Trivikram, Jr NTR combo reels out ac­tion-packed Ray­alaseema thriller

Deccan Chronicle - - MOVIES -

Af­ter the dis­as­trous Agny­athavaasi, direc­tor Trivikram Srini­vas for the first time joins hands with Jr NTR. This apart, the pro­mos add to the cu­rios­ity value of Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava.

Veera Raghava Reddy’s (Jr NTR) fa­ther Narapa Reddy (Naga Babu) is killed in his fac­tion-rid­dled vil­lage by the ri­val fac­tion of Basi Reddy (Ja­ga­p­athi Babu). Raghava Reddy avenges the at­tack by killing many ri­val gang mem­bers. His grand­mother (Supriya Pathak) ad­vises him to end the vi­o­lence and Raghava Reddy goes to Hy­der­abad where he lands at the house of an ad­vo­cate (Naresh). The ad­vo­cate’s daugh­ter Aravinda (Pooja Hegde) is do­ing re­search on fac­tion­al­ism. She, too, in­spires Raghava Reddy and he de­cides to re­turn to the vil­lage to bring about change. Trivikram Srini­vas’ Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava fol­lows the re­cent trend of films that mir­ror re­al­ity, like Ran­gastha­lam, RX 100, Ma­ha­nati, C/o Kan­chara­palem and Ar­jun Reddy. Tol­ly­wood has seen many films set against a back­ground of fac­tion­al­ism, but t Srini­vas’ ef­fort is dif­fer­ent. Srini­vas takes the women’s view of fac­tion­al­ism, and deals with depth on how they suf­fer be­cause of the vi­o­lence. He dwells on the philo­soph­i­cal, and also spends time on the emo­tions. Though there is ac­tion, Srini­vas uses his writ­ing skills to nar­rate an emo­tion-laden story.

The first 40 min­utes are spell­bind­ing. Srini­vas gives a go-bye to his pen­chant for punch di­a­logues and rhyming com­edy. In­stead, he comes up with lines that are touch­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing. Ev­ery line is mean­ing­ful, and this could rate among Srini­vas’ best work in re­cent years. To be sure, there is the ex­ces­sive vi­o­lence and some scenes drag a bit, es­pe­cially the Naresh episode. Nev­er­the­less, with Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava, Srini­vas shows he is back in busi­ness. Some scenes hold his trade­mark, and he owns the film.

Jr NTR steals the show, his di­a­logues and the way he holds emo­tions are su­perb. One ex­pects loud di­a­logues from a Jr NTR film, but it is quite the op­po­site here and he etches the role in a sub­tle man­ner. Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava is eas­ily his best in re­cent times, and could give him his fifth con­sec­u­tive hit. Jr NTR chooses roles which are com­pletely dif­fer­ent, and this one is def­i­nitely a mile­stone.

Ex­celling in a neg­a­tive role is Ja­ga­p­athi Babu, who has had a good year with Ran­gastha­lam be­fore this. He is one of the pil­lars for the film. Ku­dos to Pooja Hegde for dub­bing her voice in Tel­ugu, and she also plays a big part.

Rao Ramesh proves his com­mand on dia­logue de­liv­ery, and the film ben­e­fits from his pres­ence. Brah­maji ap­pears in two scenes, but is re­mem­bered. Supriya Pathak is mar­vel­lous as the grand­mother. Sa­tru is very sup­port­ive.

Eswari Rao en­ters the scene in the cli­max, and that’s the high­light of the film. Su­nil is back to his char­ac­ter roles and he is just okay. Naresh is his usual self, and Ee­sha Rebba has noth­ing much to do.

The other big as­set is mu­sic direc­tor S.S. Thaman. The songs are nice, es­pe­cially Penim­iti, and the back­ground score is ex­cel­lent. This is his best film among this lat­est crop, and he matches the emo­tion, mood and feel of the film with his back­ground mu­sic.

P.S. Vinod’s cin­e­matog­ra­phy is ex­cel­lent and cap­tures some of the ac­tion scenes bril­liantly. Ram Lak­sh­man, the ac­tion chore­og­ra­phers, de­serve a men­tion for the in­ter­est­ing ac­tion episodes. A.S. Prakash’s art­work is also up to the mark. Pen­chal Das helps Srini­vas get the right Ray­alaseema di­alect for the di­a­logues.

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