Rating: 3.5 stars
One of the festivities of Sankranthi in a Telugu family is catching a movie as a family. Keeping up with the spirit of freshness, any writer, director or star who offers something fresh that brings the whole family together has a sure shot at hitting the target. Director Trivikram and superstar Allu Arjun finally get this simple rule right.
Repackaging a classic 1980’s storyline of baby switch at birth and the complicated relationships with the twist of fortunes, Trivikram brews in a tight story with a smart screenplay. An otherwise simple act of baby switch can breed a thousand sensitive stories. Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is one such sensitive story. With the burden of ticking off checklists of a Tollywood A List starrer, Trivikram steers clear through intelligently. Therein lies the freshness of the movie. The star fans and families are entertained alike.
The chartbusting Thaman music backed with ensemble singing talents and lyrical geniuses, and PS Vinod’s earthy sepia toned cinematography add to the breezy pace of the story. Needless to say, the script rises above all, in the technical departments. From the simplest of the morals to complicated of relationships, the lines spoken by the characters stay with you for a long time to cherish. The script keeps the drama sublime, characters real and the logical flaws, pardonable.
Allu Arjun comes up with one of his finest performances till date that is restrained yet delivers a punch when required. For a good dancer like him, the stunts are cakewalk which like the songs are well blended in. Pooja Hegde unlike the previous Trivikram heroines is strong and looks ravishing. Tabu who dubbed for herself has some tender moments with Jayram chipping in with a strong performance. It's Murali Sharma who stands tall among all the support cast with his cringy middle class dad character. Rajender Prasad, Sunil and others add to the comic relief. Samuthirakani is convincing as the antagonist.
Some special mentions must be made to the musical climax action sequence which is lyrical at its best. A Chiranjeevi family medley in a board room scene brings a smile on your face like the good old Amitabh Bachchan in Namak Halal did. A well-grounded family drama and restrain maintained by the director makes Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, a worthy Sankranthi festivity to indulge.