Thank God for the second half when the tempo picks up considerably from a sedate first half.
Otherwise, Vedam would have been yet another crappy, boring Telugu film unwatchable by humans.
Eschewing the familiar and insane claptrap of asinine youthful romances, Vedam trots down a different path with its five different stories.
Of course, the different stories and their characters intersect at some point, as they must, and here they do in a violent crescendo at the hospital toward the end.
By the way, our repeated prayers to the almighty must have been heard because that irritating clown Brahmanandam, beloved of the Telugu people, only has a itsy-bitsy role in the film.
Here are the five different stories making up Vedam:
* There’s the whore Saroja (Anushka) keen on escaping from her madam and going off on her own.
* We have the cable guy Raju (Allu Arjun) besotted with the rich girl in Jubilee Hills.
* The rock star Vivek (Manoj Manchu) with his dreams of a music-troupe and indifferent to his mother’s hopes that he’ll follow in his late father’s footsteps and join the army.
* Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpai is cast as a Muslim Rahimuddin suspected of harboring terrorist sympathies.
* Finally, there are the desperate weavers who owe money to a local money-lender.
This idea of deploying multiple stories and tying up the strands at the end is hardly a novel idea in movies, be it Hollywood or even in Indian films.
But it sure marks a welcome relief from the familiar Indian drivel of amateur love-stories like Arya 2 or cop-stories like Singam.
We guess much of the credit for straying from the familiar track should go to Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi a.k.a. Krish, the director and writer of Vedam.
The acting is, for a change in Telugu films, alright.
Yes, from all of the principal actors.
Mercifully, Allu Arjun refrains from peeing all over himself and on the audience as he is usually wont to do with his loud, macho acts and that silly dancing.
That thieving swine Keeravani is responsible for the music here.
Who knows where the plagiarist has dipped his beak this time?
We were neither put off nor enamored of the music.
The picturization of the songs didn’t have us going ooh or aah at any time.
We found the picturization most unendurable in the Prapancham Naventostunte party-scene song featuring Allu Arjun.
Overall, Vedam doesn’t break any new ground as much as provide audiences a reprieve from the regular trauma of Telugu films.
As for us, we didn’t leave the hall in a high dudgeon as we usually do after seeing a Telugu film.
We guess that’s an improvement. 😉