Movie: Andala Rakshasi
Banner: Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram
Lavanya Tripathi, Rahul Ravindran, Naveen
Chandra, and others
Cinematography: Murali G.
Producer: Sai Korrapati, S. S.
Story, Screenplay, Direction: Hanu Raghavapudi
Reviewed By: Jeeva
Attraction: From the catchy trailer to the attractive promos one was looking
forward to catch up with this film. The best thing about "Andala
Rakshasi" is the camera work beautifully done by Murali G. The background
score and some songs do add some richness to the film. The director definitely
seems to have a good understanding regarding technical aspects of film-making.
The small subplot between blind lovers is fantastically portrayed by the
Distraction: Alas, one main aspect is missing from the film. Yes, it is called
"unadulterated script". The director should start thinking on his own
and create his own script. Instead, what has happened? He seems to be
completely influenced by many of Mani Ratnam's yesteryear blockbusters. From "Geetanjali"
he has picked a few pages of shouting between lead characters. Even, choosing a
very beautiful location like Munnar like the way Ooty was shown is also another
inspiration. If he would have left with some inspired scenes, it would have
been a relief. Instead he starts to drag the entire first half with such
scenes. One other important scene in point is the hospital scenes similar to
the ones in "Sakhi" as well as "Geetanjali". After a
particular period the audience get restless in the theatre. Even some went
further to sarcastically shout like the lead pair. Watching the gimmicks by
some of the audience became more entertaining than watching the film.
Plot: Teenage audience might find the love triangle between a about to
be married girl, her would-be, and her love interest of the past pretty
interesting. But, people who would have watched the film "Mouna
Ragam" would vouch that the script was highly inspired from the same.
Although, Mouna Ragam handled the love triangle in a very mature, sensitive,
and in a believable way, the director brought in unnecessary scenes and spoilt
the same here. Showcasing bike light through a window and artistic items do not
mean that they are of any artistic merit. The director seems to be unable to understand
how to add soul when using art and set design.
Performances: We got another promising new comer in the form of Lavanya. She is
one of the saving graces of the film. Although she is not a power house
performer like Revathy. In dire times like these, when we hardly find good
heroines of substance around, it would be a relief to have her around. Hope
that in the future, she gets to play leading roles, rather than sidekicks for
some top heroes like the rest. One of the foremost irritating heroes of recent
times would be definitely Rahul as Gowtham. It was utterly nerve-wrecking to
see him perform. Yes, he ACTED rather than performed his role. Either the
director or someone would have mislead him. Because, all the time rolling ones'
big pair of eyes, smoking cigarettes, smiling slyly and shouting to the top of
one's voice doesn't mean good performance. Whenever he appeared on screen, it
looked as if he is acting in a school drama or stage play. Grow up Rahul. The
other actor Naveen as Surya does have a quirky screen presence. But, it is
difficult for a person with such personality to carry forward as a leading hero.
He looks more like a character artist rather than one of the leading character
of the film. Who said that artists should have beard and act weird like a
Why? Why did she fall in love in the first place? It is very confusing
to admit how such a thinking and vivacious girl would fall in love with not one
but two losers. Adding to it, to our utter disbelief he introduced new twists
and turns in the form of Gowtham's father. He played the role so wooden that
one feels even an woodpecker can act better. The scenes in the last few minutes
of the film were filled with utter chaos with no purpose or direction. Rather,
it created some unwanted suspense and nothing thrilling about it.
Ending: Ah, would you still like to know how the film ended! Hmm, it is
better we do not talk about it. If you do want to know the ending here it is
upfront folks. Watching all the stuff around, no wonder the director has
decided that it is of no use for the heroine to join with either one of the heroes
in the ending. Kudos!
Bottom Line: Watch
it at your own risk. Rather, if you do not have anything better to do, either
watch the films of Maniratnam, who seems to have inspired this director so
much. Else, get some sleep.
Verdict: 1.5 stars
out of 5. For the beautiful camera work, decent music and Lavanya.