Venky Mama (transl. Uncle Venky) is a 2019 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film directed by K. S. Ravindra, and produced by D. Suresh Babu and T. G. Vishwa Prasad under Suresh Productions and People's Media Factory. The film stars Venkatesh, Naga Chaitanya, Raashi Khanna, and Payal Rajput, while Prakash Raj, Nassar, and Rao Ramesh in supporting roles. Music is composed by S. Thaman while Prasad Murella and Prawin Pudi handled cinematography and editing, respectively.
|Directed by||K. S. Ravindra|
|Produced by||D. Suresh Babu|
T. G. Vishwa Prasad
|Screenplay by||Kona Venkat|
K. Chakravarthy Reddy
Srikanth Vissa (dialogues)
|Story by||K. Janardhana Maharshi|
|Music by||S. Thaman|
|Edited by||Prawin Pudi|
People's Media Factory
|Box office||est. ₹72 crore|
The film was released on 13 December 2019, coinciding with Venkatesh's birthday, to mixed reviews from critics but praise for Venkatesh’s performance and ended up as a commercial success at the box office.
The film begins at Draksharama where a well-known personality Ramanarayana, an astrologer, lives with his wife Lakshmi and son Venkatarathnam. Ramanarayana opposes his daughter's marriage, as he foresaw the couple's death, soon after, a year of their son Karthik’s birth. Just like Ramanarayana predicted, Karthik loses his parents in a tragic accident. Here, Ramanarayana warns that the kid also brings bummer to his family and suggests to hand him over to his paternal grandparents. However, Venkatarathnam / Venky Mama denies it and rears his infant nephew with care and affection, even omitting his goal of enrollment in the army.
Years roll by, and now the scene shifts to Kashmir where Venkatarathnam is under the search of Karthik, who left home without informing. Immediately, Venkatarathnam steps into army protected area and get prosecuted when he tries to convince the army officers regarding Karthik. However, they affirm the absence of such a person in their regiment, but Venkatarathnam persists to meet him. So, he starts narrating their story. After completion of engineering, Karthik disdains various jobs because he prefers to stay behind his uncle. Nevertheless, his grandfather always needles. Later, Karthik realizes that Venkatarathnam has forsaken his marital life for his nurture, so he determines to get a perfect match for him. Just as, he is acquainted with newly appointed Hindi teacher Vennela and strives to develop intimacy with her, which she misunderstands. Besides, Karthik's ex-lover Harika, daughter of malicious MLA Pasupathi arrives at the village. Thereupon, Venkatarathnam learns their love affair and chases Harika to seek the reason behind their break up which too, misfires. Right now, Karthik succeeds to make Vennela fall for his uncle. Parallelly, Venkatarathnam also knows from Harika about their detachment is of Karthik's prioritization to his uncle than her and his life. Being cognizant of it, Venkatarathnam decides to disentangle with Karthik and send him to London. At that point, Karthik proclaims that nobody can divide him from his uncle, including him. Overhearing their conversation, Harika repents and understands Karthik's virtue.
Afterwards, Venkatarathnam approaches Pasupathi with the marriage proposal. At that moment, Pasupathi bids to aid Venkatarathnam in the upcoming election because his word is an ordinance to the public in the area. Anyhow, the plan back-pedals when Venkatarathnam spares and ignominies him. All at once, an enraged Pasupathi ploy to slay out Karthik when Venkatarathnam shields him. During the interval, as a flabbergast, Ramanarayana asserts that according to Karthik's horoscope, he is born to kill his maternal uncle and the only redress is to split them. Listening to it, Venkatarathnam and Karthik refuse to accept it. But unfortunately, the word befalls as several incidents which make Karthik realize and leaves the house for the protection of his uncle. After three years, Ramanarayana announces the actuality of Karthik's presence in the army to fulfill his uncle's ambition. Momentarily the story shifts to the present when Venkatarathnam ascertains that Karthik is seized as a hostage by the terrorist to stand-off for their leader who is already dead. During that plight, Venkatarathnam determines to swap as the terrorist in the know that it is a suicide mission to him. By the time of hand-off, due to Karthik's horoscope, he fires Venkatarathnam oversight him as a blackguard. At last, Karthik saves his uncle from the deathbed with his idolization confronting the horoscope. Finally, the movie ends on a happy note with uncle & nephew pairing up with their love interests with an axiom that horoscope is just a belief but love is a reality.
- Venkatesh as Venkatarathnam Naidu / Venky Mama
- Naga Chaitanya as Captain Karthik Shivaram Veeramachineni (Para SF)
- Raashi Khanna as Harika
- Payal Rajput as Vennela
- Prakash Raj as Brigadier Vijay Prakash (Para SF)
- Nassar as Ramanarayana, Venkatarathnam's father
- Geetha as Lakshmi, Venkatarathnam's mother
- Rao Ramesh as MLA Pasupathi, Harika's father
- Sivannarayana as Apparao, Vennela's father
- Mamilla Shailaja Priya as Harika's mother
- Nagineedu as Gagani, Karthik's paternal grandfather
- Indu Anand as Karthik's paternal grandmother
- Charuhasan as Astrologer Namboodri
- Raghu Babu as Advocate Happy Hanumantha Rao
- Aditya Menon as Major Ajay Ahuja
- Kishore as Major Anwar Sadat
- AK as Terrorist
- Parag Tyagi as Goon
- Chammak Chandra as Nukaraju
- Hyper Aadi as Seetharam, Karthik's friend
- Raghu Karumanchi as Raghuramaiah
- Jeeva as Cow-broker Babji
- Vidyullekha Raman as Candy, Harika's friend
- Pooja Ramachandran as Bride
- Gundu Sudarshan as School Teacher
- Narra Srinu as Army Officer Rama Rao
- Dasari Arun Kumar as Dora Babu, Pasupathi's brother-in-law
- C. V. L. Narasimha Rao as Master
- Master Naga Mahesh as Vennela's naughty student
D. Ramanaidu, father of Venkatesh Daggubati and grandfather of Naga Chaitanya, wanted both actors to be seen together on screen, D. Suresh Babu, elder son of Ramanaidu and producer of the film said on the occasion of his father 83rd birth anniversary. So, when Suresh Babu was in search of the story, writer Janardhana Maharshi pitched a story to him which he liked and later writer and director KS Ravindra was joined to direct the film and developed of the storyline of Janardhana and he made major changes to it.
Venkatesh after multi-starrers like Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu with Mahesh Babu, Masala with Ram Pothineni, Gopala Gopala with Pawan Kalyan, and F2 – Fun and Frustration with Varun Tej, is doing another multi-starrer, this time with his nephew Naga Chaitanya. Before this Venkatesh did a cameo role in Chaitanya's film Premam, this is the first time they are doing a full-length role together in a film.
Principal photography began on the banks of Godavari River on 24 February 2019, and completed its first schedule in Rajahmundry. In March 2019, while shooting for an action sequence Venkatesh was injured and advised to take two weeks rest.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||10 December 2019|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|S. Thaman chronology|
|Singles from Venky Mama|
The first song Venky Mama was released on 7 November 2019, Sung by Sri Krishna, Mohana Bhogaraju and lyrics penned by Ramajogayya Sastry, the song tells deep bond between uncle (Venkatesh) and his nephew (Chaitanya).
|1.||"Venky Mama"||Ramajogayya Sastry||Sri Krishna, Mohana Bhogaraju||4:15|
|2.||"Yennellako"||Sri Mani||Prudhvi Chandra, S. Thaman||3:36|
|3.||"Coca Cola Pepsi"||Kasarla Shyam||Simha, Ramya Behara, Aditi Bhavaraju, Hanuman||3:41|
|4.||"Nuvvu Nenu"||Sri Mani||Anurag Kulkarni, Nanditha||4:02|
Venky Mama on opening day collected ₹16.5 crore gross worldwide. On the second day, the film collected ₹14 crore gross worldwide. On the third day, the film collected ₹14.5 crore gross worldwide and despite mixed reviews the movie's first weekend worldwide gross was ₹45 crore. In 11 days, the movie collected a total gross of ₹54.90 crore and a share of ₹31.99 crore worldwide. In 13 days, the movie collected a total gross of ₹57.80 crore worldwide. Up to the third week, the movie collected a total gross of ₹72 crore worldwide.
Venky Mama received mixed reviews from the audience and critics.
The Hans India gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Having a solid storyline became the biggest plus point for this movie. The entire movies revolve around the beautiful relationship between Naga Chaitanya and Venkatesh and the director has executed it in an engaging way". Samayam gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating "Venky Mama will make you laugh, cry and please".
The Times of India gave 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "Mediocre writing and crass humour let down this comic caper. The only saving grace for Venky Mama is the performance of its lead actors Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya". India Today gave 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "Director had to include everything just to play to the gallery and make it please every age group. The result is nothing but a colossal disappointment and a wasted opportunity".
The News Minute gave 2 out of 5 stars stating "Venky Mama is a crowd-pleaser. What they call a mass entertainer. Two songs. Two comedians. Two “double-meaning” scenes, one wasted brilliant actor (Prakash Raj), one adored-as-god village head and a silly looking interview panel. Not really boring". Firstpost gave 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "This isn’t a film where one can judge how well an actor has performed when the writing and treatment leaves a lot to be desired. The film rushes through some of its major set-pieces and there’s hardly a build-up to moments where you might end up crying. The film just doesn't deliver what it sets out to achieve, and we are left to be content with bits and pieces of emotional sequences between Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya. Venky Mama could have been so much more than what it is, but it's a missed opportunity!".
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