Lock Down Review 6: Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya
'Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya' is the remake of Malayalam super hit film 'Maheshinte Prathikaaram'. The movie assumed significance as Venkatesh Maha of 'C/o Kancharapalem' fame is directing the movie. The movie is produced by Arka Media Works banner who produced 'Bahubali'. Hero Satyadev has been choosing interesting scripts right from the beginning and he is trying to make his presence felt with good acting. Looking at the character, he seems to have done it again. Let us jump into the review to find out the merits and demerits of the film.
Uma Maheswar Rao/Mahesh(Satyadev) is a photographer and he owns a photo studio. He is a simple and fun-loving guy. But he always stays away from fights. Mahesh falls in love with Swathi(Hari Chandana). After she gets married, Mahesh gets involved in a fight. He decides to take revenge after the fight. What happened later? Did he take revenge? This forms the rest of the story.
Satyadev is a talented actor and he proves it again with this film. He completely immersed himself into the character that we see only Uma Maheswar Rao on the screen but not Satyadev. He has breathed life into the character. Hari Chandana played her part well. All the other characters are small but they are important to the narrative. Suhas, Naresh, Ravindra Vijay have done justice to their roles.
Bijibal scored the music and it has elevated many scenes with his music. The background score stands out. Appu Prabhakar's cinematography is very good. He has beautifully captured the visuals of a small town.
Director Venkatesh Maha proved his filmmaking skills with his debut film 'C/o Kancharapalem'. It is surprising that he picked a remake for his second directorial venture. He has done a good job with the film though the film appeared moving at a slow pace at times. He didn't make any drastic changes in the name of 'Telugu Nativity' and he stuck to the original and it is a faithful remake.
Directing a remake is like wielding a double-edged sword. If the movie is changed in the name of the nativity, the director will be criticized. If the director sticks to the original, people say that he 'copied'. Venkatesh Maha didn't make any major changes but he stuck to the original. The movie starts on a decent note but there is a portion in the first half which is dull. Once the twist happens, the proceedings get interesting. The movie is predictable but it is engaging for the most part. On the whole Venkatesh Maha makes it a good watch.
Uma Maheswara Good Cinema-sya