After the debacle with Nota, Vijay Deverakonda is back with a fun and entertaining film where he is seen in his element. The captain of the ship, Rahul Sankrityan, proves his mettle by artistically packing various elements together without any chaos or confusion.
Fresh out of college, Siva Kumar (Vijay) tries his hand at several odd jobs before becoming a taxi driver. After many hurdles, he finally manages to get an amazing car for unbelievable bargain. Though all his financial and personal woes seem to be solved because of this new car, a series of unfortunate events spook him out.
Without giving away the suspense, the trailer hinted at some supernatural elements and that forms the crux of the story. The first half keeps the audience at the edge of their seats with them desperately trying to fit the jigsaw pieces together and solve the suspense.
Vijay’s character in this film is neither like the Mr goody-two-shoes of Pelli Choopulu nor the rebellious Arjun Reddy. Finding the right balance and portraying a character with all its vulnerabilities proves Vijay’s versatility as an actor, something that sets him apart from his contemporaries.
The background score and soundtrack merge seamlessly with the narrative and ‘Maate Vinadhuga’ needs a special mention. With Sid Sriram’s vocals and Jakes Bejoy’s composition, this is the latest chartbuster.
Though there are some strong emotions and thrilling sequences in the film, the comedy quotient is the strong point. The supporting cast – Babai (Madhu Nandan), Hollywood (Mahesh Vitta) and occasional entries from Chammak Chandra – enhance the humour elements.
Debutante Priyanka Jawalkar’s performance is subtle and to the point, which is a relief as many newcomers tend to resort to stereotypical hyper acting. Malavika’s role is meatier than the other female lead as it has more scope to perform. To know more, you will have to watch the film.
The second half can seem like an entirely different story as it focuses on other characters altogether. Due to expectation set by the first half, which comes across as crisp and entertaining, the after interval part can seem a tad dull.
The film couldn’t have asked for a better timing. With Amar Akbar Anthony tanking at the BO and almost two weeks to 2.0’s release, the track is clear for Taxiwala to race ahead of its competition.