Movie Review: Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi

RATING: 2.75/5

OVERVIEW: Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi is all about two friends Abhi (Ram) and Vasu (Sri Vishnu) who are well bonded right from their childhood. An unexpected incidents parts them away before which Abhi falls in love with a house surgeon Maha (Anupama Parameshwaran). At one point, Abhi decides to patch up with Vasu and the rest of the film is all about friendship, emotions and where Maggie (Lavanya Tripathi) finds herself in this process. Watch Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi to know about the twirls and what happens around.

REVIEW: The film begins interestingly establishing how deep their friendship is with the childhood episodes. Then the story cuts to the scene that they are no longer friends giving room for flashback sequence. The flashback episode – the story of Abhi and Maha and Vasu – is narrated in an interesting manner. Though there are many clichéd sequences this portion works out well due to the interval bang and pre-interval sequence of two friends proposing the girl on the same table.

Post interval, the film has little story to tell as Maha episode is over and the friends have met again after a tragic incident in their life. Till the pre-climax sequences, it runs on some comedy sequences, couple of songs and a wedding setup in a resort. Much of this part is boring. Thankfully, it ends on an emotional note.

Ram doesn’t go overboard, and it is always good news. The set up allows him to show variation in terms of look which the actor does diligently, but there is no such thing in his acting. It is the same. Luckily for the viewers and the director, it doesn’t hamper the movie’s outcome.

Vunnadi Okate Zindagi is the third film of director Kishore Tirumala after Second Hand and Nenu Shailaja. In a commercial sense though, Nenu Shailaja was his true beginning as Second Hand was more of a short film for big screen and gives the feel of a movie made on a learning curve.

Production values by Sravanti movies are top notch. The film has a very pleasant feel as locations chosen, backdrop created, everything looks quite neat. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is just about okay as there was a clear scope of having better romantic and friendship based songs. Dialogues are impressive and give a depth to the film. The camerawork is also very good as it showcases Vizag and its surrounding areas nicely.

Final verdict of the film is Vunnadi Okkate Zingadi is a simple and emotional tale of friendship and love. Good bonding between the friends, Ram and Anupama’s love track and some comedy in the second half are basic assets.

                                                               –panchanjanya