On a regular basis moments introduced with humour set the temper for the Telugu movie Ashoka Vanam Lo Arjuna Kalyanam (AVAK), written by Ravi Kiran Kola and directed by Vidyasagar Chinta. Think about this: A nondescript bus arrives in an East Godavari hamlet from Suryapet, full of the bridegroom and his prolonged household. The photographer (Rajkumar Kasireddy) asks them to file out one after the other from the bus, positioning himself such that he can seize all of them by way of his digital camera. Everybody watches in rapt consideration because the photographer utters ‘prepared, regular, motion’. An over-enthusiastic uncle of the bride spoils a photo-worthy second when the groom, Arjun Kumar Allam (Vishwak Sen), alights from the bus. The way through which this sequence is orchestrated to the joyful music of Jay Krish hints that this could possibly be a heartwarming movie that may make viewers snort and likewise give them one thing to chew on. The movie lives as much as that promise.
Because the movie unravels, we perceive the reasoning behind the curious title. The protagonist is 33, trying to find a soulmate and has had sufficient being requested why he’s nonetheless single. Vishwak Sen transforms himself into Arjun, who’s aware of his not-so-fit physique; he’s a pleasant man who desires to be a household man and the rejection he has confronted up to now weighs on him. By way of small mannerisms, he tries to hide his angst with hope, as he spots the bride Madhavi (Rukshar Dhillon), a quiet girl who doesn’t open up.
Ashoka Vanam Lo Arjuna Kalyanam
Forged: Vishwak Sen, Rukshar Dhillon, Ritika Nayak
Path: Vidyasagar Chinta
Music: Jay Krish
The others do many of the speaking for the 2. Ritika Nayak because the bride’s chirpy sister, Kadambari Kiran because the loud, zealous uncle of the bride, Goparaju Ramana ( Center Class Melodies fame) because the nitpicking elder from the groom’s household, Kedar Shankar as Arjun’s father and Vidya Sivalenka as Arjun’s benevolent sister are among the many relations who drive the drama.
The janata curfew and first lockdown function instruments to drive the plot. Tough edges floor as the home shelters the big group for days. We’ve seen a few of these conditions in lockdown-based brief movies and sequence, and but, this movie pulls it off because of the reliable solid. Among the enjoyable additionally arises from contrasting the Telangana and Andhra methods of life.
Arjun being 30+ and single is just one a part of the story. Points equivalent to caste and sophistication variations, societal pressures on younger women and men to get married early, the expectations households place on girls… all these unravel. Gray areas are laid naked. Arjun’s household might not have demanded dowry from the bride’s household, however is it truthful that they count on the household to prepare dinner and serve them by way of lockdown, with out partaking in chores or selecting up the tabs? In one other scene, when an elder bemoans the arrival of one other child woman within the household, he’s chided and reminded of the abysmal gender ratio.
Whereas the primary hour powers on with humour and old-world romance as Arjun tries to befriend the bride, the later parts discover points that come up between well-intentioned folks. The humour runs out after a degree, akin to the fatigue over the seemingly unending lockdown. However quickly, the narrative regains its rhythm because the story opens up new potentialities.
AVAK advantages from its massive solid and technical group. Vishwak Sen takes the cake. Shorn of heroic frills, he submits himself to the story, unafraid to look a tad much less glamorous and wears the insecurities of his character on his shoulders. Rukshar is saddled with a job that doesn’t give her the scope to do a lot; however throughout the given bandwidth, she stays true to the character. Ritika is an unlikely winner. Her character is designed to be annoying at first and she or he stays on cue, and it’s solely later that we take a second have a look at her.
With out revealing spoilers, it might be truthful to say this a lot — the movie exhibits that it has its coronary heart on the proper place when a younger woman is reminded of the objectives she has set for herself. Arjun additionally learns to look past his personal predicament of being 33 and single.
AVAK is a refreshing breather from the larger-than-life, star powered initiatives of late and may depart you with a smile.