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06 Oct, 2020
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Varmaa

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A young doctor goes off the rails after the one true love of his life marries another man. How far will he go on the path of self-destruction and is there redemption at the end of this journey?
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Varmaa Movie Review : Bala's Varmaa gets Arjun Reddy all wrong

Critic's Rating: 2.0/5
Varmaa Movie Review: “Did they even watch the film?” This is the general comment that gets thrown about following any badly made film. Forget the other films, in the case of Varmaa, we very well know the answer — “Yes!” In what was a first-ever occurrence, unhappy with the film, a disgruntled producer and a doting dad, who wanted his son to have the best launch pad, decided to remake the film from scratch. And thus, we got the biggest question posed to movie buffs since ‘Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali’ — ‘How bad was the Bala version?’

Varmaa offers one the chance to find out, even it means you will have to sit through a romance-as-self-abuse story for the fourth time. Fortunately, for us, unlike in the previous instances, we do not have to sit through a three-hour saga. Varmaa runs under two hours, and feels like someone decided to play Adithya Varma at 1.5X speed on YouTube. How did Bala manage this? He turns a character study of a tortured — and problematic individual — into a plot-driven story about an entitled, spoilt brat.

Bala just powers us through incident after incident… this happened, then, this happened, and this happened, and so on, without pausing to let the scenes breathe and make us experience what the characters are feeling. It is like seeing another train pass by while you are on a train; you sense momentum but do not register anything else.

He makes Varmaa’s battle very external. And thus, we get one crucial character that the original, Arjun Reddy, did not have. This is Bhavani (Eswari Rao), a maid who has raised Varmaa since childhood and is more or less a foster mother to him. The other versions had a grandmother who made the titular character who performed the role of a life coach. Here, Bhavani does the job that the friends did in the original – protecting Varmaa from himself. This is, perhaps, the only character that gets a well-defined arc. Here are friends, too, but they are so generic, and very functional. In fact, in the scene in which Varmaa confronts Megha’s family following her wedding, Bala entirely does away with the crucial bit of his friend defending him for Varmaa.

Bala has never been a visual stylist, but here, that feels like a drawback as you don’t feel that vigour in the frames (the cinematographer is M Sukumar). And, for some reason, despite roping in Radhan, who was the music director of Arjun Reddy, he goes for a score that is familiar and routine instead of the electric score that the composer did for the original. These choices rob the film off edge. Instead of feeling new age-y, Varmaa comes across as old-fashioned and even crass at times. It gets Arjun Reddy all wrong.

And the casting is way off the mark. Already let down by the writing, the actors hardly manage to breathe life into their characters. Megha Chowdhury is entirely miscast and there is zero chemistry between her and Dhruv. Eswari Rao is apt as Bhavani, but the other actors, like Raiza Wilson, whose role feels mercilessly chopped, seem too lightweight to make an impression. As for Dhruv Vikram, he is rawer here, looking sure-footed in some scenes and like a novice in some.

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Abhijeet 132316 days ago

Pathetic one...waste of time

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Very love pain move

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