The trendy motion thriller has fascinating face-offs between Nani and Sudheer Babu, however finally ends up as outdated wine in a brand new bottle
Mohana Krishna Indraganti’s Telugu motion thriller V, now streaming on Amazon Prime, begins with a nod to William Shakespeare’s line from The Tempest: ‘At this hour lie at my mercy all mine enemies.’ In a few of his earlier movies too, the writer-director has acknowledged writers/dramatists whom he admires and if ultimately, their work has triggered a line of thought for his movie. In V, he additionally mentions some common cinema — from the Korean motion thriller I Noticed The Satan to mainstream Telugu movies of Raghavendra Rao and Boyapati Srinu.
- Forged: Nani, Sudheer Babu, Nivetha Thomas and Aditi Rao Hydari
- Path: Mohana Krishna Indraganti
- Music: Amit Trivedi, S S Thaman
V was touted as a mainstream motion thriller that pays consideration to rhyme and motive. It promised fascinating face-offs between a cop and a killer on the unfastened, with whistle-worthy moments that additionally make sense.
The close to brushes between the serial killer (let’s simply name him Nani for now) and cop Aditya (Sudheer Babu) set the ball rolling. Aditya is lauded for his work as deputy commissioner of police, West Zone, Hyderabad. He additionally tops the ‘most fascinating man’ checklist, walks the ramp and flaunts his six-pack abs on a males’s journal cowl. In brief, he’s a media darling. The celebratory temper is quickly tempered by the ugly homicide of a fellow cop. The killer leaves behind a be aware and challenges Aditya.
Within the scene of the primary homicide, not one of the cops present indicators of shock or despair that one amongst them has been killed. That he’s shady emerges later, however the lack of emotion with which the cops attempt to crack this thriller retains us too, from being invested.
Sudheer performs the cop with a captivating ease, sporting a light smirk now and again. Nani seems like he has loved unveiling a darkish character. He will get one of the best traces and his conflict with Sudheer would have elicited whistles had this movie launched in theatres. Nani’s eyes have a story of grief to share; he seems like he hasn’t laughed heartily in a very long time. When he does, the morbid humour comes on the expense of co-passengers who don’t know what hit them.
All this could have ideally constructed as much as an enticing drama because the ugly murders proceed and Sudheer unravels the solutions. As a substitute, the movie’s Achilles’ heel is uncovered. V is a product of technical finesse with a narrative that turns into extraordinarily predictable.
Cinematographer P G Vinda, S S Thaman’s background rating and the sound design construct the temper for a brooding thriller peppered with morbid humour.
The movie holds consideration through the close to brushes between the 2 males, regardless of just a few aberrations just like the knife-toting mother and father (Rohini and ‘Thalaivasal’ Vijay) of crime author Apoorva (Nivetha Thomas) whose presence doesn’t add to the narrative. Even Nivetha’s position is a disappointment. Employed as a legal psychology guide, she barely will get to do any downside fixing.
The movie loses steam when it items collectively the story of the killer. A short love story works as an emotional core of the drama. However the sub-plot that emerges, based mostly on incidents that occurred in Hyderabad, brings in a sense of deja vu. The crime is heinous however you’ve seen comparable storylines in a number of movies. The slight twist within the story in direction of the top isn’t sufficient to salvage an old school plot.
Aditi Rao Hydari has that blend of innocence and vulnerability that fits her quick position. Vennela Kishore helps lighten the drama and at one level, takes a intelligent jibe at comedian actors who’re newly signed on for giant business movies.
V may have benefited with a much more participating story. Because it stands now, it’s a pale story that doesn’t make you root for its prime characters.
(V streams on Amazon Prime)