F2: A thorough laughter riot

Director: Anil Ravipudi; Cast: Venkatesh, Varun Tej, Tamannaah, Mehreen, Prakash Raj

By Author  |  Published: 12th Jan 2019  4:42 pmUpdated: 12th Jan 2019  5:12 pm
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Venky (Venkatesh) is an average man, working for an MLA as an assistant. He gets married to Harika (Tamannaah) and has typical marital problems with her. Harika’s sister Honey (Mehreen) is in love with Varun (Varun Tej) and he starts experiencing similar problems before marriage. How will Venky and Varun deal with these marital issues?

Tollywood and Bollywood saw tens of comedy movies where husbands plot against their wives to gain an upper-hand in the marriage and end up having a series of misadventures. These movies throw logic away and offer pure entertainment where the audiences can have a few quick laughs and forget real life sorrows for a while. This movie is just that, with a healthy dose of misogyny, stereotyping, slapstick humour and a few songs just randomly thrown in.

It starts off with Venky and Varun telling their sorrows to a European police officer (Nassar), after being arrested. Venky regales about his account of getting married to Harika and after a point, it goes down the heavily stereotyped path of a man being driven to the brink by his nagging wife. Varun surprisingly experiences the exact same set of issues, if not more. The first half is entirely about the kind of a personal hell that a spouse can create and is filled with several comic moments and is reminiscent of all the family entertainers that Venkatesh is known for. This role isn’t any different and he does just what is expected from him and is thoroughly entertaining to watch. Varun also does a decent job here.

The second half is a cacophony of different plot elements where some heavily caricaturized characters appear out of nowhere and the misogyny seems to escalate. It gets slightly confusing after a point but the second half is even more on the much treaded path than the first half, and gets pretty predictable. But it could have been intentional, as many comic elements in this movie have been put in with the assumption that the audiences would have watched many Tollywood movies earlier, with many subtle references. There are also references as to how a movie review is usually written and taking that in good humour, an attempt has been made to not make this review seem like previous ones. Prakash Raj is the highlight of the entire second half.

However, the second half is where the film redeems itself of its misogyny and has a decent message in the ending. Owing to this and the fact that the movie is an absolute laughter riot, it will make for a perfect family outing over this four-day long weekend.