Bhaagamathie review: A revenge drama filled with commercial elements
It misses logic and has loopholes but the twists and turns towards end overshadow them
Friday 26 January 2018
Anushka, Unni Mukundhan, Asha Sharath, Jayaram
A Delhi politician wants implicate Eeshwara Prasad (Jayaram) in an idol theft case. When a CBI officer refuses to harass a noble personality like Eeshwara Prasad, another officer comes forward to do this act. To get evidence against Eeshwara Prasad, the CBI officer (Asha Sharath) comes down to Hyderabad to interrogate his former personal secretary and IAS officer Chanchala (Anushka) who is now serving time in prison on the charges of murdering a social activist Shakti (Unni Mukundan).
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Since this interrogation is not official, Chanchala is taken to a deserted bungalow in a forest. As the investigation is going, we get to know how Chanchala got involved in murder case and it is also revealed that a spirit called Bhaagamathie is controlling Chanchala in this bungalow. Is Bhaagamathie the spirit real or is Chanchala duping the corrupt officers?
After playing reincarnation soul set out to contain the evil pasupathi in Arundhati, and essaying the great queen of Kakatiya dynasty in Rudhramadevi so majestically and proving her calibre again as feisty Deva Sena in Rajamouli’s epic drama Baahubali series, Anushka has got to play the title role in Bhaagamathie. This role is too simple for an actress like Anushka though she got to portray two shades: a beautiful IAS officer and another shade of the officer. Unlike Arundhati, this is not horror drama, it is a pure revenge drama.
The horror element shown in the film is a red herring. Written and directed by Ashok G (of Pilla Jamindar fame), the story is also generic. The strength of the movie lies in technical team’s work and the final sequences. The twists are revealed in an interesting manner towards the end. One can easily guess who the villain is but still the director has succeeded in holding the suspense till the end.
The story begins on a dull note and goes on with boring sequences for almost one hour. It really gets in the groove when Chanchala turns Bhaagamathie. The interval bang sets the mood rightly. Then the story moves to some routine sequences but thankfully this time it comes on the right path quickly. The twists and turns make us glued to the screen. The last portions of the movie are engaging enough.
The plot has many holes; logic goes missing in many sequences. But these are quite common flaws in commercial thrillers like this. One wonders why the production house has given such huge budget for such a simple plot. One possible explanation is to dazzle the audiences to overlook the loopholes.
Anushka has given a neat performance. Like always, she shines in her appearance in the royal attire. Malayalam actor Jayaram has given his best in the final portions, his performance is striking. Unni as Anushka’s lover is okay. Asha Sharath and Murali Sharma are good.
The ever-dependable cameraman of UV Creations Madhie is in terrific form. Said to be shot with 4K resolution cameras, the frames are sharp. Madhie has also created perfect lighting in the interiors of fortress where the heroine is locked up. The production design and seatwork by Ravindar has lent perfect texture to the overall visual splendour. Thaman has come up with his best output for this film, his background score elevates the mood.
Direction by G Ashok is okay.
Anushka starrer Bhaagamathie is a revenge drama made with a lot of commercial elements and red herrings. The familiar plot turns are watchable due to the excellent output given by music director Thaman, good production design by Ravindar and high production values. It misses logic and has loopholes but the twists and turns towards end overshadow them. Overall, it makes a decent watch.
Bhaagamathie review: 3 stars
Reactions from Social Media:
Jalapathy Gudelli @JalapathyG
#Bhaagamathie A revenge drama with good output from technicians (terrific BG score by Thaman and production design). Anushka shows her mark in some scenes. Malayalam actor Jayaram shines in the key role. Loopholes are aplenty, though.
#Bhaagamathie terrific 1st half...excellent interval bang and extraordinary BGM by thaman
sangeetha devi @Sangeetha_Devi
#Bhaagamathie is fun, well-constructed conceit. Gets better and better as it progresses. Everything isn't what it seems. And Anushka is so good.
Hemanth Kumar C R @crhemanth
#Anushka is so damn good in #Bhaagamathie ....the film also brings quite an interesting twist to the horror-thriller genre...kudos to director
Madhu Kiran @madhu1906
Just finished watching #Bhaagamathie premier in USA..well made film with good story & screenplay.. @Anushka_ASF rocked n lived up to expectations.. but main hero of movie is @MusicThaman ..killed it with his BG score. Terrific.. congrats
Rebel Star @Iam__praneeth
Senseless goosebumps. Anushka performance peakssss
Superb first half #Bhaagamathie
Maruthi Dasari @DirectorMaruthi
Watched a fantastic screen play film #Bhaagamathie, thought it's another horror film but brillaint twists & turns made me surprised. #Anushka garu U R THE BEST. Congratulations @UV_Creations Dir Ashok BGM hero @MusicThaman & everybody in the team for the Solid Hit
RAMU GUMMADI @Ramugummadi1
#anushkashetty NO WORDS YOUR ACTING FROM #Bhaagamathie ONLY WORD LOVE U SISTER
Rebel Star @Iam__praneeth
Anushka ki other heroines ki diff #Bhaagamathie interval bang lo thelustadi
What a performer
BESE RAMU @Ramu_Bese
#Bhaagamathie Tremendous performance by Anushka.. excellent bgm.. Movie awesome
Surendhar MK @SurendharMK
#Bhaagamathie is a fairly engaging thriller with adequate twists (been-there-seen-that feeling for Tamil audiences likely), especially in the second half. With #AnushkaShetty in the driver seat, the other supporting cast have contributed well too.