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Avakai Biryani

Avakai Biryani
Aneesh Kuruvilla
Kamal Kamaraju, Bindu Madhavi, Rao Ramesh
Manikanth Kadri
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After giving a cool hype among both the class and mass audiences with the film titled so passionately – Avakai Biriyani – this Sekhar Kammula production with his protégé Anish Kurivilla directing it, falls flat. Excellent cinematography and scintillating music are major plus points, but they couldn't withstand the commercial requirements. The director, had earlier made a controversial film (which is yet to see its screen hit) came out with heavy dose of sermonizing about religious amity through the angle of love.

The film is about the love between an auto driver and a pickle selling lass in a village. Akbar (Kamal Kamaraju) makes a living as an auto driver in Devarakonda village, besides doing an odd job as a paperboy.

Having lost his parents at the childhood, he comes under the influence of the village head Masterji (Rao Ramesh), a hard nut to crack. He falls in love with a Brahmin girl Lakshmi (Bindu Madhavi), whose family comes to Devarakonda from the neighboring village to eke out their lives by starting a hotel and pickles (Avakaya) business.

The girl too reciprocates her love for Akbar. A fundamentalist tries to fix the mind of Akbar on the religious aspects. But, Akbar decides to be a humanist with love for all. The rest of the story is about how Akbar and Lakshmi face the problems in the village when they want to marry.

And finally, how the girl's dad, who happens to be a hardcore Brahmin, gives green signal to the inter-caste marriage The thread of heroism is also attached to Akbar, who wins the confidence of the entire village by doing a good work.

Kamal Kamaraju who appears in a small role in Sekhar Kammula's film Godavari has donned the full-fledged role of a hero with shades of both class and mass shades. However, the audience will find that he has to sharpen his prowess in several departments, particularly while emoting. Telugu girl Bindu Madhavi has done an excellent job, but she has to shed the frigidity urgently.

Music by Manikanth Kadri is good and enthralls the crowds. Similarly, the movie has a very good cinematography, zooming on the beautiful hills and landscapes, fields and meadows. A couple of songs are really nice and are in tune with the mood of the scenes in some particular stretches.

The movie runs very slowly and tests the patience of the mass audience to a great extent. However, the so-called class audience might find some entertainment. One might feel the sense of watching an art film, or a documentary aimed at promoting religious tolerance.

The story is routine, but the director could run the mill in somewhat different way. However, the wheel turns and turns just to stop at the expected pace and point. The film badly lacks punch in the dialogues department. The comedy is also missing, but for a few doses then and there. The accent of Rao Ramesh in perfect coastal tinge in a hardcore Telengana belt comes as a slap to the rational audience. Though the film is the product of a Sekhar Kammula house, its commercial success is doubtful.

Verdict: Documentary feel


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