The Hindu (Mumbai)

Director Parasuram Petla’s Telugu film starring Vijay Deverakond­a and Mrunal Thakur, is an incoherent chaos that is neither interestin­g nor entertaini­ng


film unfolds. Some of them, like his sour relationsh­ip with his older brother, are answered eventually, though superficia­lly. It doesn’t help that except for Govardhan, the other family members have little room to make any impression.

The initial interactio­ns between Govardhan, his family and their new tenant Indu (Mrunal Thakur), supposedly a student at the University of Hyderabad, provide some fun. Each time she calls Govardhan ‘yevandi’, something flutters in him. But the romance, even till the end, is never explored convincing­ly enough to make us root for them.

As the scene shifts to the US, the film completely slips into a zone where anything goes in the name of a plot. There is no reason why Indu, a CEO of a leading infrastruc­ture company, does an anthropolo­gical thesis on a middleclas­s man. The difference­s in strata between Govardhan and Indu, with his aspiration to raise the standard of living for his family while not letting go of his egoistic nature, and she quietly asserting herself while also wallowing in guilt, are also not explored well. All we get are a series of patchilywr­itten incidents.

Every now and then, the underlying aggression in Govardhan’s character is leveraged to underline Vijay Deverakond­a’s image as a regular guy who can turn volatile. When he remarks that everyone is judgementa­l or has a philosophy, it nearly breaks the fourth wall.

Throughout the 2hour 35minute runtime, the film presents several dialogues about middleclas­s lives and aspiration­s, the struggle for recognitio­n in corporate settings and the concept of middleclas­s superstars. However, these points lack a cohesive narrative to anchor them.

When the writing remains muddled, there is nothing the actors can do to salvage the material. Vijay Deverakond­a remains charming and energetic, but this film does not tap into his acting potential. Mrunal is saddled with a sketchily written character and after Sita Ramam and Nanna, the romance in this film is rather pale. Several others, including Divyansha Kaushik, Rohini Hattangadi and Vasuki, have nothing to do. The usually resourcefu­l Vennela Kishore is cast in a role that can be described as decent but nothing memorable.

Family Star does no justice to the family quotient or the star material. It is an interestin­g idea to raise a toast to the star of every middleclas­s family but that idea is lost in a film that gets progressiv­ely boring and tests your patience. The family audience deserve better.

Family Star is currently running in theatres


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