Verdict: Bhairava Geetha manages to impress with its harsh portrayal of reality.

Produced by Ram Gopal Varma and directed by 25-year-old Sidhartha Thatholu, Bhairava Geetha is a film that speaks volumes about the corruption behind feudal establishments. The bilingual film was released in Kannada on December 7 and the Telegu version is set to release later this week.

What’s Bhairava Geetha About:

Set in a rural area, the movie centers around Bhairava (Dhananjay) who is a henchman of the local aristocrat Sankarappan (Raja Balwadi). Bhairava is loyal to his boss and does what he is told until Sankarappan’s daughter, Geetha (Irra Mor) enters his life. Until now, Bhairava had succumbed himself to a life as a slave, doing what he was told without question. Geetha, on the other hand, having been exposed to a world of freedom outside her village, defies norms and traditions. Yet, they are attracted to each other and the price they pay for their relationship forms the rest of the plot. Bhairava Geetha is based on a true story that talks about an uprising against the feudal lords. The movie depicts a realistic setting where oppressors take down the oppressed and how as a result of years of slavery and misery, the oppressed naturally rise against their oppressors. The dark realities of this equation are depicted through violent murders, sexual assaults, and some disturbing bloodshed.

What Works:

Director Sidhartha delivers a promising start to his career with this heart-wrenching story of two helpless lovers. Dhananjay completely steals the show – now in his tenth movie – as Bhairava with his incredible acting skills. His character goes through a complete transformation – starting off as a slave who is fiercely loyal to his master by justifying all his actions, and as he slowly opens his eyes to reality, evolving as a rebel himself. Irra Mor as Geetha does a decent job and the on-screen chemistry of the couple is absolute magic. The other supporting characters of the movie also do their jobs perfectly to the finish.

The cinematography by Jagadeesh Cheekati and Anwar Ali intensifies every single shot of the movie. They beautifully exploit the camera, making every frame impactful and relevant to the concept. The film begins with some beautiful aerial shots of the picturesque landscapes of rural India followed by thrilling graphic details of chase and action sequences. Music by Ravi Shankar is also commendable.

What Could’ve Been Better:

In terms of the plot, Bhairava Geetha does not have much novelty to offer. It is a poor boy falling in love with a rich girl against the wishes of her family. There are caricature villains who look exactly how they are supposed to look and have stereotypical mannerisms.

Why You Should Watch:

Bhairava Geetha is an interesting watch. It throws light into the horrendous violence and oppression the lower class faces in even our now democratic country. It does not sugar-coat reality but at the same time, ends on a hopeful note.

Written by Anjali Menon