AVAK: Pleasant surprise


Rama Krishna Sangem


Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam – 154 minutes                                                                                                                        Starring: Vishwak Sen, Ruksar Dhillon, Ritika Naik, Kadambari Kiran and others                                             Music: Jay Krish,  Cinematography Pavi K Pavan, Editing Viplav Nyshadam                                          Producers: Bapineedu B& Sudheer Edara                                                                                                                Director: Vidya Sagar Chinta, Story Ravi Kiran 


At a time when big budget movie like Acharya got a poor response from the audience, a small budget film, Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam (AVAK) has  brought some welcome respite to the Telugu film industry. The movie released on May 6, Friday into a limited number of theaters in 2 Telugu states, but almost recovered its production costs (around Rs 6 crore). Now is on its way to make profits. It may enter Aha OTT by June first week.

Assistant director turned actor Vishwak is known for making small but decent movies with gripping screenplay and stylish acting. In this movie too, he scored many brownies, as most reviewers gave the film not less than 3 out of 5 starts. AVAK is about a contemporary problem of 30 plus boys not finding girls for marriage. 33 year old Vishwak (Allam Arjun) too is one of them from Suryapet town in Telangana.

He gets an arranged-but- no- caste-bar match from a village of East Godavari in Andhra. The story begins with a photo shoot for his engagement with Ruksar (Madhavi) and the marriage party leaving Suryapet in a private bus to the bride’s house. Enough close-up shots on Vishwak tell us that he is already nervous and prays that he should get married at any cost. The bride’s uncertain reaction makes him more tense, whether she likes him or not.

Of course, an unexpected turn – of bride’s younger sister – Ritika (Ritika) – enters the scene and complicates the relationship between hero and heroine. There are some usual twists of hero getting mistaken messages from heroine’s sister and then getting further confused. Finally, heroine loves someone else and elopes with him and the hero is left shocked as his dream of urgently getting married is shattered.

What happens next is the climax, efficiently handled by the director. It is a happy ending, but not exactly as the hero wishes it to be always. His opinion changes on getting married urgently. He realizes that there is no need to be panicky, if marriage gets delayed. Age bar is not a big issue. It is not the marriage itself, but the partner with whom he wants to be hitched is important, he understands. 

There may be some scenes that look dragged, but there is no boring point in the film. The cameo role played by Vennela Kishore (MLA in lockdown times) is hilarious. All the supporting actors get some roles to play in the story. How the relatives of groom spoil the marriages is shown interestingly. The film may be small but the underlining message is loud and clear – save girls and respect women. Overall, a pleasant film to watch.

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