Warm and funny
2h 29m, Certified ‘U/A’.
What is the film about?
Arjun (Vishwak Sen) is a pot-bellied man over thirty under pressure to get married. He finally finds a match in Madhavi (Rukshar Dhillon) and is ready to get married. The story of Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam takes place when Arjun is forced to stay with Madhavi’s family due to lockdown.
What new revelations take Arjun by surprise? How do families stay together? Did Arjun get married includes the overall plot.
Vishwak Sen offers a simple yet adorable act. He goes completely against the grain of the image and plays the role of a non-heroic simpleton who is neither silly nor too naive. Arjun is just an ordinary guy, and that’s how Vishwak Sen describes him. Of course, there are elements that make him a “hero”, but they fall outside the usual expectations.
The little body language mannerisms, subdued and composed diction, and hairstyle all add to Vishwak Sen’s act. We see very few glimpses of the hyper actor that he is and that’s where he scores. Arjun will therefore be a memorable role for him.
Rukshar Dhillon and Ritika Nayak are the main female leads of the film. Both seem adequate for the role and play their parts accordingly. They’re adorable without going the glam route. Rukshar is less bubbly than Ritika, but both dramatically have a decent presence.
Vidya Sagar Chinta conducts Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam. It is a simple and straightforward story of the marriage of an over-aged man who feels the pressure of society.
In recent years, many new-age filmmakers have attempted grounded, realistic dramas with relevant themes. Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam of Vidya Sagar Chinta is another addition to the list.
What’s essential for movies like these to work is a perfect cast and polished writing. The characters must stand out and infiltrate the local milieu. The best of Malayalam films is right. We see all of this materialize in Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam.
When the director knows the characters inside out and the writing backs him up, all that’s left is a decent execution. Vidya Sagar Chinta is right. Despite a predictable (and thin) story, the first half of the film offers plenty of fun moments to stay engaged.
The supporting actors do this trick here. These are all familiar roles – we’ve seen the usual senior uncle riot at weddings, a wedding photographer going crazy with his photography skills, and more. It’s the way they approach proceedings with a regular hero in the center that brings freshness to the whole thing.
A few small twists happen at the interval mark. That might not be the case if one remembers the trailer. They make the second half look forward with curiosity regarding the direction of the film.
The second half is also weak story-wise. The team is once again focusing on the characters to get the most out of the narrative. So we have a few other characters taking the driver’s seat to provide entertainment.
It is the intermittently returning pleasure that is the mainstay of Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam. Some work hilariously like the drinking streak, some work mildly, but they keep the momentum going without slipping away completely.
The drama slows down the debates. It feels like everything is rearranged into the narrative rather than coming organically. So we have a situation where the supporting cast and the fun are moving nicely, while the drama is holding things back. This creates an uneven and uneven story in the second half.
But, ultimately, the pleasure of feeling good outweighs the minor imperfections and leaves us with a bright smile in the end. And it is finally the atmosphere that we carry, leaving the cinemas.
Overall, Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam is a light and enjoyable drama with lots of funny moments. The story is weak and weak, but the superb supporting cast and writing hold it together. Try the movie if you like a simple, dramatic slice of life.
Interpretations by other actors
Goparaju Ramana, Rajkumar Kasireddy, Kadambari Kiran, Kedar Shankar, etc. play essential supporting roles. Everyone fits the middle, and Telangana slang adds to its coolness. The roles of Rajkumar Kasireddy and Kadambari Kiran are reduced in the second half, but Goparaju Ramana takes charge of Vennela Kishore. Basically, there’s no shortage of supporting artists who blend into the narrative and generate fun.
Music and other departments?
Apart from the writing and casting, Jay Krish’s music and background music are key ingredients in adding a great feel to the proceedings. It’s nothing fancy, but it has enough zing and charm to bring that happy feeling. Pavi K Pavan’s cinematography is decent. The small town vibe is well captured. Viplav Nyshadam’s editing makes the narrative uneven, especially in the second half. The writing is good throughout.
Uneven Account (during second half)
Feels a bit long
Better integration of the drama during the second hour would have elevated the film even further. As it stands, it feels like a more grounded, streamlined, and small-scale version of the much-loved Venkatesh movie Aadavari Matalaku Ardhale Verule.
Did I enjoy?
Yes, for the most part
Will you recommend it?
Yes, but with a slight reservation
Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam Movie Review by Mirchi9
Despite the shortcomings of the story, Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam manages to survive and provide the necessary fun. After consecutive heavy films, this is the movie if you’re looking for entertainment with expectations in check. Review to come.
—- Show started. Arjun prepares for an arranged inter-caste marriage.
After Paagal, actor Vishwak Sen returns with a new release Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam. Vidya Sagar Chinta is directing the film, which will hit all screens on May 6.
Vishwak Sen is slowly but surely carving out a niche for himself with unique subject choices. In Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam, he plays a gentle character reminiscent of his Vellipomakey debut.
The promotions and controversy surrounding the film helped create a buzz. But that still isn’t reflected in progress. Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam needs excellent word of mouth to take off at the box office.
The opportunity is correct because there have been a series of biggies, and some have failed spectacularly. Success here will set Vishwak Sen back on track. But more than that will bring to life the little movies that are doing poorly at the box office (except one).
Rukshar Dhillon teams up with Vishwak Sen in Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam. The trailer promises a fun performer, with the two having equal scope. From the first director to the rest of the cast and crew, the film is key to taking them to the next level. BVSN Prasad presents the film, while B Bapineedu and Sudheer Edara produce it.
As always, Mirchi9 will bring you a review of Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam “First-On-Net”, sincerely and honestly. Watch this space for our updates.