Venkatesh, Varun Tej starrer is a laugh riot until it loses its magic in the second half

F2 might very well be the 347295562956th film that’s based on the concept of “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus” – one that looks to drive home the point that men and women have a different perspective about life. But there’s still something different about the film. Its fun element comes from the frustration of some of its principal characters, and it’s so self-aware of what it’s trying to do that it doesn’t seem offensive despite the very idea that it toys around with.

The intention matters a lot, and all the more so, for a film like F2. Thankfully, writer and director Anil Ravipudi doesn’t turn it into a battle where one gender has to prove that they are better than the other, even though the story could have moved in that direction at any given point. Instead, Ravipudi and his team of writers find humour in simple incidents and everyday life of a couple. At times, the bone of contention is a packet of Surf Excel or a shopping experience. This ‘fun’ quotient in the film is what turns F2 into a laugh riot, thanks to some sharp writing and superb casting. Quite frankly, it’s been a long time since a mainstream film has been this funny right from the word go and the gags just keep getting better and better, at least until half-way through into its narrative.

The film is about Venky (Venkatesh), who gets married to Harika (Tamannaah), and how he discovers that life after marriage is anything but fun. To add to his misery, Harika’s sister, Honey (Mehreen) comes to stay with them, and soon, Venky ends up meeting her boyfriend, Varun Yadav (Varun Tej). The rest of the story is about how Venky & Harika, and Varun & Mehreen, discover the true meaning of being in a relationship.

Fun is the underlying principle of F2 and there’s not a single scene in the first half of the film which isn’t funny for some reason or another. Be it that “pellichoopulu” sequence where Venky meets Harika for the first time, or the circumstances under which Varun discovers Honey’s artistic talents, Anil Ravipudi injects the film with so much humour that you can’t help but laugh out loud. It also helps that the premise of the film, where the girl’s family wants to take control, sets the stage well for the fun element to flow into every part of the story, quite seamlessly.