Arjun Reddy: Tale of a male protagonist’s sojourn infused with drugs, alcohol and women

Vijay Deverakonda, in many of his interviews, tried to defend the usage of cuss words in Arjun Reddy, but most of his attempts seem to have fallen on deaf ears, and the actor seems to have given up explaining about it.

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The latest film in Tollywood, Arjun Reddy, is being termed one of the path breaking films in the industry and is garnering a lot of appreciation for its narration and realistic portrayal of characters. Vijay Deverakonda plays the titular character of Dr Arjun Reddy Deshmukh who has issues with drugs, drinking and anger management. Both these play a part in his debacle as well as evolvement. While the romantic side of Arjun Reddy showers love on his leading lady Preeti, often referring to her as ‘My Girl’ (Naa Pilla), the other side of him is shown using cuss words involving women. While the romantic side of Arjun Reddy’s character was accepted with great respect by audiences, the other side received a lot of flak from many, including a few from the industry.

Vijay Deverakonda, in many of his interviews, tried to defend the usage of cuss words in Arjun Reddy, but most of his attempts seem to have fallen on deaf ears, and the actor seems to have given up explaining about it. While many women activist groups protested against the usage of swear words in Arjun Reddy and wanted the film banned, a different political group wanted the release of Arjun Reddy to be stopped because the film showed doctors in an incorrect manner.

Even after two weeks of release, Arjun Reddy is still the talk of the town and arguments are there around why the makers had to portray women in such an incorrect manner for gaining popularity.

A political leader in Hyderabad kicked off the protest against Arjun Reddy, tearing the posters of the film which had the lead actors Vijay and Shalini. Arjun Reddy and Vijay Deverakonda received support from controversial filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma who, in his unorthodox way, gave the detractors of the film a message.

While all this was happening, Arjun Reddy managed to clock unbelievable numbers at the box office in India and overseas too. The US box office collections of Arjun Reddy show $1,681,996 which, when converted, is approximately INR 10.75 crore! And at the Indian box office, Arjun Reddy has grossed approximately INR 33.5 crores as on Monday.

While many are locking their horns about the portrayal of women in Arjun Reddy, the film has managed to grab attention from different film industries and will soon be remade in many languages. It remains to be seen whether Arjun Reddy is accepted or rejected by other regional Indian audiences and Bollywood.

To me, Arjun Reddy is the film which takes the route less chosen in the South Indian film industry. Arjun Reddy is definitely beginning of a new era in Telugu cinema!

What is your take on Arjun Reddy and how his character has been shown in the film?

    Anonymous

    My choice is Vijay, then it will be eye treat for Bollywood

    Anonymous

    ARJUN REDDY is superb film and vijay devarakonda has excellent. His acting was superb. Only in three words i will express his acting i.e., NEVER BEFORE, NEVER AGAIN AND NO ONE CAN. Here Never before means till now no actor has done like this acting and Never again means no actor can come with like this acting and No one can means till now none actor in the film industry has done this acting. ALL ACTORS IN THE FILM INDUSTRY GIVE RESPECT TO VIJAY DEVARAKONDA BABU. HE IS NOW TELANGANA TALENTED STAR.

    Anonymous

    I think aditya roy kapoor is the best cast …if arjun reddy is remade in bollywood….maybe he was a flop in recent years…but the way he acted as a character on verge of a breakdown in aashiqui 2….i think hez the perfect fit! Whatd u think?

    Anonymous

    Actresses must be a new face to industry not already a heroine..
    Hero role should continue with Vijay Devarakonda, since he has that potential and fit enough to impress bolly wood spectators..
    -Sudharshan Reddy

    Anonymous

    What the hell? This movie released 2 weeks ago, and now why this review.

    This movie is just awesome. Hero did enough justice to the role. Cannot imagine someone else in his role

    Anonymous

    Yes, beginning of new era for Telugu film industry. And Vijay D just nailed this role, cannot imagine any other actor living in it though!

    Thanks PV for considering my comment (as i mentioned in some tollywood article that there’s no news of Arjun Reddy) am assuming so haha..

    Anonymous

    They could just cast the same guy..

    Anonymous

    The movie is really good..for the remake Aditya would be great, given that he has done something similar before

    Anonymous

    Ranveer and kangana are my pick

    Anonymous

    I wish Ranveer and Lantana would be awesome. You need terrific actors for this movie. Even the friend character is one of the best character.

      Anonymous

      Ranveer and kangana..not lantana.

    Anonymous

    Cuss words are very often used in hindi movies too, then why is this movie getting bashed!
    Despite that, I loved the movie. I don’t understand Telegu but I watched it with subtitles. I know I missed a lot coz many things are lost in translation but still it was awesome!

    Anonymous

    Ranveer singh is the best choice for the remake!!! And i love this movie ❤️

    Anonymous

    Arjun reddy is the movie will change the era of film making vijay devarkond lived in the character we can’t imagine in the character the way he acted l

    Anonymous

    I personally think the guy, vijay did a great job

    Anonymous

    varun and Alia would be good for Hindi or siddharth too if he manages to act well..

      Anonymous

      Please no nepo kids. If they actually cast someone who suits the role…tired of these same faces!

    Anonymous

    I liked it more than Bahubali, but it could just be me.. I read the Hindi remake could be with Ranveer but I hope it’s anyone bt him because the story calls for a handsome actor

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