Varmaa movie review: Bala’s bold interpretation of Arjun Reddy

And his name was Sethu, brought to life onscreen by Vikram. And in less than two-hours, Bala takes most things out from Varmaa that made Arjun Reddy or Kabir Singh so famous countrywide. Sandeep Vanga with his impressive artistry painted Arjun Reddy as this complex character, who has more to offer than his self-centred and arrogant behaviour. It is as if he knows Varmaa better than anyone else. Varmaa is on the verge of leaving the college after getting into a fistfight with a rival sports team. It is because you know, by now, Varmaa is an inconsiderate man. Producer Mukesh Mehta of E4 Entertainment in his wisdom decided to scrap the entire version made by Bala and reshoot the remake from scratch. Varmaa went on the floors, Bala completed the shoot without any trouble, the filmmakers held a grand audio launch event to kick start the promotions in the run-up to the film’s release. He straight up portrays Varma as an inconsiderate prick, who doesn’t deserve your sympathy. Armed with experience, Bala cuts to the chase. The movie was later made as Adithya Varmaa, which marked the directorial debut of Gireesaaya. Bala’s interpretation of Sandeep Vanga’s material strips the larger-than-life aura around the self-indulgent, inconsiderate, alcoholic and self-destructive protagonist.×1.png
We have all come to believe that Arjun Reddy is special, right? The hype around the remake, and the emotional and nostalgic value of this reunion had success written all over it. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Varmaa’s greatest flaw is he takes people who love him and care for him for granted. That scene is a throwback to how Vikram’s Sethu meets Abitha in Sethu. So much so that Varmaa’s disrespect for the women in his life is the last thing that will bother you. Gireesaaya was the assistant of Sandeep Vanga, the writer and director of Arjun Reddy. (Photo: YouTube/Shreayas Media)Actor Vikram had planned a near-perfect launch for his son Dhruv. Bala adds a little twist to the scene when Varmaa (Dhruv) sees Megha (Megha Chowdhury) for the first time at the college canteen. “Bala’s Cut” makes you realise this whole suffering phase in his life could be avoided, only if he had a little patience. Bala’s Varmaa released on Tuesday on OTT platforms Shreays ET and Simply South. The film courted a lot of controversies as it somehow made being ignorant to the feelings of others look cool and sexy. He got what he deserved.”
Bala has interpreted the character with his hallmark no-nonsense approach. The cult around the character may shatter if people see him just as a deeply flawed man with undesirable habits, instead of a complex man who deserves your love and compassion, despite having cracked a few bones in your body. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd And then he sees Megha. Written by Manoj Kumar R
| Bengaluru |

Updated: October 6, 2020 10:53:11 pm

Dhruv Vikram in director Bala's Varmaa. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. After watching Varmaa, I could see why the producer thought it was not a good idea to release it in theaters. He had picked the remake rights of the biggest blockbuster of the time, Arjun Reddy, and roped in Bala, the director who gave him his first major break with Sethu (1999). Maybe, it is because he made his successful debut as a director over 20 years ago, with a similar character that disregarded feelings of everyone around him. He uses the harshest of words and behaves rudely to the best of his ability, assuming that no matter how much his actions hurt his loved ones, they will come back to him. And that misplaced understanding of relationships has consequences. And Vijay Deverakonda with his lived-in performance turned it into a much-talked-about and highly profitable character. And then he calls for her to bring him a cup of tea. And that’s what separates Varmaa from Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh. You may feel like, “He is such a fool. And that’s an anti-Arjun Reddy thought. It is love at first sight. And then, something unexpected happens. But, it is a unique, honest and bold interpretation of a character that we all love despite the breathtaking level of faultiness. And the Tamil remake remained very faithful to the original, just what Mukesh Mehta may have had expected from Bala in the first place. “Bala’s Cut” maybe unpopular.