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Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi begins with the scenes depicting the friendship Abhiram (Ram) shares with his friend Vasu (Sree Vishnu), and moves on to the present where Abhi is shown as a guy owning a coffee shop in Milan. Cut to the flashback and Abhi is a college goer, who falls in love with house surgeon Maha (Anupama Parameswaran), and he motivates her in singing. In a twist of fate comes and end to his love story, with the arrival of Vasu impacting their friendship. Back to present, now Abhiram decides to come to India for a friend's wedding, where he gets to meet wedding planner Meghna alias Maggie (Lavanya Tripathi) who instantly connects with Abhiram. As Vasu also arrives for the wedding, whether the friends Abhiram and Vasu reunite, and was Abhi Lucky in Love atleast the second time is what Vunnadhi Okkate Zindagi is all about.
The movie belongs totally to the cute beauty Anupama Parameswaran, who was earlier seen in bubbly roles in Shatamanam Bhavathi and A Aa and a quite yet striking role in Premam, is presented in a contrasting character here, that requires her to be expressive at the same time being subtle too. Though it looks like an underplay at the outset, she effortlessly eases past the rest of the cast with her terrific presence and her pitch perfect dubbing!! Sharing equal honors with Anupama is the ever energetic and lively Ram, who's as usual a ball of energy with his spontaneous reactions and stunning dance performances , with improved emotional Performance, proving that he's come a long way since his Jagadam days.
While Lavanya Tripathi gets to play a small role creating the necessary impact within the minimal scope she gets, Sree Vishnu springs a surprise with his second fiddle role of a best buddy to the protagonist, making way for many more roles in the years to come. Priyadarshi's comic antics are fine, and his equation with Ram and gang makes the humor work. The rest of the cast don't make much of an impact, as the movie totally revolves around the leads.
Devi SriPrasad's background score is romantic and moving, and his songs are already chartbusters, with the title song, Rayyi Rayyi Mantu, Trend Maarina, What Amma numbers being the pick of the album. Sameer Reddy's Cinematography is top class, capturing the scenic locations filled with greenery and the seaside locales beautifully, taking the audience on a visual journey. At around 2 and half hours, Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi offers youthful entertainment sans cliches or dull moments, thanks to crisp editing by Sreekar Prasad.
Kishore Tirumala was one director, who had a poor start to his career with a disastrous Tamil flick, and a Telugu flick Second Hand (2013) which went unnoticed. However, he came back with renewed vigor, joining hands with energetic star Ram Pothineni, whose confidence in him in his own tough times resulted in a comeback flick for both of them, Nenu Sailaja (2016). Now Ram is back to his flop form, and yet again Kishore Tirumala has come to his rescue, and how !!
Kishore seems to be an expert in portraying the Pain of love, with the help of strong female characters who have extreme emotional angle in them. Just like Keerthy Suresh in Nenu Sailaja, Anupama aces her role with an impeccable performance, and looks homely and impressive.
Ram is at extreme ease and at his energetic best , and that shows his equation with Kishore that literally translates on screen into likeable performances, and we only wish Ram works regularly with Kishore. After exploring the father-daughter bond in Nenu Sailaja, Kishore successfully depicts the friendship, love and the depth of relationships with extreme ease, making Vunnadhi Okkate Zindagi an impressive watch that gives the audience a pleasant feel. With beautiful compositions by Devi SriPrasad and stunning Cinematography by Sameer, the movie is a visual treat as well. All said, Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi is a good comeback for Ram, and is worth a watch.
6:53am: An emotional climax and the movie comes to an end. Keep watching this space for complete review.
6:45am: The movie heading towards climax and we have another twist to the tale!
6:39am: A confrontation scene between friends and we have the title song.
6:34am: Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi shuttles between well written sequences about love and friendship.
6:28am: Time for emotions between group of friends.
6:23am: Some funny scenes between Sree Vishnu and Lavanya are going on.
6:18am: It's the wedding of Pellichoopulu fame Priyadarshi, and with the entry of his friends, Abhiram and Vasu (Sree Vishnu) comes the fun filled What Amma What is this Amma peppy number on screen.
6:12am: Post interval, arrives the second heroine Lavanya Tripathi, and there are some wedding related scenes on screen now.
FIRST HALF REPORT: Vunnadi Okate Zindagi moves at a decent pace establishing the characters of its lead pair Abhiram and Maha, besides their relationships, and Abhiram's friendship. With 3 nice songs and few surprise twists in the screenplay, the first half keeps you guessing and engaged with its freshners.
6:01am: Another twist to the tale and the movie reaches the halfway mark and we have Intermission.
5:52am: The movie heads towards interval and we have third song 'Life is a Rainbow'
5:44am: Ram's best friend, Actor Sree Vishnu returns after a while on screen, and here comes an unexpected surprise twist in the screenplay.
5:39am: After few interaction sequences between Ram and Anupama comes the pleasant montage number Rayyi Rayyi Mantu, that presents Anupama's character as a singer.
5:33am: Ram and Anupama Parameswaran get closer to each other, and scenes involving them establishing a good relationship are portrayed on screen.
5:27am: The gorgeous Anupama Parameswaran gets introduced soon, and some introduction sequences involving the lead pair follows.
5:23am: Film shifts to Abhiram's flashback sequence, with Abhiram and his friend Sree Vishnu introduced. Ram stuns with his new bearded, rugged look. The Trend Maarina song follows.
5:16am: Movie moves to present day with Ram Making a stylish entry as Abhiram.
5:09am: Movie begins with initial sequences alongside title credits showing childhood sequences establishing the strong bond between the hero and his friends.
5:05am: Vunnadi Okate Zindagi Movie Showtime. The movie is 152 minutes long.
5:02am: Here's team AP Herald's exclusive FDFS live updates of Vunnadi Okate Zindagi.
5:00am: Energetic hero Ram is back on screens, this time with his Nenu Sailaja director Kishore Tirumala for help, and the mallu beauty Anupama Parameswaran pairing with him. Can Ram pull of a surprise victory to sustain his career after failing with hyper? Let's see.
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