Bala's Varmaa - Movie Review

★★★☆☆ Check out the review of Bala's version of Arjun Reddy remake titled Varmaa, which released on OTT platforms on October 6, 2020
Bala's 'Varmaa' went on the floors and the director completed the shoot without any trouble. After grand audio launch event and the promotions in the run-up to the film’s release, producer Mukesh Mehta of E4 Entertainment in his wisdom decided to scrap the entire version made by Bala and reshoot the remake from scratch.

The movie was later renamed as 'Adithya Varmaa', which marked the directorial debut of Gireesaaya. Gireesaaya was the assistant of Sandeep Vanga, the writer and director of 'Arjun Reddy'. And the Tamil remake remained very faithful to the original.

Bala’s Varmaa released on 6 October on over-the-top media streaming services Shreays ET, Tentkotta and Simply South. Bala’s 'Varmaa' has Dhruv Vikram and Megha Chowdhury as leading pair. Akash Premkumar, Easwari Rao, Raiza Wilson, Sandra Amy, and Jai Bala in their co-star’s roles.


The plot remains the same as the original 'Arjun Reddy' and the remake 'Adithya Varma'. A brilliant but short-tempered young surgeon goes down a self-destructive path of alcohol, drugs and violence when the love of his life is forced to marry another man after her family oppose their union.

Critics Review

Bala's Varmaa is a mixed bag, nevertheless bears the filmmaker’s distinct touch and is definitely a “can-see” if not a “must-see”.
2.5 / 5 ()
Bala’s Varmaa feels dead on arrival. A listless, lifeless remake of Arjun Reddy.
1.5 / 5 Sudhir Srinivasan ()
Varmaa is a soulless retelling misadventure that was better off in the cans. The emotional core of Arjun Reddy, Kabir Singh and Adithya Varmaa is completely hollow in this film.
2 / 5 ()
“Bala’s Cut” is a unique, honest and bold interpretation of a character that we all love despite the breathtaking level of faultiness.
3 / 5 Manoj Kumar ()
Bala's Varmaa gets Arjun Reddy all wrong
2 / 5 ()


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