Abhi's (Ram) whole world revolves around Vasu (Sree Vishnu), his best friend since childhood. But what happens when both of them fall for the same girl? Will their friendship survive the jolt or will it break them apart?
Abhi (Ram) is not just your run-of-the-mill rich kid with a heart of gold. The friendship he has with Vasu (Sree Vishnu) since childhood is such that he would do anything to make his friend happy. Their lives are so intertwined that everyone else in Abhi's life plays only a second fiddle to Vasu. While his best friend is away on a project, Abhi bumps into Maha (Anupama Parameswaran), a beautiful, bottu and buttalu wearing, house surgeon who's torn between her parents' expectations and her dreams. With Ram being the lead guitarist of the rock band Against Evil and Mahi, a budding vocalist, their friendship finds a mutual ground in music until love takes over. How Vasu gets tangled up in this budding love story is what makes the movie interesting.
But that's just the gist of it. What 'Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi' is actually about is the beautiful friendship between Abhi and Vasu. The smooth transitions the script exhibit between their childhood, college life and a four-year time after, is praise worthy. The actors' love interests in the film, Maha (Anupama Parameswaran) and Maggie (Lavanya Tripathi), only act as catalysts in the choices they make. Every decision Abhi takes effects his friend; be it a heartbreak or running away. The film takes its time to showcase the character traits of Abhi and the rest of the characters, which makes it easier to relate to them. But, that's also where the film lacks certain must-haves and pace which may bother some movie-goers.
Priyadarshi plays Satish, one of the four friends Abhi and Vasu have. His character brings in a lot of fun element into the narration with his antics. And just when one thinks his character is just there for the sake of it, his role gets justified right towards the end. Lavanya Tripathi is good in her role of Maggie, a wedding planner who's planning the wedding of one of the friends. Her character is carefree, without inhibitions, and yet a bit jaded by the lusty men that seem to surround her. Abhi and Vasu come as a breath of fresh air into her life and she is relieved by it. But Maggie's characterisation falls pale in comparison to Mahi.
As Maha, Anupama Parameswaran is beautiful in her role and nothing but a delight to watch on-screen. In short, she is simply the star of this film. Anisha Ambrose plays a cameo right at the beginning of the film, but there's not much for her to do. The direction and writing is pretty convincing, despite the same-old trope of misunderstandings budding between friends due to love. The film is beautifully shot, with the locales of Vizag and Ooty adding in to its laid-back vibe. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is translated better on-screen than expected.
All in all, if you're looking for something relatable this weekend, catch this one. Don't forget to watch it with your friend, we are sure you'll not regret it.