- Producer : SKN
- Staring : Vijay Deverakonda, Priyanka Jawalkar, Malavika Nair, Sijju, Yamuna, Chammak Chandra and Uttej.
- Director : Rahul Sankrityan
- Music Director : Jakes Bejoy
- Cinematography : Sujith Sarang
- Story : Rahul Sankrityan
- Screenplay : Saikumar Reddy
Banner: UV Creations and GA2 Pictures
Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Priyanka Jawalkar, Malavika Nair, Sijju, Yamuna, Chammak Chandra and Uttej.
Screenplay, Dialogues: Saikumar Reddy
Music Director: Jakes Bejoy
Cinematography: Sujith Sarang
Story and Direction: Rahul Sankrityan
Released on: November 17, 2018
Vijay Deverakonda’s latest, “Taxiwaala”, after the sleeper success of ‘Geetha Govindam’ and a flop ‘NOTA’ this year is his third film of 2018. With each film releasing, actor Vijay Deverakonda has not only proved his crowd pulling capabilities, but is also continuously facing tougher challenges. After ‘Pelli Choopulu’, ‘Arjun Reddy’ and ‘Geetha Govindam’ turned out to be fluke hits, Vijay faced an acid test with ‘NOTA’. Though ‘NOTA’ flopped, Vijay could still draw good collections on the film’s Day One.
Strangely, ‘Taxiwaala’ has released on Saturday (today) instead of Friday. But, even before its theatrical release, the film got leaked online causing tension in the production house.
Vijay Deverakonda (Shiva) arrives in Hyderabad in search of a job. He finds that driving a cab gives more lucrative income. He buys a second hand car but he later realises that the car is possessed by a spirit. How his life changes after that? Whose spirit is it? What is the spirit’s story? Answers to these questions tell the story of ‘Taxiwaala’.
Vijay is charming and holds the film in the first half, but he doesn’t have much role in the second half. Madhunandan has a lengthy role, while Malavika Nair is good in a key role. New actress Priyanka is fine. Others make their presence felt.
‘Taxiwalla’ is a low-budget movie with decent production values and neat cinematography. Jakes Bejoy who has given good background score gave a good song in “Maate Vinaduga”.
The basic plot revolves around a cab that is possessed with a spirit and how that spirit brings changes in the life of the taxi driver. This sounds similar to Nayanathara’s “Dora”. But it is not. As ‘Taxiwaala’ has parallel theme involving actress Malavika Nair.
First half, the movie is engaging and entertaining. Post-interval, the movie goes into flashback mode about Malavika Nair’s background story and the movie’s pace slows down. The film does provide some good comedy moments. Towards the end, the movie drags a bit. Editing should have been crisper. Overall, the concept is an interesting thriller.