Vaishakam: An uneven love story
The film attempts to throw light on how human relations have taken a backseat these days, and somewhat manages to do it
B Jaya’s fourth film venture turns out to be another romantic entertainer albeit generously seasoned with family emotions. Vaishakam is a run-of-the-mill love story that is driven by emotions - not just of the girl and boy in love, but also their family and those around them. The story unfolds against the backdrop of a residential colony which plays witness to not just the plotline, but also the ups and downs of the characters’ lives.
Cast: Harish, Avantika Mishra, Sai Kumar, Eashwari Rao, Rama Prabha
Director: B Jaya
Venu (Harish), a reckless youngster who lives with his friends in an apartment, is the bane of every resident’s existence in the colony. Troubling the families living in the apartment complex and the colony is his full-time job. While his careless attitude sums up his character, his kind heart and chivalry are highlighted by a fight where he saves a girl in trouble.
Meanwhile Bhanumati (Avantika Mishra) pretends to be Venu's girlfriend in order to rent a house in the same apartment. She sets up a beauty parlour and goes out of her way to teach Venu a lesson for messing with her. She provokes, teases, abuses, and even kisses him at one point, to keep him restrained. When Venu realises he has fallen for Bhanu and confesses, she shoots him down. Venu takes this as an insult and conspires to throw her out of the apartment. To make sure he lets her stay, Bhanu brings Venu’s paralyzed mother (Eashwari Rao) to stay with her and takes care of her. Much to the annoyance of Venu, his mother, too, prefers staying with Bhanu than him. To get back at her, Venu kidnaps Bhanu’s father and makes him live with him. Why Bhanu is doing what she is doing, why Venu despite being a nice person, troubles the residents, and do these two end up actually falling in love sums up the plot.
Vaishakam’s songs are picturesquely shot in Kazakhstan, while the music is catchy, but only in parts. The film is visually appealing, but in terms of dialogues, more often than not, it feels pretentious, possibly due to the unnecessary and excessive use of alliterations. Comedy, on the other hand, seems forced as every character, including the two leads, struggles to make every scene funny. Speaking of which, Avantika and Harish do a fair job, even though they're newcomers.
The film's strength would have been the actual storyline, if it wasn't crammed with too much in the preclimax portions. If the plotline had been a little more evenly distributed throughout the film, it would have been much more engaging. However, the film attempts to throw light on how human relations have taken a backseat in the current day and age, and manages to do that, however feebly.