F2 Fun & Frustration Audit Report: Venky Makes the film Worth a Watch.


F2 Fun and Frustration
Cast: Venkatesh, Varun Tej, Tamannaah Bhatia
Director: Anil Ravipudi
Rating:3/5

F2 begins on a funny note with Venky (Venkatesh) rebuking Varun (Varun Tej) for attacking the policemen on his own without allowing Venky to showcase his machismo. It plays out like a tussle between Venkatesh’s legacy and Varun Tej’s rise as an actor. Since their screen names are their real names, it’s tough to look beyond the obvious. In any case, Venky keeps breaking the fourth wall by talking to the camera directly. It doesn’t come across as an unnecessary gimmick as the genre readily gives them the scope to go overboard.

Venkatesh’s age has been a running joke since he starred as “Pellikani” Prasad (Bachelor Prasad doesn’t do justice to the word; it actually means Prasad has crossed the marriageable age) in Malliswari. The joke became bigger in his 2010 release, Namo Venkatesa. In F2, though, it’s reduced to a scene where Venky, while buying vegetables with a bunch of women, says he cannot wait any longer to get married as he’s getting old. The line is delivered with a fitting visual representation that expresses his eagerness to find a wife as soon as possible

Venky is an MLA’s assistant and there’s no clear job description for what Varun does in the movie. But Venky and Varun decide to fly off to Europe at the suggestion of a third-wheeler (Rajendra Prasad) to forget all their troubles. The lack of coherence isn’t the only problem here. It’s also the lack of temerity to develop male and female characters outside the box of stereotypes that adds to the woes.

The first half of the film acts as a notice board for unhappy husbands and boyfriends, whereas the latter half, which goes downhill, has messages that are framed in the styles of those WhatsApp forwards that one deletes without reading. Why does every filmmaker feel the need to distribute pamphlets with instructions on them?This is one film in the recent times that makes us eagerly wait for the second half to begin. Such a terrific comedy in the first half. After setting the bar high in the first half, the director slips a bit. The story moves from Hyderabad to Europe and the tone also changes. The entertainment in the second half has many ups and downs. Even though Venky and Varun continue their jokes, with the entry of too many actors like Prakash Raj, Prudhvi, Vennela Kishore and others the comedy ends up being a farce.

And then there is Anil Ravipudi’s weakness- extending the climax. When the film comes to placing ‘The End’ card, he introduces a song and prolongs the movie further. He does the same here too. Had he showed economy of scenes and tighter narration in the second half, the film would have double fun.
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