One of the earliest Telugu films set during the pandemic is 'Vivaha Bhojanambu.' It's the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and penny-pincher Mahesh (Satya) is ecstatic to be invited to a simple wedding. As fate would have it, an unanticipated nationwide lockdown puts him in a pickle when he is forced to accommodate his in-laws and their numerous relatives for days on end at a significant financial cost. But the underlying issue is that Mahesh's father-in-law (Srikanth Iyengar) is dissatisfied with him because he isn't as wealthy as him, his daughter (Aarjavee as Anitha) isn't as attractive, and he isn't a businessman.Ram Abbaraju, the writer-director, has an unusual premise.
Despite the fact that the Telugu audience has previously seen funny misers (played by top actors such as Rajendra Prasad and Kota Srinivas Rao), Satya manages to make the film look like a one-man show for at least the first half. As a moderately naive and highly dim-witted son-in-law who is simply lucky, he is smart.As the film progresses, it becomes increasingly generic. After around forty minutes, the plot is no longer about the male protagonist's stinginess.
The events grow ambiguous, the narrative loses its focus, and the outrageous comedy gives way to a boring humour fest in which Covid-19 jokes take over for a significant portion of the screen time. The comedy loses its zing, and several of the characters are forced to repeat the same facial gestures. Although late TNR is entertaining, the lack of a witty young male in the bride's camp is a major drawback.Satya's modulations are nice, while the rest of them are exhausting. Srikanth Iyengar is a one-note actor who is otherwise watchable.
The female lead is reduced to a footnote, to the point that you wonder whether she is a professional actress playing a wife. She appears so unsentimental in an out-of-date climax tainted by a handy trope from another age that even a medical counsellor would sound more invested and sympathetic in her client's life.The movie becomes so repetitious that if you discuss a few jokes, you'll wind up giving away the entire plot. In any case, some of the gags aren't really inventive (the likening of Narendra Modi giving tasks to the nation during the March-April 2020 lockdown to the Bigg Boss assigning tasks in the reality show, is just an example). Satya's excellent timing is the only reason they work where they do.When Sundeep Kishan appears on screen as Nellore Prabha,
The skin-deep humour transforms into a Sundeep Kishan-indulgent farce. Ironically, in a picture that lacks an emotional arc, it is this guest character who has his own emotional arc (albeit a ludicrous one). The second half's comedy is utterly awful.A revelation about Mahesh occurs roughly 30 minutes into the second half. The conflict plot point would have existed at least on paper if this had been the interval point.The casting of Subbaraya Sharma, a well-past-his-sell-by-date actor, indicates the film's lack of interest in understanding what the audience wants. Sudarshan the comedian and Shivannarayana of 'Amrutham' fame prove their merits. In summary, the film makes us wish for the lockdown to end so that Mahesh's dull relatives may go and the ordeal known as 'Vivaha Bhojanambu' would come to an end.
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