Aravindha Sametha review: Jr NTR excels in this action-packed entertainer
Jr NTR delivers another fine performance in this Trivikram directorial
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Thursday 11 October 2018
Aravindha Sametha Veera Raghava
NTR, Pooja Hegde, Eesha Rebba, Jagapathi Babu, Naga Babu, Naveen Chandra, Supriya Pathak, Sunil, Eeshwari Rao, Srinivasa Reddy
Movies based on Rayalaseema faction feuds were a rage two decades ago. Films like Anthapuram, Samarasimha Reddy, Narasimha Naidu, Indra and Aadhi were money-spinners. The trend of faction movies has ended long back as “faction feuds” in Rayalaseema slowly dying away. The faction fights in Seema are now sporadic not regular.
At this largely peaceful juncture, Trivikram weaves a story of faction fights in his latest Aravindha Sametha. There is essentially a faction action drama on the surface but it offers more depth as well. It has a touch of philosophy, talks about the women in the crossfire. “Inti Ninda Mundamopi vaare,” laments Sithara, NTR’s aunt in one scene. NTR’s grandmother played by Supriya Pathak also says that God has given fewer drops of tears and more deaths. In the very beginning, Trivikram establishes that the movie is not about factionism per se, but the women who suffered due to the men’s mindless killings.
The film begins with Sunil narrating the story of Veera Raghava. Though Trivikram introduces NTR in a soft way, he soon introduces a warlike action set piece setting the mood, putting the theme across. From the start of the movie to the next 45 minutes, the film runs on excellent manner showing the command of director Trivikram as writer and director. The setting, the writing, the performances, the craftsmanship of technicians are brilliant here. Only after 45 minutes, the title of Aravindha Sametha and other credits appear.
Changing the mood, the movie then shifts to lighter portions by introducing heroine Aravindha (Pooja Hegde) and her track with NTR. The Baasha-kind of setup, hero hiding in far off place during “Sandhi” period goes on simple and routine manner. This reviewer was completely put off with the total romantic thread. While the first 45 minutes showcased the brilliance of Trivikram, the romantic thread is an example of uninspiring writing. Thankfully, the movie comes back into the mood just before the interval.
Post-interval, it begins with another brilliant sequence. NTR sitting in a chair and threatening the villains over the phone is executed exceptionally. This scene is the best example of showing a protagonist’s heroism. There is no fight, there is violence, just dialogues. After this scene, the film loosens up a bit but doesn’t go down at all. It consistently holds the interest. Though there are many uninspiring scenes here as well, the climax is executed exceptionally. The song Reddamma and the final dialogues mouthed by NTR are a hallmark of Trivikram’s good writing.
“Yuddham aapinode goppodu, vaade goppa” (The one who prevents the war is the real great man) is the point the film that drives. The film has many brilliant scenes and also many predictable sequences. The unevenness is a major drawback. Also, the faction story lacks relevance today. Films like “Yagnam” and “Mirchi” have also dealt the same point but here Trivikram has given ‘women’ angle.
NTR, known as one of the best performers in Tollywood, spits rage, oozes emotions, spellbinds us with his terrific acting. His screen presence and charisma have carried a lot of weight to this story. He completely holds the movie with his spotless performance. NTR is the soul and pillar to the movie. NTR has also got his Rayalaseema dialect perfect.
After NTR, the actor who gets more footage and comes up with stunning performance is Jagapathi Babu. As the main antagonist, he is menacing and startlingly terrific. This is another fantastic act from the actor after Rangasthalam this year.
Pooja Hegde looks beautiful in the role of Aravindha but Trivikram has been writing weak characters for female leads and her dubbing (she dubbed her voice in Telugu) is neat. Eesha Rebba as Pooja’s sister has no relevance. Naveen Chandra as Jagapathi Babu’s son is perfect. Bollywood senior actress Supriya Pathak as NTR’s grandmother lends emotional touch with her assured acting. Eeshwari Rao excels in the climax portion. Sunil has returned to comedy/character roles and he has got full-length one with a difference. There is no comedy from Sunil. Nagababu as NTR’s father appears in a brief period but leaves his mark. Writer Penchala Das has helped the team in Rayalaseema dialect.
Cinematography by PS Vinod is one of the main highlights of the movie. His color scheme for faction-related sequences and his lighting pattern for interior sequences is should be mentioned specifically. His filming of action stunts is also good. The action choreography composed by fight masters Ram-Lakshman is another important work in the film. The film is full of action episodes with a dash of the emotional element and they are different. The first fight in the movie and the pre-climax fight is worth mentioning. Thaman has given good background score but his songs are not that special.
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However, the gore and excessive bloodshed should have been avoided. Editing by Navin Nooli lacks consistency. The film’s runtime seems lengthy and the uneven narration in the first half should have been taken care of.
Director Trivikram has narrated the movie differently within commercial space, his stress is more on story than the commercial aspects like songs and comedy. He has picked up an old story but has given his own spin to it. He shows his mark again in dialogues. But his romantic threads are increasingly turning out to be dull.
Aravindha Sametha is a faction drama with a difference, a story that preaches peace, highlights the plight of women in the crossfire of fights. The film has brilliant first 45 minutes and a good climax. However, it is largely inconsistent. NTR's performance and Trivikram's dialogues make the movie worth watching.
Aravindha Sametha review: 3 Stars
Reactions from social media
Sushanth Nallapareddy @sushanthreddy
NTR and Trivikram combination is leather... I wish they make more and more movies. Trivikram went out with all he has... and ntr gave life to his words and scenes with full rage. dialoges and action episode rachal lepayi. #AravindhaSametha
Sai Ravi Teja @raviteja612
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Umair Sandhu @sandhumerry
#JrNTR Proved " He is the No.1 " Telugu Actor Now. Back to Back BLOCKBUSTERS by him. New KING of Tolywood has arrived! #AravindhaSametha !
Kaushik LM @LMKMovieManiac
#AravindhaSametha 1st half - #NTR's intro fight sequence was terrific. Violent, ferocious and very emotional.. #6pack... The Pre-interval stunt was another peak.. Stunt masters Ram - Lakshman have upped the rage.. @MusicThaman's pulsating BGM lifts these action scenes
Mahesh S Koneru @smkoneru
Believe in @tarak9999 the actor, and #Trivikram the writer. #AravindhaSametha will be an unmatched experience ..