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Evaraina Epudaina: Telugu Movie Review

June 30, 2009

“Evaraina Epudaina” starring Varun Sandesh, Vimala Raman falls somewhere between an actor’s desperation to cement his place in Telugu films and a debutant director’s honest attempt to narrate an age old story from a different angle. The result of this attempt is an hotchpotch of  flashes of intelligence and  smart work marred by bad casting. Directed by Marthand K Shankar, “Evaraina Epudaina” is produced by AVM who foray into Telugu films after quite a long hiatus. The film is the story of an happy go lucky guy who’s obsessed with love…

Veera Venkata Satyanarayana aka Venkat garu (Varun Sandesh) is the perfect gen-Y kid on the block who believes in living his life to the fullest. Being the prankster he is, Venkat makes a killing by blackmailing people for fun. And one day his perfect life is shattered into million pieces when he lays his eyes upon Madhumita (Vimala Raman). After a spate of disconnected events, both Venkat and Madhu become friends and the rest of the story is about how Venkat makes Madhu fall in love with him.

Prior to the release of this film, the director Marthand K Shankar spoke at a press conference and said that the hero’s characterization is going to be very different in this film and that’s quite evident on screen. Varun Sandesh who’s back after two blockbusters in the form of Happy Days and Kotha Bangaru Lokam, has improved a lot here especially in fine tuning his accent to the normal standards. The role of Venkat as a prankster is well etched but Varun Sandesh in an attempt to get under the skin of role goes a mile too far. There are plenty of instances which should have had a more restrained approach from the hero, but the extra dose of enthusiasm which Varun carries plays a spoilsport. The problem with “Evaraina Epudaina” is it banks too much on Varun Sandesh and no wonder he’s omnipresent in the movie, almost in every other frame.

Romance, which should have been the main theme in this movie, is underplayed to a great extent. There’s hardly any chemistry between the lead actor/actress in the movie…you can’t blame the script for that, it’s just that the two didn’t have a spark on screen. Vimala Raman plays her part quite well but doesn’t suit in the role of Madhu especially in those scenes with Varun. A number of movie critics have already pointed out that she looks a bit too aged for Varun, but then she did have a brilliant smile in almost all the posters. So is it the fault of the makeup unit? Probably, yes. Further, given the infatuation that we people normally have for toned bodies, Vimala doesn’t exactly fit in the league of Anushka, Illeyana, Tamannah, Shriya. Ah…finally, there’s some respite from the cliched roles which Ali, Venu Madhav, Telengana Shakuntala, Rama Prabha have been playing all these years. Quite a few delightful moments in the movie occur when these actors are on screen. Perhaps that’s where the movie scores above everything.  Adarsh Balakrishna has a well written role which isn’t given any importance despite being at the centre of all action. He has all the traits of a good actor in the making and it’s time that we give him his due share of importance. And who’s that girl who played the role of Bhargavi?? I think I saw her in Current just a week ago…she’s looks like an younger and a better version of Karishma Kotak. Wonderful actress in the making and I hope she goes a long way in Tollywood.

Mani Sharma’s music and background score is good in this film. AVM should have experimented with someone like Mickey J Meyer or Yuvan Shankar Raja for the tunes…Cinematography by Venugopalan is brilliant. Especially the use of colours and light in songs and scenes shot inside the house is good. Editing by Marthand K Venkatesh is decent, although quite a few scenes and shots get repetitive in the latter half. And finally Marthand K Shankar who takes over the role as a director, story and screenplay department does well in narration. But fails to explore further on the two conflict points in the movie and ends the film a little too quickly. He focuses so much on Varun that the rest of the actors lack an emotional depth. Better luck next time!

“Evaraina Epudaina” is at heart an honest film with some charming moments. But does it belong to the league of Varun’s earlier movies? The answer is a definite NO. It’s an easy watch for those who don’t give a damn about the rest of the characters and the way a story evolves.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. rahul permalink
    July 4, 2009 4:07 am

    director tried his best but the casting was wrong…

  2. January 23, 2010 6:42 am

    Yay, this one is my favorite!!! I love it! 😀

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