What is bad:
The story written by Gopi Mohan has a déjà vu effect! Several scenes in the film bring back memories of some of Srinu Vytla’s earlier films like ‘Dhee’, ‘Ready’. After starting on an interesting note, the film takes its own sweet time to unwind in the first half. The entire first half is filled with series of silly incidents which could have been handled in a better way. There’s hardly any on screen chemistry between Venkatesh and Trisha. Yes, it’s true that Pooja is not in love with Venkata Ramana, but she isn’t indifferent towards him either. She sympathizes with him but never expresses her true feelings for him till the very end. The film fiddles with intense action and chase sequences which could have been avoided.
Gopi Mohan’s story is adequate for the film although it has a déjà vu effect. Some of the one-on-one scenes between Venkatesh and Brahmanandam are wonderfully written. Chitapalli Ramana’s dialogues are very good. Cinematography is brilliant throughout the film. The use of colours and lighting deserves a special mention. Two songs which were shot in Iceland were stunning on screen. M R Varma’s editing is adequate. Devi Sri Prasad’s music is alright. ‘Ding Dong’, ‘Soundarya’ and ‘Namo Venkatesa’ songs have good music as well as good lyrics. Srinu Vytla’s screenplay runs on predictable lines, however his direction is noteworthy. The series of incidents between Venkatesh and Brahmanandam are handled well and in a way they are the soul of the film.
‘Namo Venkatesa’ falls in the genre of a family entertainer with ingredients such as comedy, love, sentiment and action. In this sense, the film has been well cooked and it’s a good entertainer without going over the top anywhere. It’s unpretentious and delivers what it sets out to achieve. Moreover, it would be unfair to compare the film with any of Venkatesh or Srinu Vytla’s earlier films because the circumstances which rule ‘Namo Venkatesa’ are quite different from them. The love track in the film could have been better and probably that’s the only disappointment. In the end, ‘Namo Venkatesa’ is a positive, feel-good family entertainer. Watch it for Venkatesh, Brahmanandam and Srinu Vytla’s direction.
The sheepish grin of Venkatesh and Brahmanandam which they use throughout the film is seriously addictive!