Review: Aravindha Sametha
NTR, Pooja Hegde, Jagapathi Babu, Naresh, Eesha, Sunil, Supriya Pathak, Naveen Chandra and others
Director - Trivikram
Producer - S. Radha Krishna
Banner - Haarika & Hassine Creations
Music - Thaman S
Aravindha Sametha, the biggest film of the season is out in theaters now. Expectations are sky high on the combination of NTR and Trivikram. Trivikram deals with a beaten to death subject of faction in this much awaited film. Did it live up to the expectations? Let's analyze...
What is it about?
Veera Raghava Reddy (NTR) comes to city after the death of his father. He is determined to bring change in the people of his Rayalaseema. But his opponent Basireddy (Jagapathi Babu) is after him. Despite Raghava's attempts to make peace Basireddy keeps on targeting him and his people. Will Raghava's aim to establish peace in his village comes true?
NTR has given more than hundred percent for the film. Not just the physical transformation but also his efforts to get the Rayalaseema dialect right are commendable. His performance is spotless and gives goose bumps in the introduction episode. It is easily one of his finest performances to date. Pooja Hegde character is bubbly but also turns out to be the inspiration for lead man. She did well within the character's limitations. She has also dubbed in her own voice.
Jagapathi Babu's attire and performance is another asset to the film. He fits the bill perfectly. There are many noted actors like Naveen Chandra, Eesha Rebba, Naresh, Devayani, Nagababu in the film. But none gets a key role to play. Most of them act as gap fillers. Sunil is back doing comedian character after a long time, but there is not enough scope for him to leave a mark.
Trivikram's direction is good in parts. He gets the emotions right and shines as a dialogue writer. But the plot he picked up is too stale. It has been dealt many times by many directors, which turns out to be the film's biggest weakness. He fails to maintain the pace and keep the graph elevated. The graph keeps going up and down which limits the film's overall range.
Only a couple of songs are shot like regular duets and the other two are situational. Much hyped Peniviti song's picturization is not up to the mark. Thaman's background score is very good. He elevates action episodes to another level with his terrific BGM. Cinematography is superb. Vinod does a great job behind the camera. Production values are top notch. Every frame is rich and fabulous.
Trivikram doesn't waste time and gets into the story right from the first scene. Hero's motive is revealed in the first fifteen minutes itself. After opening the film on a high note with a fantabulous action episode, the story shifts to city as the protagonist realizes the after effects of a war. He finds peace in the company of Aravindha (Pooja), whose ideology brings change in him. This part focuses on providing entertainment without moving far away from the concept and mood.
Scenes between NTR and Pooja are likeable as they share a very good chemistry. However, as director keeps on switching back to action mode in between it gives little scope for other elements like romance and comedy. Trivikram deliberately leaves out songs from the narrative although there is ample scope for them. First half ends well with a decent interval episode. Second half largely focuses on the element of protagonist making attempts for a compromise with his opponents.
The compromise episode gives good high with NTR in terrific form. It sets perfect mood for the rest of the film, but it loses steam afterwards. The much awaited confrontation of Raghava Reddy and Basireddy turns out to be a damp squib as Trivikram misses the mark by a distance. Most of the movie is either conversational or the protagonist using brute force to reach his goal. Trivikram should have worked on writing better scenes than solely depending upon dialogues.
Despite a few shortcoming and illogical sequences, Aravindha Sametha is a watchable fare because of NTR's sensational performance and good technical values. It has chances to impress the mass audience and fans, but may not please the audience that look for novelty from this high expected combination.
Verdict: NTR's One Man Show!