What’s good: Hard to find, maybe the cinematography and vintage Pawan Kalyan chutzpah in few moments.
What’s bad: Almost everything
Popcorn break: Whenever you want
Watch or not: Avoid it
Trade Talk: The movie has got the most extensive release ever after Baahubali 2. When the talk is not encouraging it becomes a major issue, here it is worse, so expecting the worse trade wise as well.
Post Khaleja, director Trivikram Srinivas has been getting better at the direction and visual cues, but as a writer, he has been deteriorating. In Agnyaathavaasi he is sadly back to Khaleja sort of outing. It would still have been fine had the writing of Khaleja existed, but that was not the case here.
In short, Agnyaathavaasi is Khaleja reloaded without the dialogues of the latter. On top of that, the disjointed and terrible screenplay makes the best of the star come across as worse. It is a nightmare experience with all the bad things coming together at a time. Nothing works in the movie barring small moments featuring the star and the primary cast.
As expected the story is heavily plagiarized from Largo Winch with few scenes used ditto. Trivikram Srinivas is the culprit here for the way the final output has turned here. Never even in dreams, one could have expected a product like this from him. Yes, it is that bad.
Anirudh has done an excellent job with the songs, but he disappoints with the background score. It is dull and unmemorable. The cinematography is excellent. Editing is a mess. The writing is non-existent.
The last word: Stay a million miles away from Agnyaathavaasi, more so, if you are a fan of Powerstar.