Verdict: Pawan Kalyan and Trivikram complete a hattrick in style.
Trivikram Srinivas and Pawan Kalyan are teaming up for the third time in their careers with Agnyaathavaasi, after successful movies like Jalsa and Atharintiki Daaredhi. One of the highly anticipated movies of the year, Agnyaathavaasi also marks the 25th movie for Pawan Kalyan. For the first time, he is paired with Keerthy Suresh and Anu Emanuel. Music director Anirudh Ravichander is making his debut in Telugu while V Manikandan is handling cinematography. In the film, we also have Boman Irani, Aadhi, Rao Ramesh and Khushboo playing prominent roles. Teasers and theatrical trailers have sky-rocketed the expectations of Agnyaathavaasi. Releasing three days prior to the Sankranthi festival, the advance bookings have been tremendous and is sure to create box office records in terms of openings. Let’s see if Trivikram Srinivas can replicate the previous successes and meet the expectations of his audience.
What’s Agnyaathavaasi About:
Abhishikth Bhargav (Pawan Kalyan) is asked by his step-mother to go on a mission to trace the killers of his father, Govinda Bhargav (Boman Irani). The only clue he has is a recorded conversation at the time of the murder. Based on the voice samples, he finds it is related to two of his dad’s associates, Varma (Rao Ramesh) and Sharma (Murali Sharma). To get close to them, he befriends their daughters, Sukumari (Keerthy Suresh) and Suryakantham (Anu Emmanuel). Who the real killers are and how Abhishikth Bharagav unfolds the mystery forms the rest of the story.
Pawan Kalyan is at his best in the role of a Prince who is in exile. He has single-handedly carried the movie on his shoulders. Be it his comedy timing or the serious emotional scenes, he has handled them all with ease. Anu Emmanuel and Keerthy Suresh don’t have much to do, except for the songs and a few scenes, where they are good with their screen presence. Khushbu Sundar nails her performance as Pawan Kalyan’s step-mother and her dialogues in the climax scene are well-received. Rao Ramesh is excellent with his one-liners and Murali Sharma is good in his prominent role. Aadhi excels in the role of the antagonist, while Venella Kishore is able to bring out some laughter. Trivikram Srinivas must be appreciated for his attempt in novel screenplay, without missing his commercial ingredients and trademark dialogues. Anirudh’s music and background score are the major highlights of the movie and so is V Manikandan’s cinematography. Production values by Haarika & Haasine Creations are filled with grandeur.
What Could Have Been Better:
While the film cannot seem more perfect, some shades of Atharintiki Daaredi are seen in the movie.
Why You Should Watch:
All Pawan Kalyan fans will watch this movie over and over again. The rest of the audience can easily enjoy this flick with their family and friends. This is the perfect festival movie for movie lovers. Go for it!
–By Ajay Mudunuri