Agnyaathavaasi is a Telugu action movie starring Pawan Kalyan, Keerthy Suresh and Anu Emmanuel in lead roles. S. Radha Krishna produced the film under his home banner Harika and Hassini creations. Trivikram Srinivas has written and directed it. The Pawan Kalyan and Trivikram duo has delivered blockbuster Attarintiki Daredi earlier. So, expectations were sky high and audience were confident on the movie since the announcement. Although the audio received mixed response, it has no effect on the business and openings. The film received unanimous negative reviews from the very first show from both audience and critics.
A billionaire Govinda Bhargav alias Vinda (Boman Irani) and his son are murdered in an attempt to take over his company. The wife of Vinda, Indrani (Khushboo) brings her stepson Abhishikta Bhargav (Pawan Kalyan), the prince in exile, out of hiding who was raised away from materialistic life, in an attempt to save the company from falling into wrong hands and to find the murderer. How Abhishikta Bhargav achieves it forms the crux of the story.
Story & Character Analysis:
The story is a reboot of Prabhas starrer ‘Rebel’ with scenes here and there copied from ‘Largo Winch.’ The central theme of both Rebel and Agnyaathavaasi is to trace the villain who killed hero’s family through heroine. There are a lot of subtle similarities used in the screenplay. The unnecessary hero elevation scene lifted from Rebel interval episode doesn’t add any value to the story. Apart from other things, climax is heavily influenced by Largo Winch. In fact, the art design is a blatant copy, which is unfair considering the budget and reach of the film.
The story lacks any structure like several other films of Trivikram Srinivas. This film will probably remain as the biggest disappointment of his career. The introduction of hero is flat without any importance to the story. The story continues with bits and pieces of romance until interval, which establishes the conflict leaving the audience with a hope of intense second half. But the second half is even more patchy with unnecessary romance and comedy. There is no conflict in the story and it is flat without any seriousness. The hero who promises to kill the murderer of his father without any mercy at the beginning seems to be enjoying his life singing and dancing without any sadness or anger. Although Trivikram Srinivas excelled as a screenwriter and dialogue writer earlier, there is nothing good about him in this film.
With the stellar cast, the performances are laudable. Pawan Kalyan performed with his subtle acting, particularly during climax, without overacting. But honestly, there is not much scope for his role to perform. Aadi and Khushboo are excellent in their roles. Others are mostly limited and have delivered good performances.
Trivikram’s abilities as a Director are questionable at several parts of the film. The composition and art design at several scenes pale in comparison to his earlier films. Most of the scenes look like shot in a hurry without putting in much thought or preparation. The cinematography is great at parts, but some scenes are over exposed. The Music is good but doesn’t appeal to Telugu audience. Particularly, the background music during climax is something unusual and doesn’t provide much needed tension and seriousness. The Editing is good, and Production values are great.
Agnyaathavaasi has many flaws, but story overshadows them all. There is no conflict in the story, and the character arc of hero lacks seriousness. Overall, it’s a half-baked movie made with a lot of over confidence.