Talented comedian Satya’s comedy entertainer, Vivaha Bhojanambu skipped its theatrical release and had a direct OTT release on SonyLIV today. Let’s see how it fares.
Story: A middle-class LIC agent from Hyderabad named Mahesh( Satya) falls for Anitha (Aarjavee Raj), a girl from a Vijayawada based rich family. Though Anitha’s father( role played by Srikanth Iyengar) outrightly rejects his daughter’s love, obeying the family pressure, he accepts the marriage. Just before the marriage event, considering the widespread of the Covid, Prime Minister Modi announces a complete lockdown across the country. As the lockdown was imposed, Anitha’s family members, who come to Hyderabad for the marriage will be struck in Mahesh’s house. Being a tight-ass by nature, how will Mahesh host Anitha’s family during the lockdown period forms the crucial crux of the film.
Performances: Satya is good in his role as a miser and evokes decent fun during the initial episodes of the film. He tried to carry the whole film on his shoulders by generating his mark humour at regular intervals. Noted character artiste Srikanth Iyengar is hilarious in his role as Satya’s father-in-law. The chemistry between Satya and Srikanth Iyengar is good on the screen and brings life to a few family scenes.
New girl Aarjavee Raj is cute and gave a decent performance in her girl next door role. Others actors such as TNR, Sudarshan, Shivanarayana are convincing in the given roles. A few serial artists, who did the key roles in the movie are okay in their roles.
Technicalities: The dialogues and the writing part of the film lack proper clarity and stand tall as the minus for the film. Adding to it, none of the departments such as music, editing, cinematography manages to create an impact.
Production values for this low-budget movie are just okay.
Analysis: Director Ram Abbaraju’s idea of making a fun film based on the Covid lockdown concept is good but his character establishment, screenplay and presentation fails to create any impact.
Though the starting episodes are written and executed in a decent manner, the proceedings later turn predictable and lack fresh treatment. Moreover, the film looks like a single point stretched attempt as most of the film runs in a house and showcases the Covid lockdown situation without any other subplots.
Above all, hero Sandeep Kishan’s special entry in the second half has no proper justification and looks like a forced sequence. Overall, the makers took a clever decision and opted for an OTT release of Vivaha Bhojanambu if not it would have ended up as a wash-out disaster if headed for a theatrical release.
Verdict: A disappointing attempt!!!