Verdict: An epic saga of revenge and violence!
Vangaveeti is a biopic on the lives of the Vangaveeti family and their journey from small-time vendors to a popular political figure. There were enough controversies involved throughout the making of this movie where the family of Vangaveeti is suspicious that this movie is not based on real life incidents. Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, he has assured the audience in the pre-release event that he tried to make “Vangaveeti” as real as possible based on the information he had. Let’s see if Ramu is true to what he said.
The movie starts with the elevation of Chalasani Venkata Ratnam and his grip over the city of Vijayawada. Vangaveeti Radha (Sandeep Kumar) works for him on the insistence of Venkata Ratnam. Things don’t gel well between them and Radha eliminates Venkata Ratnam and starts reigning Vijayawada. Devineni Nehru (Sri Tej) and Devineni Gandhi (Kautilya) join Radha’s group and help him start a students' union named United Independence Organization. Radha is eliminated by the opposition group. Enter Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga (Sandeep Kumar) who takes over the power of his elder brother Radha. Differences erupt between Ranga and Gandhi and Gandhi starts a new student organization named United Students Organization. Ranga batch eliminates Gandhi and this triggers a never-seen-before enmity between the Devineni and Vangaveeti families. The rest of the story is all about the revenge killings between these families and their end.
Sandeep Kumar has a dream debut with Vangaveeti and he has enacted both the roles of Radha and Ranga to perfection. Sri Tej as Devineni Nehru is another important character of this flick. Vamsi Chaganti as Murali and Kautilya as Gandhi gave top class performances. Naina Ganguly as Ranga’s wife is decent. Vamsi Nakkanti as Chalasani Venkata Ratnam is adequate.
This is Ram Gopal Varma’s movie all the way and the most violent one till date. You can’t blame him as the story demands it. The major highlights of the movie are the way the murders of Venkata Ratnam, Vangaveeti Radha, Devineni Gandhi and Devineni Murali are portrayed. Camera work by Rahul, Dilip and Surya is top-notch and so is the background score by Ravi Shankar. The first half of the movie will keep you spell-bound and the second half could have been better. Given the title “Vangaveeti”, the director could have showcased some good deeds done by Ranga. Nevertheless, director should be lauded for his efforts in presenting the characters as it is without adding any masala and extreme care has been taken to bring the past era (70’s, 80’s) on the screen as accurately as possible.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
If you are a follower of Vijayawada Crime and politics in the seventies and eighties, there is no need to find a reason to watch “Vangaveeti”. You will also like it if you are a lover of biopics and Ramu movies.
— Ajay Mudunuri