I saw the movie 3 days ago but didn’t find the time to share my review till now. So finally here we go…
First and foremost I liked the movie considering as a overall performance. Director Trivikram managed to blend all the commercial ingredients necessary for a movie to do well at the box-office. Let’s go to the story and find out whether the film has lived up to the hype.
The story opens with Sunil narrating the 5 Rupee faction to a watchman. There was a rivalry between Narapa Reddy (Naga Babu) and Basi Reddy (Jagapathi Babu), two faction groups who’ve been indulging in a war for 30 years. Narapa Reddy and many of his men get killed by his opponent group while receiving his son, Veera Raghava Reddy (Jr NTR) who’s coming from London after 12 years. Grief stricken Veera Raghava Reddy, in a rage takes up a sickle and kills everyone including Basi Reddy. Then listening to his grandmother’s words, he leaves the place to end these never-ending faction killings and prevail peace in the region.
In Hyderabad, he finds Aravinda (Pooja Hegde), an Anthropology student doing a research on faction culture and is looking to do a documentary on it. Raghava thinks he might find a solution to retain peace in his place from Aravinda and gradually, they both fell for each other. He later finds out that Basi Reddy has survived in the earlier attack. The rest of the story is about whether Raghava could seek reconciliation in the region.
Artists and Technicians Performances:
To begin with, Trivikram hit back hard after delivering a dud Agnyaathavaasi. Though ‘Aravinda Sametha’ is not a new story, the faction-peace message was tested several times in the past but it is because of Trivikram’s brilliant dialogues and stellar performances of NTR and Jagapathi Babu, the film got pass marks. The film started with a bang for the first 20 minutes, but later the narration graph fell up and down in the first half. Though many of the dialogues sounded powerful in Chittoor accent, they seemed to be forcible rather than organic.
NTR’s magnetizing performance is a huge asset to the film. He maintained a superb tempo in serious characterization throughout the film. His acting in most of the scenes is subtle yet powerful with intense feeling.
Jagapathi Babu as an antagonist was stupendous. Though there was a feeling of deja vu since it feels something similar to what he had done in Rangasthalam he is important to the film. Nagababu is equally good to the extent he was in the movie. Sunil has a full-length supportive role but nothing to generate any comedy.
Pooja Hegde is good in bits and pieces, her effort to dub her own voice is appreciated but it could’ve been better. Eesha Rebba as a second heroine role has no prominence to act. There’s nothing much to talk about Naresh and Srinivas Reddy.
Music of Thaman has worked out okay in the movie though not great on audio. The background music in a few scenes is good. The *peniviti * song is a huge disappointment.
First 30 minutes.
Jr NTR and Jagapath Babu’s performance
Action and faction sequences
Unevent first half.
No entertainment quotient.
Rating with Bottom-line: 3.25/5. NTR’s massacre.