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‘Taxiwaala’ Review

Title: Taxiwaala

CBFC Rating : U/A

Run-Time: 2 Hrs 12 Mins

Release Date: 17-11-2018

Banner: GA2 Pictures, UV Creations

Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Priyanka Jhawalkar, Malavika Nair, Yamuna, Utthej, Madhunandan, Ravivarma, Vishnu and Others

Music: Jakes Bejoy

Cinematography: Sujeeth Sarang

Editing: Sreejith Sarang

Producer: SKN

Written & Directed by Rahul Sankrityan

Story :

Shiva (Vijay Deverakonda) in search of a job, comes to his friend (Madhunandan) who is a car mechanic running a garage at Hyderabad. In order to become a cab driver, Shiva finds himself in need of his own car. His brother and sister-in-law give some money to Shiva. WIth the money, Shiva buys an old vintage car and starts earning as a cab driver. When everything is going smoothly, One night Shiva finds that the car is possessed and tries to get rid of it. But, all his efforts are in vain. In another instance, car saves Shiva from an accident. With this incident, Shiva feels that he shares a bond with the car (ghost) and continues his job as 'Taxiwaala'. But, one day the car kills a passenger and after seeing this Shiva is terrified and wants to get rid of it by meeting his old owner. To his surprise, Shiva finds out that there is a story behind the possessed car. What is the story? How Shiva solved his car problem forms the rest of the story.

Performances:

Vijay Deverakonda is at his usual best, but this time as a taxi driver. He delivers in comedy scenes as well as horror scenes with his natural act. Heroine Priyanka impresses with her glamorous looks. Madhunandan, Vinod who was seen as sidekicks of Vijay entertains and provided comic relief from start to end. Malavika Nair did a crucial role and she did well in some emotional scenes as Sishira. Among the others, Kalyani, Yamuna, Ravi Prakash, Ravi Varma, Sijju are adequate in their roles.

Highlights :

First Half

Engaging Narration

Maate Vinadhuga Song

Quality Technical Values

Rich Production Values

Drawbacks :

Parts of the second half

Climax

Analysis:

Director Rahul Sankrityan comes up with a different concept in the horror genre. He handled the scenes without deviating from the main concept and also became successful in entertaining audience by mixing comedy to it. A couple of scenes in First half where Vijay finds about the ghost in the car and the murder scene during interval thrills audience. Though the second half is dragged at times, the emotional connect and engaging narration have worked in favor of the film.

Cinematography and Background Music plays a crucial role in any horror film. 'Taxiwaala' is backed with quality technicalities. Sujeeth Sarang's cinematography elevates the mood wherever it is required. Jakes Bejoy's music is another positive for this film. Apart from chartbuster 'Maate Vinaduga' song, he has taken the film to next level with his BGM. Sreejith Sarang's crisp editing helps the movie to run in speed pace. Producer SKN backed this project without any compromise and this is evident with its rich technicalities on screen.

With an ample amount of Thrills, Comedy and Engaging first half, 'Taxiwaala' will impress all sections of audiences.

Bottom-line: Thrill & Fun Ride

Rating: 3.25/5

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