Cast: Sandeep Kumar, KoutilyaVamsee ChKautilya, Sritej, Naina Ganguly
Editing: Siddhartha Ratholu
Cinematography: Rahul Srivastav, Dilip Varma, Surya Chowdary
Music: Ravi Shankar
Producers: Dasari Kiran Kumar
Direction: Ram Gopal Varma
Maverick director Ram Gopal Varma is known for making incredible gangster dramas. His previous flick Satya, Company and Rakhta Charitra shows his capability in the genre. Now, he is back with yet another movie based on Rowdyism in Vijayawada, titled Vangaveeti. Inspired by politician Vangaveeti Radha’s life, this film has hit the screens today. Here’s the review of it.
Vangaveeti Radha (Sandeep Kumar) emerges as a youth leader in Vijayawada. Everyone calls him as Bus-stand Radha. Knowing about the rising popularity of Radha, Communist party leader Venkata Ratnam decides to meet him. After meeting Venkata Ratnam, Radha decides to join his gang in order to gain more influence. As Radha starts gaining popularity, Venkataratnam warns him. Thinking that Venkataratnam is being an obstacle for his rise, Radha kills him.
Radha becomes the talk of the town after the murder incident. Soon he becomes a youth leader of Vijayawada. Meanwhile, Devineni Gandhi and his brother Nehru join hands with Radha. The rivals sketch out to kill Radha and finally murders him one fine day. To seek revenge, Radha’s brother Ranga (Sandeep Kumar) takes his place. After few years, things don’t go well between Vangaveeti Ranga and Devineni brothers which result in the death of Devineni Gandhi. This makes his younger brother Devineni Murali (Changanti Vamsee) step into Rowdyism to kill Ranga. What happened next? Did he kill Ranga? To know the answer, you have to watch the film.
Sandeep Kumar excelled in the roles of both Radha and Ranga. But the Ranga’s role is not as powerful as Radha’s role. His role could’ve been written in a better way. Kautilya, Sritej, Vamsee and Naina did justice to their role. Rest all are relatively new faces and they have done a good job.
Technical and overall analysis:
As mentioned earlier, RGV is known for making these kinds of biopics. After scoring a hit with Killing Veerappan, he has decided to portray Rowdyism in Vijayawada during the 80s, on screen. Rather being partial to the either side, Varma was neutral in conveying the story. After a long time, one would feel like he is watching true Varma film. The music and cinematography were good and elevates the film. Editing could’ve been better.
Vangaveeti is by far the most violent film in Varma’s career. The three murder scenes are the main highlights of the film. The interval block is terrific as it has been executed well. This film is strictly no for kids. Meanwhile, people who like violent films with a lot of bloodsheds can watch it for sure.