Vedam is a gripping anthology with five stories | An Opinion by Abhiram

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Usually, most of the movies will revolve around the story of a single person or a couple. But in this film Vedam, the director narrated the story of five different people who are not related but meet only in the climax. In film terminology, this is called an anthology film. It is definitely not an easy task to deal with five different stories at the same time. Every story should have a starting middle and end and all the five stories should be extremely gripping.

The five lead roles in this film are poles apart from each other and have different goals and desires. Pop singer Vivek Chakravarthy will be on his way to Hyderabad for a concert. Handloom workers Ramula who belongs to Siricilla has to clear his debt to send his grandson to school. Cable operator Cable Raju from Jubilee Hills slum has to get 40000 to marry a rich girl. A prostitute Saroja from Amalapuram wants to escape and start a company of her own. Rahimuddin Qureshi from Pathabasthi who got vexed with the religious partiality wants to settle down in Sharjah.

All the 5 characters in the film can be compared with the five basic elements: air, water, fire, earth, and sky. We can compare Saroja’s role with water. She just flows with so many flaws. Qureshi’s character is like fire which spreads easily. Vivek Chakravarthy’s character is like air as music needs sound and sounds need air. Ramula’s character is like earth who struggles with so many troubles, failures, and poverty. Raju’s character is like a sky who dreams high.

The director not only created the characters but also tried to convey something with each character to the audience. Ramulu’s dialogue “Illu kattevadi ki illu untunda? Cheppulu kuttevadiki cheppuluntaya?” showcases the financial inequality in society. Though Saroja sells her body, she doesn’t get enough money for her survival which hints labor exploitation. Cable Raju’s dialogue “Sarigga chaavalanna dabbu undali” showcases the mindset of a young man who builds air castles. Rahimuddin Qureshi is an example of the situation of minorities in society. Though Vivek’s father is an Army man, Vivek wants to become a singer and his passion conveys that everyone should follow their dreams.

“Devudini oka bashalo Ramudu antaru. Inko bashalo Allah antaru maro bashalo Jesus antaru. Janalu kottukunedi matham kosam kadu. Vadini emani pilavalo teliyaka”. This simple dialogue gives us a simple message with deep meaning. ‘Rupai’ song says what money can do and how it can change a person. The entire story of the film can be summed up with the single dialogue, “Manishi manishi ga jeevisthe, manishini manishigaa jeevinchaniste.. Vedam”.

I really thank Krish Jagarlamudi, MM Keeravani, Shobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni, VS Gnana Sekhar for giving us this wonderful film.

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Writer’s Note:

Most of us like to get involved in the story and connect with the emotions of the lead actors while watching a film. So, here I am to share my opinions on some of my favorite films. I haven’t done any film appreciation courses and I am just doing this out of passion.

Abhiram

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