Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam review: Has its feel-good moments

Movie: Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam
Rating: 2.75/5
Cast: Vishwak Sen, Rukshar Dhillon, Ritika Nayak, Vennela Kishore
Director: Vidya Sagar
Produced By: Bapineedu B and Sudheer Edara
Release Date: May 6th, 2022

After a series of big-ticket films at the box office, here comes this week’s release Vishwak Sen’s Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam. Billed to be a fuzzy family drama, the movie has seen some delays in its making and release. The entire crew especially Vishwak Sen has pinned high hopes on this film. Can this family drama deliver the warmth and feels as promised? Let’s find out.

Story: Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam follows the story of Arjun Kumar Allam (Vishwak Sen) a simple and sensitive young man finding trouble in getting married. Finally, an alliance comes his way where he along with his family travels from Suryapet to East Godavari to meet the bride Madhavi (Rukshar Dhillon). Due to an unexpected situation, Arjun and family get stuck in Madhavi’s home. Will this unexpected situation cause trouble in their relationship? What complications arise here is what the movie explores.

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Performances: Vishwak Sen as Arjun Kumar Allam does a good job at portraying a timid man suffering from an inferiority complex. His onscreen character is quite a contrast to his off-screen persona and he does a convincing job. Rukshar Dhillon has a lot of screen time but not much to perform. She is miscast in the role of a typical Telugu girl. Ritika Nayak gets a meaty role and does great justice to the character and makes a mark. Other characters such as Vennela Kishore Rajkumar Kasireddy, Kadambari Kiran etc stick to their roles and provide decent entertainment.

Analysis: Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam is not a new story and many films have explored the theme of an arranged marriage before. While an intercaste angle in an arranged marriage is new, the writing doesn’t explore this angle any further than just playing with cliches of Telangana and Godavari regions. The movie’s real strength lies in characterizations and close-to-reality scenes. The story stays rooted to our nativity and viewers would certainly connect with Arjun’s insecurities, his parent’s frustration, and Madhavi’s dilemma. Even the supporting cast featuring extended family smoothens the proceedings.

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Plus Points:

  • Vishwak Sen’s characterization
  • Writing
  • Feel Good moments

Minus Points:

  • Lengthy
  • Weak second half
  • Scenes between lead pair

Verdict: Ashoka Vanam Lo Arjuna Kalyanam is a decent watch and had it been for a solid closure during the second half, the film would have been further enjoyable. Certain inconsistencies in writing aside, this film is certainly a fun entertainer with an interesting message for all sections.


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