Telugu movies are no longer dumb and are evolving to greater heights with intense performances and intelligent scripts. That's evident from some of the films released this year like Prasthanam and now Vedam.
Vedam is about everyone around you. Cable Raju (Allu Arjun) is a poor cable operator who is set out to get 40,000rs either by hook or by crook so that he could impress his girlfriend's parents. Vivek Chakravarthy (Manchu Manoj) is part of a budding band in the city and he is off to give the performance of his life in Hyderabad.
Saroja (Anushka) is a prostitute who is planning to run away to a city so that she could expand her business. And Rahimuddin Qureshi (Manoj Bajpai) is a typical middle-class Muslim man who feels insecure in his own country and decides to move abroad.
There's also another story of Ramulu (Nagayya) who is a weaver from Sirisilla and is buried under debts. He takes a loan from one of the financier in the village and is forced to repay the inflated interests. The financier takes away his grandson until he repays the loan. His desperate attempt to repay the loan leads him to the city and the rest is how he gets the money.
But things don't go as they thought they would and leads to one big event where their lives are held by a bunch of guys.
First of all, I must really congratulate Radhakrishna (Krish) for taking up such a wonderful film. His script is flawless and you actually get a feel as if you are reading a nicely written novel. The director makes sure everything is close to reality and stitches this masterpiece excellently. The sub plots of the movie were taken up brilliantly from time to time resulting to the climax where you could see everyone running around in a single frame.
Earlier Gamyam and now Vedam, these movies clearly depict the director's hold over the film and you won't feel a single bit which is unnecessary or boring.
Here is how my interest levels were at different parts of the film
Now coming to the performances, Allu Arjun as Cable Raju was at his usual best and fuels the crowd with a new dialogue to utter i.e., “Deenamma Jeevitham”. Manchu Manoj on the other hand as a band member resembles somewhat to the character of Hrithik Roshan in Lakshya and does the limited role he gets with diction.
Anushka (Saroja) strikes again breaking her stereotypic girl next-door image for the second time after Arundhathi. It need guts to accept such a difficult role and that too in an industry where people still aren't comfortable with onscreen kissing (referring to YMC kiss). Her performance is fine and her co-actor Karpuram(make-up man of Anushka in real life) does the job with perfection.
Nagayya as Ramulu was the best of the lot. He gets into the shoes of a poor man who is desperate to do anything to get his grandson back from the clutches of the financier and leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. Manoj Bajpai on the other hand wasn't at his best but was good.
There were powerful dialogues, action but a little less comedy. Brahmanandam was totally wasted. The only saving grace to keep you laughing was Allu Arjun and his buddy.
Personally, I didn't like M. M. Keeravani's score but the BGM went well with the flow of the film. There weren't many picturesque locations in the movie but the reality was well captured by the cinematographer.
On the whole, Vedam lays a firm foundation for young directors to bring out intelligent movies. With commercial elements and a strong social backdrop, Vedam is a must watch!