Jan 17, 2009

Telugu Movie 'ARUNDHATI' Review

Film: Arundhati
Rating: 3.75/5
Cast: Anushka, Sonu Sood, Sayaji Shinde, Manorama, Satyanarayana, Deepak, Subhashini, Ahuti Prasad, Chalapathi Rao, Annapoorna and others
Music: Koti
Cinematography: K K Senthil Kumar
Graphics: Rahul K Nambiar
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Director: Kodi Ramakrishna
Producer: D Shyamprasad Reddy
Release date: 16/01/2009

The proposed Sankranthi release happened after the festival days. The expectations on the film are on top and let us see how it tuned. The clash between good and evil has been the law of the universe but what happens when an obsession turns dangerous and the will to seek revenge brings out the demons. Something like that happens here and who wins in the end, we will know more details.

Arundhati (Anushka) is engaged to Rahul (Deepak) and is on her way to get married in Hyderabad but far away in Gadwal in an abandoned and ruined castle lies a scary and fearsome voice waiting to come out and take revenge on her.

It is endowed with evil powers and is successful in getting Arundhati to Gadwal, the truth is Arundhati is a descendant of a royal family and her ancestor is Jejamma (Anushka again) who strikes a death blow to her brother in law (Sonu Sood) who is an avid womanizer, rapist and murderer. He survives with the will to seek revenge and learns all the dark magics under Aghora Sadhus, he comes back to take revenge on Arundhati and his lust for her makes him even more dangerous. However, Arundhati is not willing to believe that she is Jejamma but she has no choice since the villain is set free finally and he comes to enjoy her.

In her attempt to thwart him, Arundhati is assisted strongly by the Muslim fakir Anwar (Sayaji Shinde) but then her fear inside gives way. Who gets successful, Arundhati or the villain? Watch the movie to find out.

Anushka is a total revelation in this one, she has shown once for all to all the critics that it is not just a voluptuous body that she has but a whole range of emotions and expressions to call her a true actress. Few angles of her are wonderful and spellbound. It's a great image make over for her.

Sayaji Shinde was a rocket booster and he has been full of zest and energy in this movie. His scenes are all powerful.

Sonu Sood was dark and evil and his performance was delectable as the evil sorcerer and the black magician.

Manorama provided the matured presence along with Satyanarayana while Ahuti Prasad, Chalapathi Rao, Annapoorna and others have justified their roles.

Deepak did not have much to do in this one, Subhashini was absolutely scary.

The graphics team needs a very special commendation here since they have come out with a really Hollywood style of creation. The script was very well under the grip, screenplay was brilliantly executed. Music really added up to the moods and the cinematography was the life and soul for the film with its angles and captures. Costumes were excellent and editing was sharp.

The other departments contributed effectively to create the required difference. Director has shown his brilliance and experience in handling a one line story into a total two hour plus treat without much idle moments.

While the film is a complete socio fantasy genre and it revolves completely around evil spirits and scary saints, one needs to look at it as a film only and not try and reason with the logic.

The content part is less but then it is the presentation and the performance that really made up for any shortcomings. The team has come up with a much enhanced and more impressive graphical treat after 'Ammoru' and this time; the horror aspect was quite high.

The amount of blood shown on the screen could have been reduced but then the seriousness and intensity is so high that everything looks convincing for that frame. The film lacks comedy or any mass elements but then, it has a rich presentation and the grandeur of its style and speed is worthy to be called a super hit. It appears that the Sankranti drought has finally been fulfilled with an exceptional visual treat. Don't miss it!!!

And it's a suggestion for weak hearts to keep away from horror shocks.