What is bad:
The first half of the film gives scope for an interesting twist to Latha’s characterization where she has to grapple between what love is and how things change with time. However, she doesn’t let this thought creep into her mind. She continues to be headstrong and surprisingly, melts down a moment later due to some reasons. Anand, on the other hand, struggles to prove that he’s a good person irrespective of his faults. Sairam Shankar’s squeaky tone is unpleasant on the ears and he needs more grooming. The entire second half of the film runs on a predictable note and has quite a few boring moments. The film also goes into an embarrassingly gloomy mode where almost everyone looks sad. The comedy track between Raghu Babu and Venu Madhav is terrible and the same goes with the item song in the film. Screenplay could have been much better throughout the film.
Story and dialogues written by Prakash are alright. It has some similarities with Karunakaran’s ‘Ullasanga Uthsahanga’. Cinematography by Kalyan is good especially in the songs. Editing by Krishna Reddy is adequate. Music by RP Patnaik is alright. Couple of songs sound pleasant thanks to the music and the lyrics. Rajendra Darshan also handled the screenplay apart from directing it. Screenplay could have been much better throughout the film, especially the second half. Direction is good in parts.
These days, most of the love stories almost run on similar lines. But what makes a love story lovable, is the sparkling chemistry between the lead pair. However, there’s hardly any spark in this film. Anand treats Latha as a prized possession and we never get to know what Latha thinks of Anand. The insipidly etched love story between the two, never lets the aspects of love, struggle, pain and loss reach the audience. Further, barring few dialogues here and there, most of the dialogues sound like tongue twisters and there are just too many of them throughout the film. More than anything, the film shrouds itself in a preaching mode about love, life and doesn’t even spare God! ‘Vaade Kaavali’ is a film where the lead girl writes a diary, believes in Astrology, Horoscope and destiny. In the end, despite the happy ending, the Horoscope of the film is bad and the stars of the universe don’t align in favour of both the film and its audience. A big thumbs down to ‘Vaade Kaavali’.