Movie: Ori Devuda
Banner: PVP cinema
Form: Vishwak Sen, Mithila Palkar, Asha Bhat, Venkatesh Daggubati, Rahul Ramakrishna and others
Music: Leon James
Dialogues: Tharun Bhasker
Editor: Vijay Mukthavarapu
Cinematography: Vidhu Ayyan
Producers: Prasad V Potluric
Director: Ashwath Marimuthu
Publication date: October 21, 2022
Senior actor Venkatesh sharing screen space with young actor Vishwak Sen sparked interest. “Ori Devuda” continued to be in the news with his aggressive promotions.
Let’s find out its pros and cons.
Arjun (Vishwak Sen) marries his best friend Anu (Mithila Palkar). He soon finds work in his father-in-law’s company. Within a year, he realizes that his married life has turned into a nightmare.
He aspires to become an actor and a chance meeting with Meera (Asha Bhat), a former classmate who is now an assistant director, complicates his life. He decides to divorce Anu.
On the same day, the almighty (Venkatesh) gives him a second chance in life to reset his life.
Will he choose Anu or Meera?
Performances by artists:
Vishwak Sen plays a role that complements his attitude. As a young man insecure about life and love, he gives a good performance. In the second half, he has the ability to perform some emotional sequences, which he does admirably.
Mithila Palkar, who is making her Telugu debut, is a good fit for the role. However, the chemistry between Vishwak Sen and Mithila is uninspiring. Asha Bhat, a newcomer, lacks the necessary decisiveness.
Venkatesh Daggubati radiates dignity in the role of God. He seems to finish his part in a day or two as God sits in a room and doesn’t go out. It is only a brief appearance.
Rahul Ramakrishna works well as Saha Devudu. Venkatesh Kakamunu, who plays Vishwak Sen’s friend, provides some comic relief.
All technicians did a good job. The song “Avunanava” is the best among the music tracks. The cinematography is decent. Tharun Bhaskar’s dialogues are to the point.
The pre-interval episodes
Runs on expected lines
Forced emotional sequences
Uneven second half
Vishwak Sen and Venkatesh collaborated on ‘Ori Devuda’. Stories about the Almighty appearing on Earth and assisting the main character are not new, as many movies with similar themes have been released. However, “Ori Devuda” has an intriguing premise.
The idea of the Almighty giving the main character a wish to reset his life is exciting, as is the hero resuming his romantic journey. This concept allows the director to present two different love stories within the confines of the same setting.
No wonder the opening scenes, especially the married life of Vishwak Sen and Mithila Palker and his chance meeting with Asha Bhat, have sparked interest. They go with the natural flow.
The reset sequences, on the other hand, lack the same energy. In fact, the later sections suffer from predictability. Rather than telling a new story, the film focuses on realizing that the hero is realizing his true love for his wife. Many movies show how the hero discovers his true love when the heroine gets engaged to someone else.
The hero in this story also realizes his true feelings when she gets engaged. So we all know how this story will end.
Despite promising something new at the interval bang, we get to see the formula trajectory.
Except for one or two scenes, like Murali Sharma revealing his flashback episode, all the other sequences seem forced.
In addition, the second heroine, Asha Bhat, is not a stunning beauty. When the hero needs to be distracted after seeing his crush, the filmmakers should have cast a more attractive actress. And the sequences related to God required more care. Those scenes give the impression of rushed filming.
“Ori Devuda” has an intriguing premise, but the screenplay, especially the second half, lacks power. Such movies should have more fun and better romantic scenes. It should have created more new situations. Overall, it’s a decent rom-com.