Athade Srimannarayana Review

By Naresh Kota Jan. 01, 2020, 06:34 pm IST
Athade Srimannarayana Review

Creative but long! 

Cast: Rakshit Shetty, Sanvi Srivastav, Balaji Manohar, Achyuth Kumar

Crew:
Written by Seven Odds
Music by Ajaneesh Loknath, Charan Raj
Cinematography by Karm Chawla
Edited & Directed by Sachin Ravi
Produced by Pushkara Mallikarjunaiah, Paramvah Studios
Runtime: 186 minutes
CBFC: U/A

Rakshit Shetty decided to make very different films from routine Kannada movies right from his debut film. He doesn't fit in the regular commercial zone of filmmaking and he embraced it really well. He built a market for him with very different films and Kirik Party became a huge hit, giving him a chance to try something new. He took the opportunity with both the hands and made Avane Srimannarayana. He wrote, produced and acted in it as well. He took three years to complete the film, after a success like Kirik Party. The movie released in Telugu as Athade Srimannaryana on 1st January.

We need to praise the team for putting in all their efforts in making this movie for three years. They made the best use of all the resources they had and we can see that on the screen. Each scene speaks volumes about the kind of thought process, they had and all the effort they had to put in to pull each one-off, so meticulously. The narrative structure is the most impressive part of the film as it gets Creative with revealing new details.

It feels like we are watching a Spaghetti Western at the same time an Indian Mythological film in treasure hunt format. They managed to create a fictional town, Amaravathi in a very believable fashion. But the director, Sachin Ravi, took a slow burn screenplay approach and even made the film, a bit too long. At times, we can easily make out his passion to keep the film consistent at creative level but he could have kept a few scenes slightly short and done away with some.

The writing of the film is the major key and the plot unfolds like a zigzag puzzle. You think you might miss a clue if you don't look at the screen at any given point but the length factor doesn't help the writers to engage you in every scene. Some wonderful scenes needed the length but some could have been more concise. Still, the attempt in trying to keep everything fresh and deliver some unique scenes should be appreciated.

The plot follows two half-brothers who are fighting for the throne of their father Rama Rama, the chief of a thief tribe, Abhira. He asks both of them to find the treasure that he lost and fulfills his promise too. Jayarama (Balaji Manohar), his legal son dislikes this idea and kills his father. Hence, he and his brother, start fighting for the throne against each other. 15 years pass by and Srimannarayana (Rakshit Shetty), a corrupt cop, starts hunting for the treasure and he meets Lakshmi (Shanvi Srinivasthava), who is working as a news journalist. So, is he able to find the treasure trove? Watch the movie to know more...

Rakshit Shetty wrote the film with six other writers and we can see his passion to make it as unique as he can possibly write. Even the execution by Sachin Ravi, director, and editor is right on point in many scenes that you don't mind the long runtime if you're invested in the characters and plot. Music by Ajaneesh Loknath, Charan Raj is quite new and different. Cinematography by Karm Chawla is excellent.

As said above, the movie gets many things right except for runtime. The racier it would have been the more edge of the seat fun. It is not easy to come up with such creative thoughts and then limit yourself to a runtime but films do need to have a consistent pace, these days. In any case, give this film a try just for that effort that the team has put in to make it.

Bottom line: Impresses at most parts.

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