Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Anu Emmanuel, Keerthy Suresh, Boman Irani, Murali Sharma, Rao Ramesh, Aadi Pinisetty and Khushbu Sundar
Trivikram is one of the very few established directors who can make even a tried-and-tested formulaic story to work, thanks to his writing, especially the dialogues which have always worked in his films. Unfortunately, it isn’t the case with Agnyaathavaasi, which shines sporadically but otherwise falls flat like a deck of cards. The fact that it’s a Trivikram film, makes the whole experience even more disappointing.
The film borrows its core plot from the French film Largo Winch – a son has to prove his legitimacy, while trying to find out who was responsible for his father’s death. Pawan Kalyan plays the son and he does his best to save the film from going down the drain. He owns some scenes with elan and is particularly terrific in one action stretch just before the interval. It’s an action scene juxtaposed beautifully with a recital from Mahabharat; about the dharma of killing.
Given his writing prowess, Trivikram should have made the story even more engaging and could have easily done away from the romance portion. If there’s something Pawan is not comfortable doing on screen, it has to be wooing a woman. Maybe that’s why there’s even a dialogue that has Keerthy looking at Pawan and saying – all you have to do is just go stand on the road and women will line up for you. Talking about Keerthy, it’s sad to see her waste her talent, but if it comes with fat paycheck, who wouldn’t like it? Anu Emmanuel, too, gets reduced to nothing more than eye candy.
There’s no single performance worth mentioning, barring maybe Rao Ramesh, who is genuinely funny on a few occasions. Aadi gets to play a sophisticated villain but when will our filmmakers realise that being sophisticated goes beyond great looking clothes. Anirudh’s songs stole all the limelight before the release but in the film they’re used so poorly. Blame it on his busy schedule or being occupied with multiple projects, his background score is very lackluster.
Agnyaathavaasi is undoubtedly Trivikram’s weakest work in recent times. It’s also proof to the withering magic of his collaboration with Pawan Kalyan.