Since the theatres were fully functional from October last year, there were two major Hindi releases – one being Sooryavanshi and the other being 83. But there were a string of other films to have released as well between the release dates of these two. And there was this one film that did slip under the radar. The film was Velle which did not make much noise at the Box Office. However, it finally did make its way to an OTT platform this weekend and I have finished watching it. An official remake of the Telugu film Brochevarevarura(which I absolutely loved), does Velle which is out on Amazon Prime manage to impress, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
An official Hindi Remake of the original Telugu film Brochevarevarura, Velle follows the story of three youngsters who get embroiled in a kidnapping which they did not commit. The story is filled with laughter and confusion and is definitely a good one. The area where remakes often fail is the screenplay. But here the screenplay is pretty impressive. The basic trajectory is similar to the telugu one but the writers definitely add their own bit and it works like a charm. The first half is spent in introducing the characters and the world around them. Here there are several sequences that are entertaining and they do manage to leave a smile on your face. There are three separate incidents that do unfold at the same time. For those who may have watched the original would know how the story would eventually unfold but for those who haven’t watched the original, there is a twist in the tale at the halfway mark that paves way for a second half filled with confusions. The proceedings are entertaining and they will keep you invested throughout leading upto a fun filled final act that might also teach you a lesson or two. Overall, a well adapted screenplay here.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are filled with one liners that will make you chuckle at times and may also leave you in splits. The music is good but definitely should have been better. But there are quite a few original compositions here which is a rarity these days in Hindi films. The BGM is good and manages to hold your attention throughout. Director Deven Munjal does a pretty good job keeping the tempo of the film fast, taut and entertaining. What that does is that you are invested in the drama throughout.
The performances are pretty good. Zakir Hussain, Mahesh Thakur, Rakesh Kumar are impressive in their respective roles which have a dash of humour. Mouni Roy as Rohini looks pretty and does a good job. Abhay Deol as Rishi is brilliantly understated. Anya Singh as Riya is first rate and does a pretty good job. Savant Singh Premi as Rambo and Visshesh Tiwari as Raju impress us with some good comic timing. Karan Deol as Rahul is a stark improvement from his debut film Pal Pal Dil Ke Pass. He can still do better I feel, he can pick and choose scenes where he need not try to bring out humour and instead just be himself. But this indeed is a better outing for him and wish he continues to select such scripts that are different from the standard choices. Hope to see him upwards and onwards from here.
Velle is a fun filled crime comic caper that does keep you entertained throughout. Available on Amazon Prime.