Varmaa review – Only Dhruv shines in this racy and weak remake of Arjun Reddy

Title: Varmaa
Rating: 2.25/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Dhruv Vikram, Megha Chowdhury, Easwari Rao, Raiza Wilson
Director: Bala
Streaming on: The-Ally, Shreyas ET, Shemaroo Ent
Language: Tamil

Story: Varmaa Vasudevan (Dhruv Vikram) and Megha (Megha Chowdhury) are deeply in love. Megha’s parents reject their love and get her married off forcibly. Varmaa enters into a self-destructive mode after that. Did he ever become normal again and how forms the story.

Performances: For a debutante, Dhruv Vikram is terrific to say the least and we can do nothing but feel sad that all his efforts were wasted and this movie could never make it to the theatres. Megha Chowdhury has performed decently well but there is absolutely no strong chemistry between the lead pair. Easwari Rao is good. Raiza Wilson appears in a small role.

Technicalities: Camerawork is good. Radhan’s songs and background score create no impact. He is the one who composed music for the original telugu version and also for Adithya Varma. Music played a very important role in the other versions of Arjun Reddy but sadly the soundtrack does not click in this film at all and don’t know who has to be blamed for that. Editing has made this film too racy which is not how this film had to be treated.

Analysis: This film is the remake of Telugu cult hit Arjun Reddy and was called off after completion of shoot with Vikram being disappointed with the output of his son’s debut film. The film was later re-shot as Adithya Varma with a different team and the movie earned good appreciation despite not being a major commercial success. So, the makers have released Varmaa on OTT platforms now. First of all, bringing down the runtime from 3 hours to 110 minutes is the biggest mistake committed by director Bala. Arjun Reddy, Kabir Singh and Adithya Varma worked because of their long runtime. The long runtime helped those films in creating emotional depth in the proceedings and impact on the audience. Sadly, Varmaa fails to do both. It tries to be racy and is constantly hurrying the scenes onto us. It’s hard to connect with the hero’s suffering in the second half because the love story in the first half is completely rushed and also due to lack of chemistry between the lead pair. Bala goes a bit overboard in a few scenes allowing them to be a bit awkward which could have been avoided. Amidst all this, Dhruv keeps surprising us with his capabilities and makes us stay glued to the screen whenever he is there. Surely, he has a great acting career ahead. This film is not an exact copy of Arjun Reddy and certain small changes have been made and Bala definitely deserves credit for that part. Varmaa might be bearable for those who haven’t watched any version of Arjun Reddy so far. For those who watched and liked any version of Arjun Reddy, they would not be able to enjoy or experience this film the same way.

On a whole: Varmaa is Bala’s racy version of Arjun Reddy which may not go well with those who liked the original.

Rating: 2.25/5

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