Nov 22, 2013

Varna Movie Review

Film: Varna Cast & Crew
Starring: Arya, Anushka Shetty, Radhika, Siva Karthikeyan
Director: Selvaraghavan
Producer: Prasad V Potluri
Banner: PVP Cinemas
Music: Harris Jayaraj, Anirudh Ravichander

Varna - Story

It is about two love stories in two different worlds. Madhu (Arya) and Ramya (Anushka) fall in love and when everything seems bright to the couple an unfortunate thing happens. Now Madhu is taken to another world by some super power. There he meets Mahendra (Arya) and Varna (Anushka). Is there some purpose for Madhu to come to that world?

Other World Story: A place where people have not experienced the feel of love. Mahendra (Arya) falls in love in the first instance with Varna (Anushka Shetty) and marries her. But as they don’t understand the feeling they get separated. Due to a time worm Mahendra goes to Earth and saves Madhu. The rest of the story is about who ends up with Varna.

Varna - Star Performance
The less said about the acting skills of the lead cast, the better. There seems to be a big race happening to decide who will come up with the worst performance. Arya is wooden faced in Mahendra’s character and tries to portray his emotions in Madhu’s role. Similarly Anushka is ok in her role as Ramya but failed to live in the character of Varna. Rest of the characters just ham it up.

Varna - Technicalities:

Director tried to do create some different world like Avatar in this movie. Most of the creatures in that world resemble Avatar's animals. Other than that his imagination is silly. Graphics are just okay. They are not cheap and also not that great. Cinematography is good and background score is fine. Songs are not impressive. Editing is not up to the mark. Production values are rich.

The only problem is the film didn’t need to spend more than two and a half hours explaining this when the concept became clear within the first half hour. Also two stories are so loosely connected that they ultimately feel like pointless padding.The constant lurching between different plots also makes it difficult for any character development. There were some good set-ups early on, like Amma – Evil connection or a mysterious time worm. But these never mounted to anything. These could have easily been taken much further and tied the stories closer together.

The film boasts twists and turns but in the end you've probably seen them all before and they will not surprise too many people with where it goes.Tamil director Selva Raghavan, who is known as Sri Raghava for Telugu audience has come up with a romantic fantasy film Varna. This is made in Tamil as Iraandam Ulagam. Anushka and Arya played the leads.

Cinematography by Ramji is very mediocre. Especially shots in another world were very blurry. Harris Jayaraj music is fine but the songs were situation less and shot with casual choreography. Must say Anirudh Ravichander BGM is the major asset of the movie.

Especially BGM in scene where Arya fights with mysterious animal and Interval sequence receives a special mention. Graphics in the film are second grade and failed to elevate mythical second world scenes. Fights in the film are very ordinary. Lip sync is missing in the major scenes connected to Amma - Varna - Mahendra. Production Values of the movie is grand.

Varna - Analysis
Have you ever felt like there is a after life? Had a case of Déjà vu? Felt like you have seen something after you lost it but you aren’t sure where?

First half of the movie itself is enough to know that Varna is going to be a torturous movie till the end. There is no plot or story whatsoever. Director had a vague idea about true love and he simply experimented by making a movie with so many crores. It will not only leave holes in the pockets of investors, but also will out its audience through endless torture.