Aravindha Sametha Movie Review
Veera Raghava Reddy (NTR) completed his studies and going to his home. Narapa Reddy (Nagababu) father of Raghava Reddy was killed by Basi Reddy (Jagapathi Babu). Raging with fury, Raghava Reddy kills Basi Reddy and gang. What happens after the mayhem, and how Veera Raghava Reddy brings peace to the faction feud filled the land, is the basic storyline.
Jr NTR has given an outstanding performance as Veera. There is a lot of depth in his actions and emotions. The emotional outburst when the father character of the Raghava dies in the movie is mind-blowing. It is one of the most intense and raw acting moments in Telugu cinema in a long time. There are a few other scenes in the first and second half which further make Raghava an unforgettable character for the fans and movie lovers.
Pooja Hegde got the best role of all her films, and she did justice to it. There were an understated glamour and lovely and simple homely charm to the part. Jagapathi babu was fantastic as violent and ruthless Basi Reddy. He lives the character. His scene with Naveen Chandra in the pre-climax was chilling.
Sunil, Naveen Chandra and Eesha Rebba are other notable actors who were seen in supporting roles in the movie. Sunil should have been given a better character. Naveen Chandra manages to click among the bevvy of a cast. Eesha Rebba has the weakest role of the lot, but she was right in whatever little she got. Naga Babu was adequate in the small part. Rao Ramesh and Subhalekha Sudhakar added weight to the proceedings with their balancing acts. Brahmaji was sensational in one scene towards pre-climax.
There is also a considerable list of female character artists which includes names like Supriya Pathak, Devayani, Sithara, and Eshwari Rao. They all have a scene or two to show their presence. But, more than that, they are impactful in one of the dialogues in the climax centred on them.
After a misstep in Agnyaathavaasi director Trivikram Srinivas is back. It is not entirely the best outing from the filmmaker, but it will do for now and reinstates his position as a top director with still a lot of untapped potential.
With Aravindha Sametha, Trivikram Srinivas steps into an uncharted territory of intense mass action drama. In the recent past, he has been successful at making family dramas. His last one was a different attempt, and he failed big time. Unlike that, Trivikram scores massively in handling the emotions and action here.
The best thing about the movie was Trivikram Srinivas sticking to the narrative without much deviation for commercial purposes or gains. He focuses on the core issue of faction, and through the character of Raghava, the director makes sure the topic is always at the centre.
It is the reason why, when the love track happens, the non-plot issues appear like a hindrance or breaking the flow. Luckily, Trivikram doesn’t stray away too much and is always in control. The action and emotion are always around the corner.
The opening block and interval are the best parts of the first half. In the second half, the warning scene to Brahmaji and gang and the fight and subsequent story at the meeting are exciting parts. The pre-climax scene involving Jagapathi Babu follows these. While all these are engaging, the momentum is lost in between due to the family comedy and love bites between the lead pair. The songs are also weak and only add to the length. The climax could have been better though. The wizard of words Trivikram’s writing helps a lot in overcoming some of those grievances.
Overall, Aravindha Sametha is a must watch for the fans of the star and the director. Other too can watch it once without any issues. The lesser length and even more focused narration on the central faction theme would have done wonders for the movie.
PS Vinod’s photography was good, and music by Thaman is okay. But, he makes up with the background score which is excellent. Naveen Nooli again mesmerized with his editing skills.
Some useless comedy scenes in the first half
It is a return to form for Trivikram Srinivas with a bloody, violent faction saga where Jr NTR shines the brightest.