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Devadas
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Reviewed onDec-15-2004
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Vijayendra Varma - Power of an Indian - released with much hype. Industrialist Konda Krishnamraju produced this one in the direction
of Swarna Subbarao. Vijayendra Varma in brief is a treat for Balakrishna fans. Some of the shots came out excellent. Screenplay in the
second half, especially as the film approaches the climax, let down this otherwise very good film.



Balakrishna lives with his wife (Laya) in tribal areas. He is referred to as chinna dora by the tribes there. Balakrishna has no
knowledge of his past. Whenever he tries to remember anything from the past, his wife and the doctor (Balayya) try to put the topic
aside. Owing to few circumstances Balakrishna realizes that he is skilled in combats. He pressures his wife to tell the truth. It comes from her
that he was found with bullet wounds in a river.


Balakrishna is now set on the trail to find his "real identity". He realizes that
he is Vijayendra Varma working for Indian Army. He also has a family. So what happened to the family? Why did Vijayendra Varma lose his
memory and end up in tribal areas? To get these details, watch the scintillating performance of Balakrishna on the silver screen as
Vijayendra Varma.



Main pillar of the film is Balakrishna. He gave an astounding performance as Vijayendra Varma. His portrayal of anger gives it
a meaning. If only the dialogues penned are more powerful, it would have been a blast of the performance. Ratnam did a decent job
but not a great job with dialogues. Dialogues for NBK should be powerful. That is his forte and also is expected by the audience.




Vijayendra Prasad's story resembles some old films like Kamal Hasan's Vijethalu. Also a striking similarity in the storyline can be
compared with Matt Damon's Bourne Identity. This film took long time to complete. Some inconsistencies and loop holes in the film
can be attributed to this time gap. Swarna Subbarao managed to get some excellent shots. Though the timing of the songs
could have been better, the picturization of the songs is superb.



Ankitha and Laya played the wives of Balakrishna in this film. Ankitha played a village belle Venkat Lakshmi, as the grand daugther of
Sakkinetipalli Raja. She filled the film with jive uttering dialogues in Godavari accent. Her dances are also a worth mention.
Laya did her role content enough. Brahmanandam duely justified the comedy responsibility that he took upon.
Asish Vidhyardhi and Mukesh Rushi did their roles well.




The film starts off in a gripping mode. The interest is kept alive through the entire first half. The screenplay starts
taking a dip and hence the grip on the story in the second half. As the movie progresses towards the climax, the
director is lost with the focus. As mentioned before, songs cameout excellent in the film. O Manmadha O Manmadha song
stands out the best in the film. Mysammao Mysammo song that comes in the second half is filled with mass beats.
In the songs, the wire-worked steps could have been avoided making the choreography more realistic. The same thing
applies to some of the stunts where unnecessary graphics were used.




The score in the background is OK but could have been better. The songs are better viewed. Music wise Koti gave out just average music. The effect is different on the screen. Due credit
goes to the director for that. Also Thanks to the expensive and artistic sets for the songs.



Overall, this is a film that is a treat to watch Balakrishna. Except for some slag in the second half and weak climax,
the film has got more than average of everything and good performances from Balakrishna, Laya and Ankitha.






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