The Family Star – A slow-paced family drama

Story:

Govardhan (Vijay Deverakonda) is an architect from a modest background, dedicated to supporting his brothers and their families. The arrival of Indu (Mrunal Thakur), a student, as a tenant in his home marks a significant turning point in his life. However, when everything seems to be going smoothly, Govardhan is confronted with a shocking revelation from Indu. Who is she, and what is her connection to his life? The answers to these questions unfold as the story progresses, which needs to be experienced on the big screen.

Plus Points:

Vijay Deverakonda entertains as a middle-class man, embodying the thoughts and behaviours typical of that societal stratum. His performance in family scenes is commendable.

Mrunal Thakur excels in her role as Indu, effectively portraying the character’s evolution before and after the interval. The lead pair’s on-screen chemistry adds charm to the proceedings.

The songs are well-composed and visually appealing on the big screen. Additionally, intermittent comedy adds to the overall enjoyment.

Minus Points:

One would anticipate compelling emotional scenes in this genre. However, the film falls short in delivering such moments. Despite Dil Raju’s claim of Family Star being a substantial love story, it fails to leave a lasting impression.

While there is potential for emotional depth, the movie primarily lacks it. Parasuram Petla’s minimal focus on the screenplay makes several scenes feel drawn out.

The placement of songs feels inappropriate, and Gopi Sundar’s background score lacks impact. The second half pales compared to the first, with a few scenes diminishing the viewing experience.

The comedy fails to elicit sufficient laughter, with Vennela Kishore’s talent being underutilized. Jagapathi Babu’s limited screen time and the fleeting presence of other characters further weaken the narrative. Also, there are a few loopholes in the script.

Technical Aspects:

Parasuram Petla’s direction and screenplay fail to engage, lacking strength and cohesion. Gopi Sundar’s music, though satisfactory in songs, falls short in enhancing key moments. While cinematography and production values are decent, editing could be improved for a better narrative flow.

Verdict:

On the whole, The Family Star entertains to a certain extent. Vijay Deverakonda and Mrunal Thakur deliver fine performances. However, the film’s slow-paced screenplay, lack of emotional depth, ineffective background score, and weak storyline are the notable drawbacks. If you can overlook these aspects, it may still be worth a watch this weekend.

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