Pawan Kalyan’s lead-runner Agnyaathavaasi hit the screen today! This Sankranti launch is carrying unprecedented hype and hysteria ever since its annou
Pawan Kalyan’s lead-runner Agnyaathavaasi hit the screen today! This Sankranti launch is carrying unprecedented hype and hysteria ever since its announcement. The combination of Pawan Kalyan – Trivikram has set very high expectations for the film. And surely it is going to embark on a sensational start at the box office.
Release Date: 10th Jan 2018
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Choreography: V. Manikandan
Production: Haarika & Hassine Creations
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Keerthy Suresh, Anu Emmanuel
Vinda (Boman Irani) is a self-made billionaire and founder of multi-billion ‘AB’ group. Abhishikth Bhargav (Pawan) is the son of Vinda from his first marriage, but stepmother Indrani (Khushboo) treats him as good as her own son. Having plan B for everything in his life is surely Vinda’s practice. To protect his business empire in unforeseen circumstances, they raise Abhishikth Bhargav in a distant state Assam.
When Vinda is murdered, Indrani calls in Abhishikth to trace the culprits as well as to look after the business empire. Since no one knows Abhishikth’s existence to date, he is able to join as an employee in AB group headquarters anonymously. Initial suspects are Sharma (Murali Sharma) and Varma (Rao Ramesh). Just for sake of it, Abhishikth has two love interests and they are Suryakantham (Anu Emmanuel) – a colleague, Sukumari (Keerthy Suresh) – daughter of varma Rest of the story is when and how Abhishikth realizes the real culprits and how he takes over the business empire after teaching them a lesson.
Right from the first scene, this movie has uncanny resemblances to ‘Largo Winch’. When as a reviewer we watched ‘Largo Winch’, we felt that it has a very good story, but is little complicated for Telugu audience because of its multiple subplots and as it is narrated back and forth. Any director who decides to remake or Freemake ‘Largo Winch’ would have first worked on simplifying the story.
Pawan rescues this cliched plot to some extent with his charisma and impeccable screen presence. This film may not have high moments but will not make you unrest in the seat. It goes on flat narration on an average scale. The second half is better than pale first half and you can enjoy some comedy moments from the second half. ‘Gaali vaaluga’ and ‘Baitakochi chuste ‘songs have some excellent visuals and great locations. However, they are classy and for the mass audience, they may end up as average songs. Apart from the second half comedy, high production values are the only saving grace for Agnyaathavaasi.
To our surprise, Trivikram didn’t even care to fix the Largo Winch film’s weakness from Telugu audience POV. Instead, he replicated premise, key screenplay elements and entire climax including the penthouse location. Even aerial camera angles also have been copied frame to frame for the climax. That’s lazy work from Trivikram and his team. Long story short, these subplots and too many characters make audience lost somewhere in the middle.
For every Trivikram movie, the audience usually expects witty dialogues, well-conceived comedy episodes and interesting drama. Unfortunately, Agnyathaavaasi has none of these elements barring one 25-minute comedy episode in the second half. If the script doesn’t demand forcibly inserted comedy track, then it is absolutely fine and any writer need not follow their respective known template. They are more than welcome to come out of their comfort zone to attempt something new. But in Agnyathavaasi, Trivikram could not deliver his trademark elements, not because he has attempted something different. He has ample scope for showcasing his mark in those filler threads he added to the original Largo Winch, but just due to lack of hard work and by taking the audience for granted, he has fumbled. Maybe, while in the customizing process he might have lost his rhythm.
Agnyaathavaasi’s first half is just OK with no high moments the second half is slightly better. Overall, very average fare that might not satisfy Pawan or Trivikram fans fully. Given no competition, this movie might set cash registers ringing for Sankranthi. This film just has to run on Pawan’s strength at Boxoffice.
Comparedada Rating: 2.25/5