Title :Arjun Reddy CBFC Rating : A Run-Time : 3 Hrs 07 Mins Release Date : 25-08-2017 Banner : Bhadrakali Pictures Cast : Vijay Devarakonda, Shalini Pandey, Rahul Ramakrishna, Jia Sharma, Sanjay Swaroop, Kanchana, KamalKamaraju and Others Music : Radhan DOP : Raj Thota Producer : Pranay Vanga Direction: Sandeep Reddy Vanga
Arjun Reddy is a simple but deep love story set in the backdrop of MBBS. Arjun (Vijay Devarakonda) falls in love with Preeti (Shalini Pandey), her parents oppose to the marriage. What happens next is the basic story of the film.
Vijay Devarakonda is sensational as Arjun Reddy. He holds the film together in the high and low moments with his performance. The various emotions that he conveys with mix of arrogance are extraordinary. It is going to stay in the audience mind for a long time to come.
Shalini Pandey is equally good but has limited screen time. She is good in the time she has been given to perform. The climax performance stands out in the entire movie for her.
Rahul Ramakrishna is fantastic as the friend. He is so believable that one gets a feeling that he is a guy that we know. He is someone we interact with daily. Such is the character and the way the actor plays it out.
Sanjay Swaroop and veteran actress Kanchana brings a dignity and elegance to the character they play. They have less presence but their impact is felt, especially the later. Amit is terrific in the few scenes he is present.
Vijay Devarakonda First half Chemistry between leads
Sandeep Reddy Vanga arrives on the scene with a bang. He joins a select list of directors who have made sensational impact with their debuts. Arjun Reddy will be remembered for a long time without any doubt.
The director’s conviction is narrating the story the way he wants without falling prey to the commercial dictates is the biggest takeaway from the movie. It is something that will resonate with a number of young and upcoming directors. The entire movie has slow pace but in the first half there is no issue at all. The romance between the lead pair with a organically growing chemistry is so brilliantly portrayed that everyone will connect with it.
The problem comes in the second half when the love takes a backseat to pain. The process is shown in such a detail and repetitive way that the audience who watch the movie also feel the pain. That is the slightly negative aspect of what is otherwise a very bold and extraordinarily made love story. The climax again stands out due to the excellent performances.
Musically, Radhan has done justice with different yet impactful songs. The background score is even better. The cinematography Raju Thota is first rate. Editing is neat and keeps thing simple. Production values are good. Dialogues are fantastic.
Bottom-line: Vijay Devarakonda All The Way