CURIOUS CASE OF VIJAY DEVARAKONDA
It’s been more than a month since Arjun Reddy is released and people are still not out of its hangover. If director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s vision is one of the main reasons for this, Vijay Devarakonda is another strong pillar of the film causing this phenomenon. We come across many star-studded films which sometimes makes us leave the film in the half way itself. How could a 4 film old actor made us hooked to our seats for 3 hours and left us wanting for more? Let’s try and decode it.
We have seen the director telling that his first choice for the film was Allu Arjun and next, the film went to Sharwanand and we also know that Sharwanand himself agreed that Vijay is the best choice for the film and couldn’t have done what Vijay did in the film. Had Allu Arjun or Sharwanand had done the film the film would have been successful but it would have been a different Arjun Reddy and not the one we witnessed, Which only Vijay Devarakonda can achieve it. Boldness is something which cannot be acted, it should come out organically. Vijay Devarakonda is someone who is bold in real life too which is evident in the way he speaks out his heart be it in interviews or the speech he gave in the pre-release event. To explain it more clearly, Manoj Bajpayee is considered as one of the best actors in Hindi cinema and has a certain image. In gangs of wasseypur, there is a scene where Manoj Bajpayee, A married man is seen visiting brothel house and his wife comes to catch him with a knife in her hand and Manoj Bajpayee quickly gets scared and runs away like a rat while his wife abuses him with all the ugly words she could think of. I don’t know how many actors in Telugu cinema can play these kinds of roles but I’m sure given a chance Vijay Devarakonda will do it with ease if the character excites him and the script demands it. Acting and challenges are what gives him a high and keeps him alive.
Right from the role he played in Life is beautiful as Ajay he just gets into the shoes of the character very effortlessly and the way he is getting matured as an actor film by film is really praiseworthy.
Coming back to Arjun Reddy, Vijay Devarakonda excels in every scene we see him and the minute detailing he brings into the film is just brilliant. There is a scene in the film where Preethi is playing antyakshari with her friends and Arjun calls her. He just asks her general stuff like what is she doing and how is her hostel but we see the crowd in theatre whistling and clapping for him, Why? Generally, this is an applause we see when a star hero bashes up 10 guys and shouts out lengthy dialogues, How come a simple scene like this getting such applause? I think the answer to this question is what makes us write this article. We can see the way he looks Preethi deeply into her eyes smiling at her which makes us understand the love Arjun Reddy has for Preethi. People often recognize Arjun Reddy for its boldness and the raw elements in the film but there are too many underlying layers to the film, the character and a strong subtext which only Vijay Devarakonda could have done justice to it and also one needs guts to accept and act in scenes like putting the ice in the trousers or the interval scene. In the scene where Arjun goes to Amit’s college to beat him up, the way he shows his anger, pain, and sadness in one single scene proves what an actor he is and what he is capable of
Very few actors have a screen presence where their close-ups on the screen itself can be very arresting and one such actor is Vijay. He just slays away the audience every time he appears on the screen whether he is crying like a baby for Preethi or when he is shouting at her with anger. This is what made the audience to sit in the theatres for 3 hours without getting bored and made them watch the film again and again. There is Nawazuddin Siddique for Hindi cinema, Vijay Sethupathi for Tamil cinema and Vijay Devarakonda for us who don’t shy away from challenges and are always ready to experiment. I don’t understand the qualifications required for becoming a star but Vijay Devarakonda has all the ingredients to become one.