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Ved Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5

Ved Movie Review : High on ammunition, low on firepower

Ved has been one of the most-awaited Marathi films this year. The film marks Riteish Deshmukh’s foray into direction and Genelia’s Marathi debut in a prominent role. The story largely revolves around Riteish’s character Satya, a talented cricketer waiting for his moment under the sun. When Satya finally gets the chance to show his skills, he makes the most of the opportunity. Simultaneously, love blossoms in his life with Nisha (Jiya Shankar). But Satya’s cricketing dream is short-lived as he gets wrongly accused of fixing a match. Does he get a chance to prove his innocence? What lengths can he go to in order to protect his and Nisha’s romance?

Inspired by the Telugu film Majili, featuring Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Ved is a quintessential romantic drama that has masala, love, sacrifices, a villain (convincingly played by Raviraj Kende) and its shares of twists and turns. The film oscillates between the past and present as it presents the story of its lead characters. While the first half is largely about Riteish and Jiya’s characters, the second half introduces us to Shravani, played by Genelia Deshmukh, and tells her background story too. Comparatively, the post-interval part is more engaging than the first half.

Ved has a mix of stars. Riteish channels the angst of his character well, while Genelia’s eyes and expressions speak volumes. The actress lights up the frames that she’s in. Newcomer Jiya Shankar oozes confidence and is at ease in front of the camera, but her acting skills require polishing, as do the Marathi speaking skills of Genelia and Riteish. Ashok Saraf is in his element, delivering one punch line after the other while also making his role of Riteish’s father believable. Shubhankar Tawde makes the most of his screen time as does child actor Khushi Hajare.

Ved has been shot aesthetically (cinematography by Bhushankumar Jain) and you almost feel like watching a Hindi film thanks to the way it’s been treated. That scores in favour of the film, hopefully setting in motion a change in the treatment of Marathi films at large. The music by Ajay-Atul is good. One song that particularly stands out is Besuri, sung by Vasundhara Vee, for its haunting quality that adds a certain mystery to Genelia’s background story.

But barring these aspects, the film doesn’t stand out as one expects it to. The story is predictable, even if you haven’t watched Majili. More focus is on glorifying the actors than putting forth a convincing plot. So, if you are a Riteish or Genelia fan, Ved is the perfect weekend watch. But if you’re an average cinegoer wanting to check out what the buzz around Ved is all about, you might be a tad disappointed.

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