By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 17 December 2010
Venkatesh, Anushka, Kamalinee Mukharjee, Richa Gangapodhyay, Shraddha Das, Sharat Babu
Hero Venkatesh, known for his excellent remakes of Tamil movies, does not get it quite right with Nagavalli.
Nagavalli is said to be the sequel to Rajinikanth's Chandramukhi, which was the remake of Malayalam classic Manichitrathazhu and the Kannada Blockbuster Aptha Mitra. This new Telugu counterpart lacks a gripping screenplay and arresting climax.
The story revolves round the portrait of Chandramukhi, dating back to a century. A rich man (Sarath Babu) has five beautiful daughters. One of them Gayatri (Kamalinee Mukherjee) bags the portrait of the legendary dancer in a dance competition. She brings the portrait home, and triggers off the beginning of a nightmare for the family.
Her husband dies in a road accident. Her siblings ? Geetha (Sraddadas), Gowri (Richa Gangopadyaya) and others ? behave in a strange manner.
Now, our hero Vijay (Venkatesh), the disciple of Eeshwar (Rajnikanth of Chandramukhi) is summoned to clear the air of suspense and emotional turbulence in the family. What is the link between the portrait of Chandramukhi and the family and the relevance of Vijay in the episode? It forms the crux of the movie.
Venkatesh plays two roles - modern and period - in the film. However, the entry of the third character played by Venky in the climax disappoints the audience. All six heroines lack substance and end up as glam dolls. Brahmanandam is wasted.
Dharmavarapu Subramanyam dons the mantle of Vadivelu of Chandramukhi. Avinash does a psychic. All other characters fare well in the family drama.
The story of Nagavalli lacks depth. The profound psychological analysis of the case (found in Chandramukhi) is completely missing in this film. Director Vasu tries to play up the original idea of Fazil (Chandramukhi`s original creator), but it fizzles out due to hasty, ineffective execution.
One wonders why the family doesn`t simply throw away the mysterious portrait. Secondly, the father (Sharath Babu) is shocked to see the slough of a giant snake inside the house, but does nothing to alleviate the fears of his daughters or shift the house.
Though the element of not leaving the haunted houses is common in Hollywood, it doesn't go down well with the Telugu audience. The passive hero at the climax is also a tad unacceptable.
The highlights of the movie are Venkatesh, the suspense element and the stunning work of the art department. Music is average, and in most scenes, the background score is not impressive. Comedy is weak, and Darmavarapu Subramanyam's track sounds cheap.
The high expectations from Anushka fall flat. Editing is average. The mannerism of Venkatesh in this film ? Oura Oura ? (compared to Rajni`s `Laka Laka`) ? isn't impressive.
Will the director plan Chandramukhi Three with Brahmanandam as the hero? We hope not.
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