Director: Kishore Tirumala
Cast: Ram, Anupama Parameswaran, Lavanya Tripathi, Sree Vishnu, Priyadarshi
When Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi was announced, I was quite excited because it marks the reunion of Kishore and Ram, who gave us a delightful film called Nenu Sailaja not long ago. Despite its predictable plot, I thoroughly enjoyed that film because of its overall presentation and it was equally loved by all which paved way to its huge success. Their latest outing Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi, though has its moments, is not even half as impressive as their previous collaboration. The film celebrates friendship but only within familiar tropes and twists and turns.
The story revolves around two childhood friends – Abhiram (Ram) and Vasu (Sree Vishnu) – who end up falling for the same girl. The moments between Ram, Sree Vishnu and their gang of friends is fun and nostalgic but unfortunately it doesn’t bring anything new to the friendship angle. We see the friends growing up and the scenes between them are a riot. The first half is powered by a breezy love story that is anchored with an emotional core that works largely. However, it’s in the second half the story fizzles out and it becomes unbearable when we realize the wafer-thin story is overstretched.
Ram and Sree Vishnu are good in their respective parts. Pellichoopulu fame Priyadarshi is terrific and so is Anupama, especially in the pre-interval stretch. While Vunnadih Okate Zindagi isn’t a bad film and it ensures you walk out with a smile on your face, it’s disappointing that it doesn’t show creativity in the way it depicts friendship. Kishore Tirumala does justice with his screenplay and dialogues but it’s quite evident that he struggles to create anything novel worthy of appreciation.
Some fine moments in Vunnadih Okate Zindagi aren’t good enough to make this film stand out in the league of films about friendship and love.