Waltair Veerayya Movie Review: A decent movie for Chiranjeevi or Ravi Teja fansModified On: 16 January 2023 | Reviewed By: Team Moviekoop
Storyline: Veerayya a luxury goods and liquor smuggler cum fisherman from Jalarpet is called upon by a police officer to help bring a criminal to the task. But does Veerayya have his own agenda for saying yes?
Review: Waltair Veerayya Review: Veerayya (Chiranjeevi) is a luxury goods and liquor smuggler cum fisherman from Jalarpet, Vizag. Despite having a criminal record, he’s respected enough that even the coast guard calls upon him when in dire need. He’s called ‘samundar ka sarkaar’ in a scene. A police officer (Rajendra Prasad) has witnessed something so brutal in Maredumalli that he can’t get over it. He approaches Veerayya in hope that he can get something done that even the law can’t. Seemingly in need of money, he agrees. While the target is Solomon Caesar (Bobby Simha), brother of feared drug lord Michael (Prakash Raj), is there more to why Veerayya agreed to this?
Waltair Veerayya doesn’t take itself too seriously. The film is filled with characters who don’t seem anything like they are on the surface. As the film progresses with the masala formula of a dialogue, fight, song, etc., Bobby slowly peels back the layers to the secrets these characters keep hidden. None of them are who they seem on the surface. The first half of the film is mostly fun and frivolous. Even as Veerayya and gang head to Malaysia on their mission, no one seems to be able to focus enough. The stakes do get high, but they never get high enough. But things change right before the interval.
While there are jokes and some laughter in the second half of the film too, there’s a shift in the tone. ACP Vikram Sagar (Ravi Teja) is introduced, and things get a little more serious as the film progresses. But the film wavers between both till a silly, over-the-top climax brings it to a close. It also doesn’t help that scenes are interrupted or randomly cut to unnecessary duets with Atidhi (Shruti Haasan), who seems to serve a purpose in the story till she’s side-lined. The film has enough high moments to get you through, but the story has nothing special.
Chiranjeevi seems to have fun as Veerayya. Ravi Teja gets a meaty role, and he breezes through it with ease. He fits right into the masala narrative with absolutely no hitch. Rest of the cast, including Shruti, Catherine, Prakash Raj and Bobby do their best with what they’re offered. DSP’s background score and Arthur A Wilson’s camera work add well to Bobby’s direction.
Waltair Veerayya is not a great movie but decent enough, especially if you’re a Chiranjeevi fan or Ravi Teja’s for that matter.
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