Venkatesh is often referred to as Victory Venkatesh because over the years the actor has delivered many hits at a consistent rate. He was part of the top heroes of the previous generation not for nothing and if one were to ask the trade pundits, many would say his name as the star with high success rate among the previous generation of top heroes. But off late the star is clearly off form and failing to get the audience in like he previously used to do.
The important thing to remember though here is that this wasn’t the case with Venki alone. Other peers of his generation like Balakrishna and Nagarjuna too were going through the same phase from some time. Together their dwindling box office collections made the trade feel that their time was well and truly over and that they are staring final days of their stardom. Come 2014, the critics and naysayers were finally made to eat their words with the superlative performance of the films starring two of these stars Balakrishna (Legend) and Nagarjuna (Manam).
This has put the spotlight back on Venkatesh. There are now tremendous expectations on Venkatesh to deliver. Another interesting aspect here that has added to the pressure is the genre of the film. Both Balakrishna and Nagarjuna scored hits in their strength genre, similarly now Venkatesh is coming with Drishyam which a strength genre for him. The question on everyone’s mind now is can he too deliver like the other two stars from his generation.
Drishyam is directed by Sripriya who has absolutely no credit or reputation behind her to lend hype to the film. Neither are some hot in the market heroines starring in the film nor does the film feature blockbuster songs. The only thing that gives positivity on Drishyam is that it’s a remake of an Industry Hit film from another language. Will this factor alone be enough to generate curiosity for the people to come in initially or does Venkatesh still have the pull to bring the families in post the release of the film through the word of mouth?
There are many more such questions and all the answers would be known in few days time. Do you think that Venkatesh can do it on his own, with the sole support of script and nothing else? Share us your thoughts.