Anushka Shetty’s Bhaagmathie Movie Review: An uneven thriller that packs a punch

Anushka Shetty is terrific in a role she owns and does full justice, and there are moments where she reminds us of her versatility.

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Director: G. Ashok

Cast: Anushka Shetty, Jayaram, Asha Sharrath and Murali Sharma

Rating: 3 stars

Bhaagmathie is Anushka Shetty’s first release since Baahubali 2 and it’s a film you can’t take easily. It’s an uneven thriller that, while ticking all the tropes usually associated with the horror genre, manages to pack a solid punch with a series of twists, which pay off handsomely, giving the film a perfectly entertaining closure.

Cut from the same cloth as Vijay Sethupathi’s Pizza, Anushka’s Bhaagmathie takes the horror genre for granted, only to deceive us with some smart writing and twists. While it’s not tough to guess the twist (if you’re smart) mid way through the film, Bhaagmathie still achieves what most films in this genre have failed to accomplish. Full credit to writer-director Ashok for whipping up a thriller that’s unlike anything Telugu industry has produced.

The plot revolves around IAS officer Chenchala, adminstrative secretary to a minister, who is believed to be corrupt to the core. CBI takes Chenchala into custody to see if they can find any lead to red-handedly bust the minister and lock her up in an old mansion, rumoured to be inhabited by the ghost of Queen Bhaagmathie. The events that follow in the mansion forms the crux of the story.

Anushka Shetty is terrific in a role she owns and does full justice. There are moments where she reminds us of her versatility, especially why she’s more suitable play fierce characters more than a romantic lead. There are portions where her performance is reminiscent of Vikram’s part from Anniyan and it’s a treat to watch her take control of the story. She’s well backed by Jayaram, who goes beyond the regular villain. Unni Mukundan shines briefly.

Bhaagmathie is a welcome departure from the done to death horror genre and the surprise twists elevate an otherwise dreary film that could’ve been slightly shorter.

    Anonymous

    movie is really bad. the reviews all over says it all.

    Anonymous

    Anushka was brilliant. what a superb actress. No one could have pulled that role better than her. She was perfectly apt for the role.

    Anonymous

    Awesome Anushka awesome movie

    Anonymous

    Stupid acting and movie,, disapointing

      Anonymous

      awesome anushka awesome movie
      & yes haters are burning
      😂😂😂

    Anonymous

    This movie is a crap. Save your money and go watch PADMAVAT instead .

      Anonymous

      i guess genre of both movies different but the common thing is both are women centric… more power to women…#StopTheMaleChauvinism

    Anonymous

    Moti Anuska

      Anonymous

      well… talent overshadows appearance even in glamorou field…proved by Super Star Anushka Shetty😈😈

    Anonymous

    After reading the whole comments two people are only commenting to this post !

      Anonymous

      So you are one of them ….lol

    Anonymous

    An honest review. It was an ok movie. Expected more because of all the hype but I guess u can watch one time . I won’t say it’s a paisa wasool

    Anonymous

    I just watched this movie, Frankly Anushka was terrific. The movie was impressive in lot of ways, definitely should be on your list to watch.

    Anonymous

    Fan of Anushka but this movie is utterly disappointing

    Anonymous

    Hands down for anushka’s acting. She nailed it

      Anonymous

      Stop lying

        Anonymous

        Anushka nailed it. Stop getting jealous

    Anonymous

    It was good…much better than usual Telugu movies…liked the second half…especially..Anushka and Bgm were good

    Anonymous

    The worst movie I have watched in recent times. Telugu movies are so over the top

      Anonymous

      Worst??? I bet you are so used to watching some so called commercial mass entertainment. Probably our Telugu movies are over the top for the brain that’s hanging on the bottom

        Anonymous

        At least it’s hanging on the bottom but you Telugu guys are brainless

          Anonymous

          jealous stupid people cant tolerate that telugu industry gave one of the biggest movie Bahubali in the history of indian cinema which was appreciated all over the world. burn haters.other industries wouldn’t even dare to try such movies.

      Anonymous

      & yes very less exposing content(no bikini show, no romance)… I’m not at all shocked that you didn’t like

    Anonymous

    Watched it … awesome. Anushka stole the show

    Anonymous

    This movie was a mess. What a waste of time and money.

      Anonymous

      Go watch some mass masala movies, maybe that’s wat u like

    Anonymous

    Hotrible horror movie .. save your money for something worthwhile

    Anonymous

    Leave your brains at home when you go to watch tamil telugu and kannada movie..malayalam is the only language of all the south indian movies where the script has supremacy followed by subtle natural acting whther it s superstars or new gen actors..kannada was good erlier ..nw thy also follow the OTT style of teleugu n tamil

      Anonymous

      So true…

      Anonymous

      Oh yea, who is forcing you to watch those movies if you don’t like. Idiot

      Anonymous

      Movies are for entertainment. So it’s ok if we have to leave our brains for 2-3 hrs and enjoy ourselves. So pls continue to watch Malayalam movies and spare us from your smart brains …

    Anonymous

    Always too much overacting by Telugu industry…

      Anonymous

      better than no action from BW so called actresses and actors

        Anonymous

        Looks like “Shouting ,Screeming and Gaudy “is acting for you

          Anonymous

          No, over exposing, mindless silly stories, double meaning dialogues, copying English films ,aping the west and wearing bikinis is acting !!

      Anonymous

      Bad movie

        Anonymous

        Anushka’s acting was mindblowing

      Anonymous

      Too much overacting? I am sorry are you referring to Bollywood movies?

    Anonymous

    watched it and didn’t like it a bit. Was hoping it will be very good since Anushka was in it. Too much over acting and she looked bad. Disappointed

      Anonymous

      I bet you look like Miss or Mr world

        Anonymous

        Correct. I am a former miss world

          Anonymous

          Congrats Ms.world. Too bad, I guess you are a failure coz former one has no job to do except to come online and comment. useless

            Anonymous

            So you admit that you are jobless, hence coming and commenting here. How stupid of you to call someone else jobless while u r doing the same thing. Must be a typical Telugu idiot

      Anonymous

      hence proved…. there comes another hater

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