In the run up to the release of this most awaited movie of the year, there were huge expectations coupled with tall claims that it could be another milestone by the director who gave Mungaru Male. Though the credit goes to the director for picking up a sensitive issue such as vaastu, but the outcome of it as an entertaining package is disappointing and is certainly not his best ever!
There were other reasons on why it raised the bar of Mr Yogaraj Bhat as a director; firstly for teaming up with Navarasa Nayaka Jaggesh, and shooting abroad for the first time while also shouldering the responsibility of a producer. Back in his most effective avatar as director after three years (Drama in 2012), Yogaraj was always a busy man in Sandalwood – mostly penning lyrics, at times acting and upgrading his fellow juniors as independent directors.
Vaastu Prakara does kick starts with a ‘hope’ while one of the protagonists Rakshit Shetty is up against his father who is a vaastu expert, opposing his ideology and belief dismissing the existence of such principles. He soon joins his ‘rich’ uncle played by Jaggesh, in an imaginary nation Vastenia (actually Switzerland), and the story unfolds. The uncle, who had landed in Vastenia to do business by manufacturing cricket bats, is actually struggling to sell mosquito bats in a nation with no mosquitoes! When everything seems hopeless for them, they turn to vaastu! They both manage to convince an Indian origin family which is on the brink of a split with the wife (played by Sudharani) is seeking divorce from husband (Anant Nag). With the trust of the couple’s only child (played by Aishani), both uncle and his nephew end up reuniting the couple even while demolishing their luxurious home. With few good songs, and Jaggesh being the only saviour, Vaastu Prakara lacks Yogaraj’s usual magic. Parul, as lawyer is the glamour quotient and Aishani manages to look cute and an average performance by Rakshit Shetty. The veteran Anant Nag does his job neat and clean and so does Sudha Rani.