Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Raashi Khanna, Aishwarya Rajesh, Catherine Theresa, Izabella Leite
Vijay Deverakonda is the poster boy for self-centered, toxic men who refuse to grow up!
How would you picture the opening of a typical Vijay Deverakonda’s film? A bearded, untidy, messy, unkempt man with a bleeding face and a temper tantrum? Well, you’ve guessed it right.
Directed by Kranthi Madhav, World Famous Lover is a lazily interlaced story force-fed with of clichés, that would not fail to disappoint you!
Gautham (Vijay Deverakonda) is a failed writer who is in a live-in toxic relationship with Yamini (Raashi Khanna) who is the daughter of a rich, business man from Hyderabad. As sitting through one badly written love story is not baseless enough, the movie makes you sit through three. As a failed writer, he also fails to be a decent man in the stories he decides to write after being dumped by his girlfriend.
The movie involves a miscellany of men and women of varying backgrounds. The small town naive village girl Suvarna played by Aishwarya Rajesh, the French pilot Iza played by Izabelle Leite, and a sophisticated, young working woman from Hyderabad, Smitha.
The story effortlessly normalises toxic relationships and it is high time writers stop writing something so callous! Hasn’t VD gotten into enough controversies about normalising abusive relationships? How hasn’t Tollywood gotten the idea yet? It is not okay to be abusive to women (verbal or physical). Being a man does not mean that it is alright to belittle woman, stalking is bad, further with regards to this movie, infidelity is bad, and so is a car-chase with a woman who has left you (and for good reasons). Somewhere in the movie, the hero has his guilt-trip and makes his “I’m sorry” speech that patronises women and the so-called “sacrifices and comprises” they make. No, the message is not delivered and it never really is. That’s just bad filmmaking and roping in the poster boy for a man-child depiction has not helped save this film either.
There is absolutely nothing original about this film. From the story it narrates to the dialogues, acting and music, everything about this film is exhausting.
On top of that, a screenspace occupying the protagonist that we have already seen too much of already in this character, comes across like bad television, more like the one that you wouldn’t sit through after the pilot.
Lost in this disaster of a movie is Aishwarya Rajesh’s brilliant acting. She beautifully depicts the role of an innocent helpless yet strong village girl.
Verdict: A commercial box office hit of this movie would reflect the failing taste of our population in films.