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‘Nagavalli’ Review: Thrilling Narration

‘Nagavalli’ Review: Thrilling Narration

Film: Nagavalli
Rating: 3.25/5
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Sri Sai Ganesh Productions Pvt Ltd
Cast: Venkatesh, Anushka, Richa, Kamalini, Shraddha Das, Poonam Kaur, Brahmi, Dharmavarapu, Sarath Babu, Prabha, Raksha, Avinash, Suja, M S Narayana, Sameer etc
Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers
Music: Guru Kiran
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Cinematography: Sam K Naidu
Screenplay, Direction: P Vasu
Producer: Bellamkonda Suresh
Release date: 16/12/2010
 
Venkatesh played enough of family man roles in soft humor treatment till now. After a long gap he tried something different. He came up with remake film ‘Nagavalli’ packed with huge technical elements. Let us see how the movie faired in first impression.
 
Story:
Ever since the portrait of Chandramukhi (Anushka) comes to a big house, strange things begin to happen to the owners (Sarath Babu, Prabha) and their family comprising of four daughters.
 
They suspect the presence of a large snake and things get more complicated with the death of a snake charmer (M S).
 
Then, the family approaches Ramachandra Siddanthi (Avinash) and he tells them that all this is happening due to the presence of Chandramukhi in their house. He suspects one of the daughters is possessed by Chandramukhi and decides that only one man can resolve this.
 
He is Dr Vijay (Venkatesh) and as soon as he arrives, he starts doing his investigations. What happens to his enquiries? Who is Chandramukhi? Who is Nagavalli? What exactly is happening in that home? All this forms the rest of the story.
 
Performances:
Venkatesh rocked with this film in double role. He is good in the shoes of a psychologist as well as in the clad of Maharaja Naga Bhairava. This is the first time Venkatesh played negative role as Naga Bhairava. His debut as villain is marvelous.
 
Anushka is good as perfectly suited the role in dancer costume. At times, we even recall her most famous role in eth film ‘Arundhati’.
 
Shradhdha Das is sharp and arrogant. Her mystic performance impresses the audience and she becomes a hook in narration.
 
Kamalini sucks. Her lean patient-like look is not so impressive in dancer costume. But that suited well for the kind of role she played.
 
Richa is beautiful and she performed as required. She gets recognition with her role in this film.
 
Poonam Kour’s role is very short but she made her presence felt with her glamour.
 
Kannada actress Suja, who appeared in Apta Rakshaka, also appeared here. Her role is also small and not to do much with the main story line.
 
Sharat Babu and Prabha are ok in their character roles. Brahmanandam’s presence brought only couple of laughs and he was not utilized properly. Dharmavarapu and Raksha are ok.
 
The best part in the movie is Art Department and Graphics. That has done a fantastic job. Music and background score also functioned very well keeping the adrenaline of the audience on a high through out.
 
Director P Vasu did well on a whole except Venkatesh’s (with old look) part in 2nd half. 130 year old man doing stunts and dancing in the dilapidated fort on the hill are silly.
 
Highlights:

  • Venkatesh in negative role
  • Scenes with Richa
  • Story Line
  • Screenplay
  • Art Direction
  • Sound Effects
  • Music

Draw Backs:

  • Stunt scenes with old Venkatesh in 2nd half are silly
  • Make up of 130 year old Venkatesh is not convincing

Analysis:
The movie started with slow pace but picked up at the interval. When the music was released, the songs got average response on a whole. But here in the movie they were canned very impressively. Especially King Song and Kabaddi and Vandanalu songs rock in movie.
 
First half of the movie is ok and second half movie is good. If you like Chandramukhi movie you may surely like this movie.
 
Venkatesh needs high commendations for his spellbinding performance in the role of Maharaja Naga Bhairava. He apparently proved that he is on par with Mohan Babu in portraying villainy. He stands as right example for all big heroes who can certainly prove their mettle as real actors. He also shows an alternative way for established heroes to try some villainy and break monotony.
 
The story line of Chandramukhi that is well known for almost all the Telugu audience continues with ‘Nagavalli’. It’s a perfect sequel that way. It’s more thrilling and suspense filled. Although the treatment resembles something on the lines of Krishna’s old film ‘Ave Kallu’, this proves to be interesting and gripping till the end.
 
If old Venkatesh’s stunt scenes and dancing bits are trimmed, there wouldn’t be any drop in emotional graph from start to end.
 
Bottom-Line: Watch it
 
(Venkat can be reached at venkat@greatandhra.com)

Tags: Telugu, Andhra, Venkatesh, Tollywood, Movies

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