assassination plot forms rest of the tale!
Sandeep Kumar breathes life into the characters of Vangaveeti Radha and Vangaveeti Ranga. Intensity, expressions during the close-up shots, confidence and ease shown by him is praise worthy. Even his body language and voice suited the characters to the T. Credit to RGV for casting Sandeep Kumar and transforming him into Radha/Ranga.
Vamsi Chaganti as Devineni Murali and Sritej as Devineni Nehru are flawless. Naina Ganguly as Ratnakumari is quite good. Koutiya does complete justice to the role.
Detailing of Murder Plots
Lacks In-Depth Narration
Too Much Bloodshed
Music by Ravi Shankar is alright. 'Maranam' song is the best tune in the album. Background Score is as per the requirement. Although three Cinematographers worked for 'Vangaveeti', No one realizes any difference in the presentation of scenes as the trio worked as per RGV's School. Varma-mark Camera Angels and Aerial Shots will stand out. Dialogues were crisp & philosophical at times. RGV left a mark of his own on each and every scene in the movie. Taking-wise, Varma scores brownie points. He, however, didn't go in-depth and that's why the impact isn't strong enough.
Ram Gopal Varma has got a style of his own while dealing with crime-based subjects. He shows his expertise at picturizing murder scenes in a thrilling manner yet again with 'Vangaveeti'. Sadly, RGV focussed more on the assassination plots rather than narrating the back stories in a gripping manner.
'Vangaveeti' opens in an interesting manner with Venkataratnam episode and ends with Varma-mark murder scene. Thereafter, Audience get to see one murder after the other to make it tad boring. RGV didn't focus either on political influence or personal matters of Vangaveeti & Devineni Families. He hasn't even took a stand on whom among the two groups were right or wrong, but remained neutral. He tried not to touch controversial elements but managed to convey who conspired to kill Vangaveeti Ranga indirectly. Lack of gripping narration in these crucial scenes is a huge drawback.
Why does a Heroine need an Introduction Number & Marriage Song in a film like 'Vangaveeti'? Only RGV alone can answer this question! 'Maranam' Song which was used to establish the group wars is good enough but rest of the songs are like speed-breakers. Varma didn't present the rise of Ranga as a leader very affectively. As a result, Radha's Character gets elevated more than that of Ranga despite shorter screen time. There isn't even a single character as powerful as that of Bukka Reddy in 'Raktha Charithra'. So, That's going to be another minus point.
RGV-mark Taking, Camera Angels and Picturization of Scenes is quite impressive. He did succeed to present how Vijayawada used to be in the 80s to some extent. The way Varma ended the movie after the murder of Ranga by turning the camera towards Goddess Durga deserves a special mention. Overall, 'Vangaveeti' isn't one of the best films of RGV but definitely one of the better film from him.
Bottom Line: A Series of Murders!