Vijay Devarkonda is Telugu Cinema’s greatest surprise in the last decade. An actor who constantly shies away from the over the top exaggerated masculine gloss that has caged Telugu Cinema for years. I liked him even in life is beautiful. Of course I didn’t know who he was back in those days. But it was only after Yevade Subramaniam that I begin to look out for Vijay Devarkonda with keen interest. He is the best part of the film. As a youngster who lives the moment his energy is infectious. He announces his arrival with a rare joie d verve in a film in which Nani is supposedly the hero. But he makes you miss him once he disappears from the screen. It is a non stop yearning which ends with Nani’s redemption in the end. We feel it too. There’s happiness and hope.
Peli choopulu is another exciting role reversal as he leans on to his version of the knight in shining amour. He does not play the saviour here. Instead he holds on to a better version of his own in his lady love. She is the saviour as he willingly latches on to her until he can rediscover himself. A glorious partnership on screen with a clever switch.
And then there’s Arjun Reddy – the unapologetic A grade asshole. An asshole who is so full of himself. An asshole selfishly latching on to love like a leech. I wonder if anybody would have daring enough to play Arjun Reddy. A film which evokes two extreme reactions till date. He breathes life into the film with his journey, pain and suffering. Taxi Wala was another wilful diversion from the cliches of Telugu Cinema. Geeta Govindam was cute. And he has dear comrade lined up for release in June
The dashing young hero celebrates his birthday today with his famous ice cream truck which will travel across Chennai. You can spot the truck and grab your ice creams. The trucks will be there in Hyderabad, Vijayawada , Warangal, Tirupati, Bangalore, Chennai and Kochi.