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'Asura' Review: Misses Target

Movie: Asura
Rating: 2.75/5
Banner:
Devas Media and Entertainments, Kushal Media and Aran Media Works
Cast: Nara Rohit, Ravi Varma, Priya Benerji and Others
Music: Sai Kartheek
Cinematography: S V Vishweswer
Editor: Dharmendra Kakarala
Producer: Krishna Vijay, Shyam
Written and Directed By: Krishna Vijay
Release Date: June 5, 2015

Nara Rohit has been trying to do something different since his first film Banam, but he hasn’t been having much success. Though his efforts are being appreciated, he hasn’t been making money financially as his films have been weak in terms of narration. In fact, his stories would be better presented if they are told more excitingly. However, his directors haven’t been able to do so and that has resulted in his films not doing well at the box office.

Well, the story is a cat and mouse game of sorts between Charlie (Ravi Varma) and jailor (Rohit). Charlie is sentenced to death and he tries to run away from it. On the other hand, Rohit chases him as he is intolerant of even small mistakes.

However, the problem with the film is that it is not exciting enough and the way the story has been told is outright boring as it lacks entertainment quotient. Another major problem is the way the characters have been developed. For example, it is said that Charlie is a hardcore and notorious criminal. But you never get to see that side of him. In fact, there is a song to even build up the image they want to project, though you still have to clue as to what he is up to.

And Charlie keeps mentioning that he wants to run away from the jail, but you are never shown as to how he wants to escape from the jail. There is a dialogue where he tells one of his aides to fly kites after getting out from the jail and that shows how weak his character is.

On the other hand, though the hero is called ‘rakshasudu’, one never gets to see any such traits in him. In fact, if the villain is intelligent, then the hero’s role gets elevated, but if the villain is passive, then the hero does not have a chance to show off his heroism. In fact, the entire story revolves around one twist in the climax. While cat and mouse games do have potential, since the narration is too slow, Asura fails to appeal to the audiences.

Incidentally, no character in the film does anything exciting to make it a thrilling story. Instead, it is a rather dull story that makes for tedious watching.

Similarly, Rohit is bulky for a police officer, though he does perform well. There is nothing much to say about Priya Banerjee. Ravi Varma’s character is badly written and that does not help him showcase his talent.

From the technical department, Venkatesh’s music reminds one of Gharshana. The best part is that the film’s length is two hours which is the saving grace. And the film shows that the director is new to film-making. Had he written a better script and handled the characters differently, the film could have had a chance at the box office.

To wrap it up, Asura is not a good watch.

Bottomline: Off beat and bad narration

(Venkat can be reached venkat@greatandhra.com or https://twitter.com/greatandhranews) 

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