Vangaveeti is the movie based on the real-life political incidences that happened in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh from 1972 to 1988. The story starts with the ruthless killing of CPI leader, Chalasani Venkatraman in the year 1972 and finally ends in the year 1988 with the assassination of Ranga. The culmination of this political revenge turned into a huge blood bath that took around 40 lives along with the vandalism of the properties that cost more than 100 crores. It took forty days of curfew to maintain law and order in Vijayawada. The violence, the drama, and the revenge, this story has everything that appeals Mr RGV. In his latest venture, Ramgopal Verma left all the traces of his style on the silver screen. The music, the violence, and the cinematography, RGV pulled everything he has got in his repertoire.
Story Plot Description
The story had potential but addicted to his style RGV has turned it into a depiction of the bloodbath in a gang rivalry. The portrayal of the series of murders planned with accuracy and brutally executed has covered the major part of the movie. The newness of the movie comes with narration in RGV’s voice along with a song Champara Vangaveeti that came out beautifully in his voice.
The lead cast of the film is full of newcomers that look great on screen, especially Sandeep Kumar as Vangaveeti Radha. The film works great in parts but lacks the coherence. It seems as RGV has worked more on the moments but missed the focus on the actors. The depiction of gang world was weak, and only a few characters were able to meet the demands of the characters. The major drawback of the film is that it doesn’t have a hero figure and the events purely drive the story. The film has the feel of a docudrama where characters have been twisted, keeping only the names and the angle of crime intact.
The Audience Views
Audiences have a mixed review about the movie; some of them enjoyed the depiction while few were disappointed with the story.
For RGV’s camerawork and research, we would give it three stars out of five. The movie is watchable, and you won’t feel betrayed coming out of the theatre.
The cinematography of the movie is commendable. RGV broke the rule of horizontal composition, and it added to the mood of the narrative. Camera angles interestingly pulled the eerie of the rowdy culture. The issue with the story is that it covers an extended period of sixteen years. In an attempt to put this extended period on-screen, the narrative loses its coherence.
One thing is sure that the expertise of Ram Gopal Verma showing the intensity of a violent scene on the silver screen is still intact. It was a deliberate effort to avoid any political controversy that could affect the business of the film. Despite some loopholes, this film can be called a good attempt of showcasing a saga of political revenge. The film has the ethos of the Andhra Pradesh in the early seventies and late eighties.