Venky Mam review: Mama-Alludu sentiment fails to work

Victory Venkatesh and young hero Naga Chaitanya have come up with emotional family drama, Venky Mam. The teaser and trailer already released have boosted those expectations. Directed by Bobby (KS Ravindra), the film stars Payal Rajput Raashi Khanna as the lead actress. The film was jointly produced by Suresh Productions and People Media Factory. With Venkatesh pairing up with his nephew Naga Chaitanay for the first time, expectations are sky-rocket on the film.

Venkataratnam Naidu (Venkatesh), brings-up his nephew Kartik (Naga Chaitnaya) whose parents have died. Venkata Ratnam stays a bachelor because women don’t love his nephew the way he does. They also set each other up with women using laughable, juvenile tactics, which inexplicably seem to work. However, there are evil forces at play (read horoscope) that tries to break up this mama-alludu combo. But will they succeed in keeping them apart?

Victory Venkatesh is undoubtedly the major highlight of the film. The actor has proved that no one can beat him in comedy timing yet again with this film. His screen presence will be an eye feast for the audience. It’s not easy for Naga Chaitanya to match up the energy of Venkatesh but we can say that the young Hero did his best in delivering an impressive performance in the film. Even his comedy timing is also really good. His performance in the climax is outstanding. Both Raashi Khanna and Payal Rajput acted really well in the film and justified their roles. Prakash Raj got a meaty role in this film and he has delivered an impeccable performance. Nasser, Sampath Raj and Rao Ramesh also acted naturally in the film. Posani Krishna Murali, Brahmaji delivered decent performances. The rest of the actors also made their presence felt.

The only saving grace for Venky Mama is the performance of its lead actors Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya. Venky, in particular is at ease and aces the role of the doting uncle. Neither Raashi or Payal get any scope to perform, and are often sidelined thanks to poorly written characters. Prakash Raj too appears in a blink-and-miss role and hardly makes an impact.

Having a solid storyline became the biggest plus point for this movie. The entire movies revolve around the beautiful relationship between Naga Chaitanya and Venkatesh and the director has executed it in an engaging way. The entire first half is really impressive and full of entertainment. Especially, Venkatesh’s comedy timing will make the audience laugh. However, the story takes a big turn in the second half and the sentimental scenes also didn’t pan out well. Most of the climax and pre-climax takes place with the military backdrop but the scenes are not that appealing. A one-time watch for serious movie buff, but i you’re a fan of Akkineni and daggubati it would work for you.