Anand Deverakonda’s film ‘Pushpaka Vimanam’ got released in theatres on Friday amidst much fan-fare and over-the-top promotions from the team, led by his brother Vijay Deverakonda.
The movie opens with the marriage sequence of Chittilanka Sundar, played by Anand and Meenakhi (Geeth Saini). With a naive and vulnerable posture of a government school teacher, Sundar feels lucky to have a wife like Meenakshi, who was raised in a conservative Telugu family. But, she gets upset with a query for which Sundar regrets later.
Then, the drama sets off. Meenakshi elopes. Waiting in solitude, his nerves on edge and angry, Sundar tries various feats just to cover up and guard his honour for the stature and respectable position he has as a school teacher. And the fun ride follows when all his colleagues pay a visit to his home.
Just before the interval, Anand gives a glimpse of how he got into the skin of the character to make his fans believe that he’s the frustrated husband Sundar. Marred by occasional drags and sluggish sequences, the story gets serious when the mystery keeps unfolding with the entry of inspector Rangam, played by Sunil.
Scenes involving Saanve Megghana and actor Sunil would be rib-tickling in parts. Sundar, who wishes to lead a happy life with his better half Meenakshi, makes his life miserable and life gets more messed up when he gets entangled in the crime. How his life unexpectedly turns upside down with the marriage, would he be able to find solace in the end – make up the rest of the movie. Director Damodara made an honest attempt to weave a story around a missing case.
Senior actor Naresh and Giridhar keep up good pace with their performance as the teaching staff at Sundar’s school. Harsha Vardhan as an aspiring music director looks funny yet unpredictable as the story moves forward. Bhadram and Kireeti Damaraju chipped in well to make the story a mixed bag of fun, frustration and suspense.
Although the story keeps up the pace initially, scenes get a bit preachy in their attempt to send out a message, making the viewers doze off in their seats. Anand has been very innovative in choosing his scripts. He hit a six with his performance in the last outing ‘Middle Class Melodies’, which was also praised by critics. However, this time, the ball has landed just before the boundary line. But, it clears the fence!