|Directed by||Deva Katta|
|Produced by||Ravi Vallabhaneni
|Written by||Deva Katta|
|Music by||Mahesh Shankar|
|Distributed by||Paramjyothi Films|
|Release date(s)||November 26, 2005|
|Running time||133 mins|
|Budget||2.9 Crores INR|
Audience, setting, and budget
Vennela was well received among the young, urban audiences and south Indian students in USA mostly from Andhra Pradesh, India. 90% of the film was shot in Michigan, United States. The American university setting was shot at Wayne State University main campus in Detroit and Oakland University in Rochester. Only 10% of the film was shot at City College Hyderabad. The film, made on a budget of 2.9 crore, grossed 5.3 crore at the box office and was declared a hit.
Ritesh is intelligent and is also the most eligible bachelor in college. Being the son of a wealthy father, Ritesh is irresponsible, unstable, and vulnerable. He draws hostility, jealousy, enmity with his college mates like Sayeed (Ravi Varma), who was also interested in Pavani, albeit secretly. This threatening lifestyle of Ritesh forces Pavani to dump him.
While celebrating her upcoming departure to the USA with her friends, Pavani meets Naveen (Raja). With his friends, Naveen is also celebrating receiving a visa to study in the USA. Incidentally, both get admitted to the same university.
Naveen and his friends go through culture shock and the troubles faced in studying in the US and trying for a part-time job. For example, Naveen and his friends tangle and have mishaps with women, cars and an Indian restaurant owner, Pachadlla Paramanandam (Brahmanandam). Sayeed, also a student of the same university, is aware of Pavani’s strained relationship with Ritesh.
Sayeed tries to mess up with Pavani and Ritesh's life to satisfy his ego and provokes Ritesh by informing him about Pavani's relationship with Naveen. As Naveen and Pavani get closer, Sayeed gets Ritesh to the USA on a student visa to sabotage their relationship. On the other hand, Ritesh's dad tries to woo Pavani with the property that will be inherited by Ritesh upon her marriage to him. But Pavani rejects Ritesh and his dad's offer. Ritesh becomes hostile towards Pavani: he believes he was used and cheated on and that is he was innocent.
Ritesh's dad advises him not to mess with woman like Pavani, who doesn't want anything to do with Ritesh. He is lucky to be born in a wealthy family, get a good education, and could settle down with his dad's inherited property. However, Ritesh ignores his dad's advice.
The rest of the plot depicts situations that deal with Ritesh's agony at being rejected by Pavani and also on realising that he is a victim of Sayeed's scheme when he chances upon morphed images of Pavani. Subsequently Ritesh becomes psychotic. He kills Sayeed at the university campus and attacks Pavani and Naveen by hiding in their car while they return from work. While Ritesh shoots Naveen's neck, the cops arrive with an ambulance and rescue Naveen and Pavani by shooting Ritesh to death.
The film highlights situations which leads victims, like Ritesh, to dig their own graves by getting into bad company.
- Raja ... Naveen
- Parvati Melton ... Pavani
- Sharwanand ... Ritesh
- Ravi Varma ... Sayeed
- Brahmanandam ... Pachalla Paramanandam(Restaurant owner)
- Vennela Kishore ... Khader
- Madhu Reddiboyina ... Sunil
- Mohit ... Pavan