Jan 17, 2008

Vaana Review


Cast: Vinay, Meera Chopra, Jayasudha, Seetha, Suman, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam and others
Director: MS Raju

MS Raju’s directorial debut is a love story that's poorly narrated. The film is a remake of the Kannada film Mungaru Male, and is faithful to the original except for the climax. Heavy dialogues and slow narration ruin the film. Even the melodious songs, shot in picturesque locations fail to save the film. Unlike other love stories with twists and turns, Vaana is based on a straight narration with unnecessary emphasis on emotions. The film might appeal to those who are suckers for love stories.

The story is something like this – Abhi (Vinay), a mischievous and lovable young man, is in love with Nandini (Meera Chopra) who is already engaged to another person. How the hero manages to win Nandini's love forms the rest of the story, with a twist towards the climax.

Upcoming Tamil hero, Vinay, plays his role to perfection, but the dubbed voice does not gel with Vinay's body language. Meera Chopra, the Bangaram girl, gives a mature performance. Jayasudha, as the mother of the hero, does a commendable job with her sensitive portrayal. Naresh's performance as the hero's father is good and contributes to the comedy track in the film. Yesteryear’s heroine, Seetha, who plays the mother of the heroine, is still glamourous, and Suman's role as Colonel Chowdary, father of the girl, is routine but interesting.

Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Rajitha and MS Narayana come out with simple but enjoyable comedy. The characterisation of the villain (Ajay), as a violent man fails to draw any sympathy.
The songs alone are a saving grace. Beautiful locations and the rain sequences have been aesthetically shot by cameraman Sekhar V Joseph. Music by Kamalakar is good. However, the melodrama becomes unbearable towards the end of the film and the audience, who have put up with a slow narration throughout, are only too glad to get out of the theatre.

Verdict: A boring love story


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