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'Abhinetri' Review: Another Nayaki

'Abhinetri' Review: Another Nayaki

Movie: Abhinetri
Rating: 2.5/5
MVV Entertainments
Cast: Prabhudeva, Tamannah, Sonu Sood, Saptagiri, Shakalaka Shankar, Prudhvi, Hema and others
Dialogues: Kona Venkat
Music: Sajid Wajid
Cinematography: Maneesh Nandan
Editor: Antony
Presents: Kona Film Corporation
Producers: M V V Satyanarayana
Story, screenplay and directed by: A L Vijay
Release date: October 7, 2016

After massive success of 'Baahubali', Tamannah has become quite popular in all languages. To cash in on her popularity, the makers of 'Abhinetri' have made the movie in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages and released it simultaneously. 

The aggressive campaign, the catchy songs have created a huge buzz around the film. So does it live up to all the hype?

Krishna (Prabhudeva) dreams of marrying a posh girl who speaks good English but due to circumstances he is forced to marry Devi (Tamannah), a village girl. Even after his wedding, he doesn’t reveal his wife’s identity to his friends and others.

Once the husband and wife settle in an apartment which is far-off to the main city, he notices that Devi starts behaving like a completely new person. It is later revealed that she is possessed by another girl who died in the apartment.

That girl’s ambition is to become a film star and this new Devi meets movie superstar (Sonu Sood) who signs her and also falls in love with her. What happens then?

Artistes’ Performances:
The film belongs to Tamannah as she has convincingly played the two roles perfectly – a timid and shy village belle and a girl who aspires to become a glamour doll.

Prabhudeva in the role of helpless husband is good. He does justice to his role in the scenes when he sees Sonu Sood getting attracted to his wife. He entertains with his great dance steps too.

Sapthagiri as main comedian has generated some good laughs. Sonu Sood as movie star is okay.

Technical Excellence: 
Music is catchy. The Chill Maar song is foot-tapping. The film is largely set in limited places and it is shot with decent production values. The cinematography, artwork and choreography are good. The editing is not good. Writing and direction is very ordinary.


Weak story
Predictable narration
Neither comedy nor horror is appealing

Just few months ago, Trisha starrer horror-comedy called “Nayaki” came out that also has similar set up - wherein a couple go to a house in the outskirts of the city and a ghost (played by Trisha) posses Sushma Raj and scares them. Later it is revealed about her past.

Similarly, here Prabhudeva and Tamannah, the newly married couple settle in a haunted house in the outskirt of the city and another ghost (played again by Tamannah) who sinks into the body of the village girl Tamannah. Even the glamour world set up is also used in one of the movies recently.

Hence the story of “Abhinetri” is not exciting either. Once the twist in the tale is revealed, the horror angle wears off. Even the horror elements are not that effective. The comedy part except few laughs generated by Sapthagiri are not that great. The movie turns into predictable fare.

Director A L Vijay who has made films like “Nanna” and “Madras Pattanam” has presented this film in rather dull way.

Although he has best talent for the lead cast, he has given them are poorly etched characters that can’t lift the movie after a point.

Prabhudeva’s exemplary dances, the catchy songs, and Tamannah’s glamour have worked out in this routine drama. All in all, ‘Abhinetri’ is neither interesting, nor a complete bore, few scenes work out, but few don’t.

Bottom-line: No Comedy No Horror