Vinaya Vidheya Rama

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Vinaya Vidheya Rama
Vinaya Vidheya Rama poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBoyapati Srinu
Written byBoyapati Srinu
Produced byDVV Danayya
Starring
CinematographyRishi Punjabi
Arthur A. Wilson
Edited byKotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Thammiraju
Music byDevi Sri Prasad
Production
company
Release date
  • 11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
Running time
144 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Budget70 crore[2]
Box officeest. 95 crore[2]

Vinaya Vidheya Rama (transl. The disciplined and benevolent Rama) is a 2019 Indian Telugu-language action film written and directed by Boyapati Srinu and produced by DVV Danayya. The film stars Ram Charan, Vivek Oberoi and Kiara Advani. The music was composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The film revolves around Konidela Ram Charan, an angry young man who sets out to destroy a dictator in Bihar, after the lives of his loved ones are threatened.

The film was released on 11 January 2019 along with dubbed versions in Tamil and Malayalam. Receiving negative reviews for its storyline and action sequences, the film was a box-office bomb, further prompting Charan to issue an apology letter.[3]

Plot[edit]

Four children, led by the oldest one, Bhuvan, are scavengers in a railway station. They then witness a child kidnapping incident, and upon discovery, flee from the place. They decide to commit suicide, fearing that the kidnappers may kill them. While attempting to commit suicide by getting run over by a train, they hear the sound of a baby crying in a nearby bush. Upon discovery, they find out that the baby has been bitten by ants, and rush him to the nearest hospital. After the baby recovers, they decide to raise him as their brother, name him Konidela Ram Charan, and send him to school. The kidnapper escapes prison, and arrives at their residence. Ram stabs the kidnapper and saves his brother's lives. When the doctor asks him about it, he requests him to send his four brothers to school, while he works for them. The doctor then raises them as his children.

The story shifts to the present where Ram kills a powerful dictator from Bihar named Raja Bhai, only to wake up and find out that it is a dream. His family consists of four brothers, four sisters in law, and their children.

Bhuvan is a chief election commissioner with his three other brothers as his subordinates. Ram is then engaged to Sita, the daughter of a woman's rights activist named Puppy. A local criminal and aspiring politician named Ballem Balaram tries to bribe Bhuvan after he seizes his black money. When Bhuvan refuses, he tries to threaten him for which Ram harshly beats him before media. Balaram's brother-in-law Pandem Parasuram challenges Bhuvan and asks him to apologize, for which Ram returns hard on him. This leaves Parasuram humiliated, so he approaches an encounter specialist, who gets to Ram's house and takes his whole family hostage. Ram reaches there and apologizes to Parasuram, only to encounter criminals from Bihar, sent by the dictator Raja Bhai. After fighting the criminals, his sister in-law Gayatri asks Ram about it, to which he reveals the flashback.

Raja Bhai is a local dictator in Bihar who threatened the Chief Minister. Therefore, the chief minister asked the central government and got Bhuvan appointed as the chief election commissioner of Bihar. Raja Bhai held Bhuvan hostage along with his subordinates, to which Bhuvan calls Ram, who was in Gujarat with his family and Sita in a temple. As Ram was traveling back to the airport, he receives the call, rushes to a bridge, and jumps on top of a train that is heading from Gujarat to Bihar. He kills 300 men single-handedly on a horse and gets captured to be taken to Raja Bhai. A fight ensues in which Raja Bhai kills Bhuvan and Ram wounds Raja Bhai severely, sending him into a coma. In the present, Gayatri is shocked terrifically on her husband Bhuvan's death. She asks Ram to take her to Bhuvan's pyre and later to Raja Bhai, the latter in where she challenges Raja Bhai to a duel with Ram. Ram approaches with the body of Raja Bhai's goon and starts the fight with him. He subdues Raja Bhai by cracking his bones and slashing his head with a sword attached to a tree.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Rishi Punjabi, who worked with Boyapati Sreenu on Sarrainodu and Jaya Janaki Nayaka, was the initial cinematographer. He shot half of the film before opting out, due to scheduling conflicts. As a result, Arthur A. Wilson completed the rest of the portions.[4] It was his fourth collaboration with Boyapati Sreenu after Bhadra, Simha, and Dammu.[citation needed]

The film also marks the return of Tamil actor Prashanth in Telugu films after nearly 25 years following Tholi Muddhu (1993).[citation needed]

Release[edit]

Vinaya Vidheya Rama was released worldwide on 11 January 2019 coinciding with the Sankranthi weekend.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

Telugu track list (Original Track)
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Thandaane Thandaane"Sri ManiM. L. R. Karthikeyan4:20
2."Thassadiyya"Sri ManiJaspreet Jasz, M. M. Manasi4:26
3."Ek Baar"Sri ManiDevi Sri Prasad, Ranina Reddy4:19
4."Rama Loves Sita"Sri ManiSimha, Priya Himesh3:54
5."Amma Nanna"Ramajogayya SastryKaala Bhairava3:24
Total length:20:23
Tamil track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Thandaane Thandaane"Sugumar GhaneshanM. L. R. Karthikeyan9:11
2."Thassadiyya"Sugumar GhaneshanYazin Nizar, Surmukhi Raman4:24
3."Ek Baar"Sugumar GhaneshanYazin Nizar, Hari Priya3:01
4."Rama Loves Sita"Sugumar GhaneshanJagadish, Surmukhi Raman3:54
5."Amma Appa"Sugumar GhaneshaYazin Nizar1:40
Total length:20:26
Malayalam track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Thandaane Thandaane"Siju ThuravoorM. L. R. Karthikeyan4:11
2."Romeo Juliet"Siju ThuravoorYazin Nizar, Ala B Bala4:24
3."Ek Baar"Siju ThuravoorYazin Nizar, Ala B Bala4:01
4."Rama Loves Sita"Siju ThuravoorSreeraj Sahajan, Ala B Bala3:54
5."Amma Nee Aranenu"Siju ThuravoorYazin Nizar1:40
Total length:18:16

Reception[edit]

Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu wrote "Vinaya Vidheya Rama is a unique film that needs to be watched, especially for aspiring screenwriters and directors to know how not to write or make a film".[5] The Times of India gave 1.5 out of 5 stars stating "Boyapati becomes a pale shadow of himself as a storyteller. The problem with Vinaya Vidheya Rama isn't the deja vu factor but the fact that the filmmaker takes the audiences and cinematic liberties for granted".[6] India Today gave 2 out of 5 stars stating "Vinaya Vidheya Rama has a meaty story which could have been made into an entertaining commercial actioner. But no, Boyapati Srinu had bigger plans with the film. A plan so big that the story defies gravity, logic, et al(and others)".[7]

The Indian Express gave 1 out of 5 stars stating "Vinaya Vidheya Rama is like watching a Balakrishna action film on steroids. Clumsy and unconvincing screenplay".[8] The New Indian Express gave 1.5 out of 5 stars stating "If there is a plot and a story that is worth a notice, then it is lost between all the fights, songs, dances and random elevation dialogues".[9] Hindustan Times gave 0.5 out of 5 stars stating "The film itself feels dated. It is a mess that even Ram Charan – with all the weird stunts -- cannot punch his way out of".[10] Firstpost gave 1.5 out of 5 stars stating "Realism has absolutely no place in the world of Vinaya Vidheya Rama".[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vinaya Vidheya Rama". www.bbfc.co.uk. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Vinaya Vidheya Rama box office collection: This is what Ram Charan says about its failure". International Business Times. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Ram charan pens an apology letter for first time". www.indiatoday.in. 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Arthur Wilson replaces Rishi Punjabi as cinematographer in Ram Charan's next". thenewsminute.com. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  5. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (11 January 2019). "Vinaya Vidheya Rama review: Not a single redeeming factor". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Vinaya Vidheya Rama Review". The Times of India. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Vinaya Vidheya Rama Movie Review: Ram Charan is the saving grace in this tiring film". India Today. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Vinaya Vidheya Rama movie review: We didn't need this Ram Charan starrer". The Indian Express. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  9. ^ "'Vinaya Vidheya Rama' review: Unreal heroics that never end make for a tiresome film". The New Indian Express. 12 January 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Vinaya Vidheya Rama movie review: Ram Charan cannot punch his way out of this mess". Hindustan Times. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Vinaya Vidheya Rama movie review: Ram Charan, Kiara Advani's action drama is an assault on the senses". Firstpost. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.

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