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STRIKE A POSE: Kalyan Ram and Vedika in ‘Vijayadasami’
STRIKE A POSE: Kalyan Ram and Vedika in ‘Vijayadasami’

Film: Vijayadasami

Cast: Kalyan Ram, Sai Kumar, Vedika

Director: Samudra

Vijayadasami begins with director Samudra’s panegyric on the Nandamuri clan, giving us a peek into his acting aspirations. This is his next remake from Sivakasi after ‘Evadaite Nakenti’ and the director attempts to give the hero a mass image but does little to extract the right emotions from the hero. Kalyan Ram falls in love with Vedika though how they fall in love is never established properly. The lady wants his parents to come to her house and ask for her hand in marriage and Sivakasi goes to his native village, only to find his father dead, his mother living in disgrace in her own house, and his sister married and packed off in a disgraceful manner - all through the machinations of elder brother played by Sai Kumar. The rest of the movie has Kalyan Ram setting things right.

The director is in a fix in trying to plot a premise and in the bargain ends goofing up things showing the hero in outrageous trousers and giving him movements and expressions that don’t suit him. A little patience, a little more planning and a little more intellect to build up the beginning would have put the director in an enviable position because he has the end, firmly in place in the theoretically admirable subject.

Kalyan Ram though unconvincing and iffy in the first half, injects life into the proceedings post interval. He courts frivolity without falling flat on its face and gives an engaging and delectable performance towards the climax. Vedika with her innocent eyes and effervescence flits through her role with ease. Jayasudha as the mother touches the audience with her angst.

Sai Kumar delivers with energy, charisma and great edge as the evil brother. Paruchuri Venkateswar looks totally misfit in the role of a father. Wonder what Brahmanandam is doing in a film where he is not needed at all. Songs are not at all evocative and Simran looks vague and clueless in the cameo appearance. All said and done, Vijayadasami is not a bad film at all, you will not regret watching it

Y. Sunita Chowdhary


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