Signboard: Creations of Sri Venkateswara
Throw: Vijay, Rashmika Mandanna, Sarat Kumar, Srikanth, Sham, Sangeetha, Yogi Babu, Prakash Raj, Nandini Rai, Khushboo, and others
Story, screenplay and dialogue: Famshi Baidibali, Hari and Akhishur Solomon
dialogues: Srinivas Chakravarthy
Music: Eighth S
cinematography: Karthik Blaney
Editing: Praveen Kuala Lumpur
Production designer: Sunil Babu and Vaishnavi Reddy
fights: Ram Laxman, Peter Henn, Dilip Subbarayan
Producers: Raju, Sirish
direction: So walk
Release date: January 14, 2023
There was a lot of fuss about how “Varasudu” dared to occupy all the theaters despite the big Telugu blockbuster releases of Sankranthi Festival. This backlash caused producer Dil Raju to delay the release of the Telugu version. So, four days after the Tamil version debuted, the Telugu version finally hit theaters.
Let’s find out its advantages and disadvantages.
Rajendra (Sarath Kumar) is the head of a huge business empire. He has three sons, Jai (Srikanth), Ajay (Sham) and Vijay (Vijay). As a means of selecting the best heir apparent, Rajendra pitted his sons against each other.
Vijay does not agree with his father’s methods, so he leaves home. He follows his path in life and falls in love with a girl (Rashmika).
Rajendra finally comes to know his sons for who they really are when he learns that his terminal illness will not give him many days to live. When he chooses Vijay to succeed him, his two other brothers turn against him. Is Vijay able to consolidate his legitimacy as successor?
For a change, Vijay plays the role in a subdued manner, giving the story more space. His maturity in emotional scenes is commendable. The highs and lows of heroism are there, but it’s his subtle acting that stands out. He also performs comedy with Yogi Babu and has some hilarious moments in the company’s boardroom.
Sarath Kumar as the head of the family is perfect. Jayasudha steals the show as a mother again. As Vijay’s brothers, Srikanth and Sham did well.
Prakash Raj portrays the stereotypical corporate villain. Rashmika’s only role is to appear in songs and some sequences.
Eight good music. Among his songs are “Rangitham” and “Thalapathi”. The song “Vaa Thalaivaa” is also used effectively as background music during the key sequences.
The production design and photography by Karthik Palani are excellent.
The combos are great. Every frame in the movie exudes grandeur. The dialogues in certain places are impressive.
Vijay’s performance is poor
Emotions and comedy
Great rich visuals
Familiar story and screenplay
Unforgivable long runtime
‘Vaarasudu’ starring Thalapathy Vijay is the dubbed version of ‘Varisu’. Although directed and produced by Telugu (Vamshi Paidipally and Dil Raju, respectively), the film is mainly aimed at the Tamil audience. Perhaps Vijay thought it would be refreshing to work in a family drama after recently appearing in films with larger-than-life settings.
However, this story written by VamshiPaidipally, Hari and Ahishor Solomon provides a familiar feel to Telugu audiences. Because we have seen a large number of similar films. It appears to be a remake of a number of Telugu films, including ‘Attarintiki Daaredi’, ‘Agnyaathavaasi’, ‘Seethamma Vaaktilo Sirimalle Chettu’ and ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramllo’. Such stories have been attempted many times by our top stars including Pawan Kalyan, Mahesh Babu, Prabhas and Allu Arjun. So it appears to be a very familiar setup for Telugu audiences.
Despite its familiarity, “Varasudu” cannot be dismissed casually. Vamshi Paidipally’s handling of emotional sequences and Vijay’s performance have grabbed our attention in many places. While the movie provides a dejavu feel, it has its cute moments as well.
Vijay’s attempts to reintegrate his siblings into their families, as well as his scenes with Sarath Kumar, will warm your heart. The second half contains an equal amount of ensemble and comedy elements. Boardroom comedy is great.
Vijay’s fine form, comedy timing, and family sentiments are all pluses. Another advantage is the rich images. The climax is also handled well, and it proclaims the message that we all have one family and, no matter how imperfect, we must unite.
However, the film suffers not only from a routine story, screenplay, and dialogue, but also from a weak villain (Prakash Raj’s character is ineffective) and a weak romantic path. More importantly, the pace of the film is very slow, lasting nearly three hours. The main antagonist of the film is the Liberator.
The mother-son sequences played by Jayasudha and Vijay are not that effective.
Overall, ‘Vaarasudu’ is a Tamil adaptation of a number of popular Telugu family dramas. Sometimes it looks like a lavishly filmed TV show. Still, it makes for an even better watch this festival season, especially after a heavy dose of action movies earlier this week.
minimum: Beaten but bearable