Viyyalavari Kayyalu is a good love story with all sorts of usual masalas. You have action, faction, sentiment, comedy, emotion and also a message. But, the villains of the film are poor screenplay and direction. Srihari’s special role and Uday Kiran’s ease are strengths of the film.
A hairstylist Vamsi (Uday Kiran) rescues a girl Nandini (Neha Julka) from the clutches of some rowdies. The girl immediately starts loving him and convinces him about her pure and selfless love. The boy sets out to convince the girl’s brother Bhupati Rayudu (Srihari),
a good-hearted factionist in Rayalaseema. Vamsi wins his confidence after much struggle. He also saves the life of Bhupati on two occasions, when the attacks are engineered by Vengal Reddy (Jayaprakash Reddy), another factionist. Later, Bhupati enters the scene to convince the parents of Vamsi. But, Vamsi’s dad – an honest judicial officer Padmabham (Sayaji Shinde) says No to the proposal. How, the task is achieved by the lovers form the remaining story.
After a long gap, Uday Kiran strikes the Tollywood screen. Of course, his recent film Abaddam (a Telugu dubbed version) has just come and gone unnoticed. Though he has put on some weight, he looked very handsome and energetic.
Neha Julka, appeared as heroine, after her film Okkadunnadu. She is glamorous and cute in several scenes. However, she gave a feel that she is an alien to Telugu nativity. Srihari is the most important character in the film. It is not an exaggeration to say that Srihari is the real hero of the film, considering his dominating role in the second half and climax. Jayaprakash Reddy did the usual villainy as a Rayalaseema factionist.
Venu Madhav, Lakshmipathi, Dharmavarapu, LBS have come out with adequate comedy. Telengana Sakuntala has a single scene of action, and this gives a feel that her potential is not exploited, though the movie has the backdrop of Rayalaseema faction cult.
Story is good. It has a good message for the young generation. Don’t run away from your family, when you want to realize your love. Better convince your parents and they will surely perform your marriage (hmmmm….reminds recent elopement case, doesn’t it ?). The movie takes off with a good start, but then takes a nagging course. By the time, the interval block is knocked at, you feel that your patience is tested to the core. There is not much happening as the story too is clearly a message-oriented.
E. Sattibabu’s direction requires more polished treatment. It seems that he had done it in a hurried manner, without caring much for natural flavor. Most scenes are artificial. The scene in which Uday Kiran comes to stab the rival of his father-in-law is very dramatic. Similarly, several scenes intended to evoke sentiment have failed. Songs and Music by Ramana Gogula are good. But, a couple of numbers serve as sudden players. Background score is good in tune with the title of the film. Stunts by Ram Lakshman deserve special mention. The audience might think that there would be no stunts as the movie’s title is homely. You do have serious stunts and even bloodshed on par with any other violent movie. It might even compete with the recent films like Tulasi, Chiruta and Atidhi when it comes to violence. But, the plus point is that it is toned down to tolerable levels. Comedy is adequate. However, the department is not given a serious place. It just comes and goes. Dialogues are good in parts. Production Values are good.
Viyyalavari Kayyalu has sufficient mass elements to lure the audiences in B and C centers. Audiences who are vexed with violence-prone movies might get some relief with this film. Its title can help create some base for the family crowds too.