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Krishna Vrinda Vihari

Krishna Vrinda Vihari Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : / 5

Krishna Vrinda Vihari Movie Review : A cliché rom-com that needed better direction and writing

Story: Krishna (Naga Shaurya) falls for Vrinda (Shirley Setia) and tells a white lie at home to ensure they’re married. But what happens when his lie catches up with him?

Review: Anish Krishna’s Krishna Vrinda Vihari is a meddling rom-com that tries to set itself apart from the rest but doesn’t really manage. The film’s tonality wavers between comedy, drama and sentimental, with the narrative so jagged, you wonder why a dialogue is making you laugh in the middle of a serious scene. But that’s not the only issue the film suffers from because the familiarities with Ante Sundaraniki are also hard to miss.

Krishna (Naga Shaurya) has come to Hyderabad with big dreams in his eyes. Not of pursuing his dream job and making big money, but of finding a girl he can call his. He finds that girl in his boss Vrinda (Shirley Setia), who’s the complete opposite of him and his family. You see, Krishna hails from a small village in West Godavari and has the kind of family that still follows madi acharam and talks in an odd accent that filmmakers think is how Brahmin people talk. Instead of coming across as relatable, his family manages to come across as plain annoying. The big matriarch of his family is Amritavalli (Radhika), who’s called the Sivagami of her village in one scene, because anything she says goes. As for Vrinda’s Punjabi family, we don’t spend too much time on them apart from when Amritavalli decides to judge them for drinking on a happy occasion. But we digress.

The way the love track between Krishna and Vrinda unfolds is so outdated and stilted; it’s really hard to feign interest in the scenes that unfold in the first half of the film. It’s not for lack of trying though because Anish seems to follow familiar beats but also do just enough to ensure the scenes don’t look fully similar to what you’ve seen before. A whole track involving a cleaning staff at their office and a misunderstanding just seems to buy for time. Minus the homophobic and problematic jokes, some scenes involving Shaurya, Satya, Vennela Kishore and Rahul Ramakrishna manage to make you laugh. Even the ‘villain’ of this tale is so silly; you never take him seriously and burst out laughing when his lackeys try to stand up for him. Krishna Vrinda Vihari truly gets into the thick of things only in the second half. The scenes that unfold will be relatable to many, but it doesn’t necessarily make for good cinema.

Set in a world that is patriarchal, the leads seem to be the only people living in the present. But don’t get your hopes up too high. Krishna gets numerous chances to morally police Vrinda, maybe even bend her to his will, but he doesn’t. Vrinda finds herself in a tough situation and manages to do the unthinkable – stand up for herself and prioritise her sanity. These two characters even have chemistry given the right circumstances; they just needed a well-built world to exist in. Because beyond that, everything else about their characters is plain cliché. He’s the typical momma’s boy and she’s reduced to the woman who just want her husband’s attention and mother-in-law’s love. There’s even a karva chauth scene thrown in for good measure.

It’s worth mentioning that core plot point of Krishna Vrinda Vihari will remind you of Ante Sundaraniki, it’s just that Vivek Athreya managed to pull it off better. Naga Shaurya does a good job of playing Krishna, but it’s really nothing he hasn’t done before. Shirley Setia does a good job but the writing doesn’t really give her enough scope. Radhika, Satya, Vennela Kishore, Brahmaji and rest of the cast do their jobs well. But yet again, it’s nothing they haven’t done before. Swara Sagar Mahati’s music is plain okay but fits well with the film.

Krishna Vrinda Vihari needed better writing and direction for it to work, because it relies a little too much on the shoddily written light-hearted moments to pull it through.

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