Vunnadi Okkate Zindagi is a simple story of two childhood best friends, Abhi (Ram) and Vasu (Sri Vishnu). They always have each other’s back. They are like brothers. Cut to several years later, they are not talking to each other anymore. Why? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out. What led to their separation and how, if at all, they unite again forms the story of this film.
Director Kishore Tirumala, who earlier directed the hit movie Nenu Sailaja also starring Ram, plays very safe with this one too. It’s a textbook treatment and it works, just like it did with Nenu Sailaja. These are two different movies but the general vibe they have is exactly the same. Vunnadi Okkate Zindagi felt like it was cousin of Nenu Sailaja. It’s probably the director-actor-composer combo, but I couldn’t help but get a feel of Nenu Sailaja in this movie too. It’s not bad, just an observation. This film, however, is longer, and can be a little tiring at a few places for some people. I, for one, never looked at my watch during the 2hrs 35mins run time of the film and that usually means I am not bored.
The first half of the movie is enjoyable. Of course, we get to see how these two dudes start their friendship very young and how they bond with each other. Their “chaddi buddy” childhood is shown adequately for us to actually buy into the realness of their friendship. So good work there! The fact that the casting is on point with Ram and Sri Vishnu helps a lot as well. The second half dips a bit for a while but picks up soon after. Overall, the film DOES feel a tad too long, but I was invested in it all along, so it didn’t matter much.
The film talks about childhood friendships and how they last a lifetime. The whole film itself is pretty much about Ram and Sri Vishnu. Even with all the dialogues about childhood friends and their importance and how much they mean to you, it never gets preachy. For me, it was like I was eavesdropping on their conversations. Better still for the film, there were numerous deja-vu moments for me. I could totally relate, on some level, with what the movie was trying to say. At some point, at least for a minute, the film will make you want to call that childhood friend of yours who’s always been with you and talk to him/her for hours and catch up on the lost time. The concept for this film comes from a good place and credit must be given for that.
Anupama Parameswaran gets a nice role and she does justice to it. Given meatier roles, this girl can REALLY impress. She has it in her and it becomes evident in one of her confrontational scenes with Ram. It would be a shame if we don’t see her in “performance oriented” roles in the future. And of course, good job on dubbing as well! Lavanya Tripathi’s just okay. Sri Vishnu is a good actor waiting for big movies to happen to him and this one is surely that! Ram is tailor-made for this role and aces it, especially in the emotional scenes. Priyadarshi and Kireeti fit their bills.
I’m going with 3.25 out of 5!