A disgruntled, disoriented writer is grappling with a writer’s block. To add to his misery, he gets dumped by his tired girlfriend. Pinning for her love, the protagonist awakens the writer in himself and begins creating stories that make him look like a good guy who has lost sacrificed it all for the sake of love. But once the writing parade stops, none of these stories would make up for the void left by his lover.
World Famous Lover is director Kranthi Madhav’s ambitious ode to love, marred by poorly executed stories riddled with angst, resent, and frustration. Vijay Deverakonda plays a disgruntled author Gautham, battling a writer’s block for over one and a half years. Gautham is in a live-in relationship with Yamini, played by Raashi Khanna. Their story, quite predictably, is far from perfect. Gautham kills his days watching cartoons and sleeping throughout the day, while Yamini goes off to work. Tired of Gautham’s charades, and his messy lifestyle, Yamini decides to up and leave. A disheartened Gautham picks his pen to weave stories that would make him look like the bigger guy who sacrificed it all for love.
Characters like Seenayya (Vijay Deverakonda), Smitha (Catherine Tresa), and Suvarna (Aishwarya Rajesh) awkwardly begin personifying Gautham’s sorrows and frustrations. He hopes that his fictional characters would somehow placate Yamini and bring her back into his life. But when eventually stops writing, would he be able to salvage his relationship?
What could have been a perfect love saga is reduced to an unpleasant sobfest by the unrealistic stories packaged with bitterness? Though fictitious, it becomes difficult to imagine Vijay playing a coal mine worker, Seenayya, and romancing sophisticated, upmarket ladies Suvarna (Aishwarya Rajesh) and Smita (Catherine Tresa).
Vijay’s ‘holla’ in Paris further becomes cringeworthy as he skydives and serenades pilot Iza (Izabelle Leite). After the uneventful trysts with the ladies, when Vijay sits disheveled on a park bench, towards the end of the movie, one can feel no empathy for his miserable characters. The audience might sit and wonder why Yamini did not leave him soon enough.
The redeeming feature of the movie is impeccable, acting by Vijay Deverakonda and Aishwarya Rajesh. Vijay’s Telangana dialect wins hearts and becomes the only saving grace of this muddled cinema. Unfortunately, Raashi’s powerful acting does not make up for a poorly written character.