Rating: 6.5/10 (Adequate Crime Thriller)
Cast: Sree Vishnu, Rahul Ramakrishna, Priyadarshi, Nivetha Thomas, Saytadev, Nivetha Pethuraj, Ajay Ghose, Harshavardhan, Sivaji Raja
Written and Directed by: Vivek Athreya
Producer: Vijay Kumar Manyam
Banner: Manyam Productions
After Mental Madhilo, director Vivek Athreya is back with his latest Brochevarevurara. A crime comedy, this film reunites him with his Mental Madhilo lead actor Sree Vishnu and has Nivetha Thomas, Priyadarshi, and Rahul Ramakrishna in supporting roles. The movie had an excellent teaser so does the entire thing meet the right expectations? Let's find out
Plot: The parallel stories of an aspiring director (Satayadev) and his preferred actress (Nivetha Pethuraj), 3 useless friends (Sree Vishnu, Rahul Ramakrishna, and Priyadarshi), and freshman student who aspires to be a dancer (Nivetha Thomas) all become interconnected due to one incident. How each character arc gets resolved forms the rest of this comic crime caper.
Performances: The casting in this film are perfect. Sree Vishnu is excellent as the useless college student and leader of the pack. His natural acting and dialogue delivery are a huge asset to his role and he delivers another solid performances. Rahul Ramakrishna and Priyadarshi are hilarious in parts with their typical Telangana accents.
Nivetha Thomas gives another good performance but it doesn't have the scope like her roles did in Gentleman and Ninnu Kori. Satyadev is good and Nivetha Pethuraj in a cameo is adequate as well.
Sivaji Raja is funny in his cameo as Sree Vishunu's father.
Ajay Ghose gets another negative character and makes the most of it while Harshavardhan entertains as a cop trying to solve the case.
Direction: This is Vivek Athreya's 2nd film after Mental Madhilo. I haven't had the chance to finish Mental Madhilo so this movie is the first time that I really get to experience something that he's made. From whatever I watched in Mental Madhilo, this is definitely an improvement. You can clearly see the narrative style of Vivek Athreya and the creativity that he brings to the table in the first 20 minutes. The script is ok but features a lot of twists and turns which keeps the film engaging. But one feels that it runs out of steam after all the twists are over and kind of drags on. He generates superb fun from the 3 main leads and some thier dialogues and situations are quite funny. Another good thing is that the film is well written and all the characters are important to the story. Many times in Telugu movies we see unnecessary characters or useless roles put into the script and wasteful cameos from time to time. Thankfully, this film doesn't do that. The interval twist is very nice and forms the basis for the entire movie. Each and every character has a motive and this results in an entertaining watch for the majority. Overall, Vivek Athreya's execution for this unique script is decent and he delivers an adequate movie overall.
Technicalities: Music and BGM by Vivek Sagar is very good but the background score is unusually loud during the interval. The songs are mostly montage songs and nicely blended into the narrative. Cinematography by Sai Sriram is fine. Editing by Raviteja Girijala is alright. The movie could be a tad shorter in my opinion. Dialogues b Vivek Athreya are excellent. Some of them are very funny at times. Art is decent. Costumes chosen are wacky but fit nicely into the mood of the film. Production Values by Manyam Productions are adequate.
+ 1st half
- Lag in Places
Analysis and Final Verdict: These days Telugu cinema fans are craving films that have different content but still manage to be entertaining. Last week Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya was able to strike a chord with the audience and this week Brochevarevarura does the same.
The film is a comedic crime thriller that's decently made and is partially engaging. The reason I say partially is because the teaser makes it seem if the movie is going to be a full on entertainer but it's anything but. It's a crime thriller that has comedic undertones. So don't be expecting a laugh riot from start to finish.
The movie starts off in an interesting way and once the story of Satyadev's wannabe director comes in, you start to wonder in the 3 friends and Mithra are all part of a film within film. That's the feel the movie gives at first. As it progresses, the comedy works and the interval really shifts the mood of things.
The problems start post the interval when all the twists have been revealed and the pace starts to lag a little bit. The script is decent but Athreya's direction makes it engaging more often than not.
Brochevaruevera is not a bad movie. But due to some issues in the 2nd half, it remains average because sometimes it feels boring and at other times it's engaging. I would say have the right expectations in mind when watching the film and don't expect a movie that is outright funny from first frame to the last.
Overall, Brochevarevarura is an adequate crime thriller from Vivek Athreya and co that is well made technically speaking but partially engaging entertainment wise. Solid performances, a decent script, and some good comedy are the highlights of this crime caper. It's def worth a watch for the attempt and fresh content. But just don't expect anything mind blowing and keep your expectations in check.
Here's the trailer just in case: