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Anaganaga O Dheerudu review

Anaganaga O Dheerudu review

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By: By Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Monday 17 January 2011

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Movie Title

Anaganaga O Dheerudu

Director

Prakash Kovelamudu

Star Cast

Siddarth, Shruti Hassan, Manchu Lakshmi, Harshita, Brahmanandam, Ali, Ravi Babu, Tannikella Bharani

The Telugu audiences have always paid a sea of attention to the fantasy genre, be it full-length or socio-fantasies from the Pathala Bhairavi of the 1950s and the recent Maghadheera.

But Anaganaga O Dheerudu (AOD) shows promise thanks to Walt Disney. The technical brilliance is par exccellence but the story, which is the lifeline for any socio-fantasy film, compeltely lacks the punch.

Story unfolds in the backdrop of Agarthala a small place in Angarajyam shaped like a tear drop. The unnatural deaths especially amongst the children is blamed on the evil spirit Irendri (Lakshmi Manchu), who is the ruler.

Irendir`s life revolves around her search for immortality. Her mentors suggest she drink the blood of a divine child Moksha (Harshita) at a faraway land. Irendri dispatches her troupes to fetch the child for her.

The child is under the care of a blind warrior (Siddarth) at an Ashram. The evil queen captures Priya (Shruti Hassan), the ladylove of the blind warrior. The divine child should be killed and Irendri should drink her blood on a full-moon night for her to turn immortal.

The evil hour comes at last. The movie revolves around how the warrior puts an end to the evil spirit and rescues Priya.

Though Siddarth tried his best to get into the shoes of a warrior, the attire does not suit him and he displayed much innocence on his face, rendering the show a pale drama. Moreover, the fact that the warrior is blind further spoiled the mood among the audiences.

Shruti Hassan is extremely glamorous and she brings the much-required grace to the movie. But she has very little to do.

Manchu Lakshmi is the cynosure of the film. She has inherited a lot from her father Mohan Babu. Her graceful walk and the delivery of punch dialogues remind us of his acting style. However, the American accent in her dialogue delivery marred the native entertainment.

Child artiste Harshita, who played the divine child Moksha, is adequate. Ravi Babu appears as Sudigali, uttering the dialogue `Nimma Danimma`, and embarrasses the family audiences. The presence of Ali and Brahmanandam could not help evoke laughter. Tannikella Bharani is merely wasted.

Director Prakash Rao, son of ace K Raghavendra Rao, miserably failed to bring the liveliness to play in this fantasy venture. The technical brilliance does not match the aesthetic requirement.

Music is average in spite of the work done by Keeravani, Mickey J. Major and Koti. Background score by Salim Sulaiman is impressive, particularly while showing the scenes presenting Lakshmi Manchu. Cinematography by Sounder Rajan is adequate.

Costumes are grand. Graphics are fantastic and the visual splendor is commendable on the part of the Walt Disney. Editing is poor. Sword fight is the highlight of the film.

The film opens on a grand scale, as though it is going to set the standards for a fantasy film, but within a few minutes, the tempo dies, dragging the film into a monotonous drama, making the audiences wait in expectation for something to happen. Frame after frame, the curiosity dies.

AOD might appeal to the children.

Verdict: Average

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