Monday, June 29, 2015

Movie Review of Hola Venky

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Hola Venky is the second film from the independent film maker Sandeep Mohan after his success with his first film, 'Love, Wrinkle-Free'. It is the story of Venkatesh, a techie, who is divorced and confused. He embarks on a journey forced by his boss to attend a training from Matunga in Mumbai to the Bay Area in San Francisco. In this quirky and amusing journey of Venky he comes across many odd situations where he is forced to relook and question certain traditional and so-called notions about manliness and life. It is definitely one of the most interesting and exciting indie movie to be released recently.

Cast: Roger Narayan (Venky), Sonia Balcazar (Inez), Giju John  (Kurian), Ashwin Mushran (Psychiatrist), Papiha Nandy, Karl Arana, Sanjeet Dutta, Daikin, Geeta Singh, Sachin G, Sanjeet H, Michelle Lam, Juliette Donahue, Roma Bhansali, Kristen Nolan, Audra Baker
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: Hinglish
Story: Sandeep Mohan
Director: Sandeep Mohan
Producers: Giju John
Music: Vivek Philip
Film Editing by: Shreyas Beltangdy
Cinematography: Prashant Sehgal
Visual Effects: Vijesh Rajan, Aditya Tawde
Sound Department: Subir Kumar Das, Avantika Nimbalker, Ravi Dev Singh
Online Release: 2nd April, 2015
Duration: 88 minutes

Reviewer's Thumb Mark
Independent filmmaker, Sandeep Mohan, and his three member crew undoubtedly wins the viewers on to their side starting from the groin tirelessly and happily to their heart. They have successfully woven a beautiful romantic comedy with a shoe-string budget of Rupees 10 lakhs only. Hole... Holy... Hola... oops... typographical error; this is something similar to what Venkatesh aka Venky, the lead Protagonist of 'Hola Venky' go through in his life. A failed marriage, a sperm seeking 30 something workaholic fiancée, a forced corporate-training US trip and what not, Venky's life as a techie becomes a roller coaster ride for him.

According to Venky's psychiatrist, God resides in either of the three parts of human body - Brain, Heart or Groin. Some people love from the brain, some prefer to love through their heart and some focuses on the groin. Venky believes that his 'God' rests in his groin. He follows the ritual of worshiping his God by lying down on the floor placing a jasmine flower on his Groin and cupping his palms around it making a heart shape to meditate in that position. These scenes are quite hilarious. It turns out to be more funny when you see in one of the scene where Venky not able to find a peaceful spot decides to lie down in a lavatory to do his meditation.

Hola Venky, a nice Indie Movie, is a fine take on funny perceptions and beliefs people hold about life. It is an introspective journey questioning many so-called notions. It is satirical of male chauvinism and depicts beautifully the fast-paced corporate life and how its ambitious lot think about the institution of marriage and how they handle love in their life. There is a dialogue where Venky's retired dad tells that Venky is a man and he should be always on the Top (pun intended) and in another scene where the subtitles reads that Venky is ok now and enjoys life even when his wife prefers to be at the Top always (pun intended).

Sandeep Mohan (Director), Prashant Sehgal (Cinematographer) & Giju John (Producer)

Watch Hola Venky to know about the quirky and amusing journey of a techie from his groin to his heart. What happens to Venky's life when he loses 2% of his 'God' and how Mariachi music helps him to focus on his heart replacing Jasmine with Dahlia flower as offering to his God. Prashant Sehgal's cinematography is commendable and worth mentioning. To watch Hola Venky online click the link below and enjoy the journey from Matunga to San Francisco:

Life Connoisseur Movie Rating:  3.5/5