Arjun Reddy (2017) is a Telugu film starring Vijay Deverakonda that has become a super hit even with the Tamil speaking audience in Chennai. I watched it with English subtitles yesterday in Satyam Cinemas.
The story is about a talented medical student, who falls in love with a girl junior to him in college, their fallout and his drug addiction as a result. The film is squarely about Vijay‘s character as Arjun Reddy, which he has performed brilliantly. He has shown good contrast between being a lover boy in the flashback and has a surgeon battling addiction. Heroine Shalini Pandey fits the role of Preethi, a junior student who gradually falls in love with Arjun. When Arjun storms out of Preethi’s house after her father insults him, Preethi pleads with him to calm down – great performance Shalini, unbelievable it is her first film.
Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga should be appreciated for maintaining the intensity of the story throughout the screenplay. The background score by Radhan adds the necessary support.
This is a long film running over 3 hours, so please have the necessary patience. I understand it was necessary to show the hero smoking and drinking but it could’ve been a bit less and not glorified as it was done in the film.