A start of a brand new week but let us finish a few leftovers from the weekend now shall we? So last night I finished watching the new Telugu Film Vivaha Bhojanambu on SonyLiv. It took me a while to get to this film as almost my entire Sunday was spent in finishing the magnum opus The Empire on Hotstar whose review you can read on the site as well. That left me very little time to actually get to the other new release. Now that I have finally watched it, is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Vivaha Bhojanambu follows the story featuring a married couple who get stuck with their family under one roof due to the lockdown which was imposed during the first outbreak of the pandemic. The story is light hearted and aspires to be a wholesome family entertainer. The screenplay has many moments that will either make you chuckle or put a smile on your face. Some of the humour here is slapstick and might seem a bit silly or far fetched but that is exactly how the film is. It does not take itself very seriously and wants the audience to just enjoy the buffonary instead of using their brains in finding logic. Which is not to say that the drama isn’t seamless. There are a few clever twists and turns that will keep you invested throughout. The first hour is nice and breezy although a little repetitive which I will get to in a bit, the second half seems slightly manipulated towards reaching the destination. In the climax, the screenplay tries to introduce a slightly emotional trajectory which is decent. On the downside, there are quite a few scenes which seemed to be repetitive. This could have been cut down and reduced its overall runtime. But overall a pleasant screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are pleasant and some of them will force you to chuckle. Here I would also point out that some of the humour may have been lost in translation and the subtitles would only be able to convey a part of the humour. The music is decent although the songs wern’t really required. The BGM is decent as well. Director Ram Abbaraju has done a good job here keeping the drama light and frothy.
The performances are the highlight here. Sundeep Kishan as Nellore Prabha is hilarious in a cameo and adds a lot of star power to this film. Sudharshan playing a character with the same name is decent. Srikanth Iyengar as Radha Krishna is outstanding and really does a commendable job. Aarjavee Raj as Anitha looks very pretty and has a magnetic presence onscreen. And she does a superb job, being restrained in many scenes. But the captain of the ship is none other than Satya. As Mahesh, he puts up a staggering performance. You may have earlier seen him in a bunch of comic roles. Here as usual his comic timing is impeccable that evokes many laughs but he has an emotional side too which is well portrayed. And his chemistry with Anitha is pretty good too!
Vivaha Bhojanambu is a light hearted family entertainer. Available on SonyLiv.