Fantasy films which were made in hordes during the 1950s and 1960s has now become a rarity in Telugu cinema. Breaking the mould came the latest fantasy flick, “Anaganaga O Dheerudu” with the collaboration of K Raghavendra Rao and the international giant, Walt Disney. What is the result of this collaboration which enticed the audience before the release?
An evil serpent queen, Irendri (Lakshmi Manchu) has captured the entire kingdom of Angarajyam and is conspiring to become a evil goddess by sacrificing a girl, Moksha (Baby Harshitha), having divine powers. But the girl is being protected by a blind warrior, Yodha (Siddharth). The Yodha himself has a past and is brooding over the death of his love, Priya (Sruthi Hasan). Will Irendri be successful in getting what she wants? Will Yodha be able to protect Moksha forms the story.
As said earlier, AOD marks the revival of the fantasy genre in Telugu cinema once again. The look and feel of the movie is very rich and the graphics are the major strengths of the film. But somewhere in the process of movie making, the director of the film, Prakash Kovelamudi seems to have lost focus on the storyline and screenplay and dished out a fare which appeared as a mish-mash of many elements but these elements do not form a coherent story. That is the major drawback of the film.
Another drawback is the way the character of the hero is formed. He is shown as a wayward romanticist without any ambition in life. His character does not get challenged enough even when facing the toughest opponent. Strangely, even the greatest witch, Irendri chooses not to use any of her magic spells over him and instead uses sword power. A hero without any challenges to overcome never appeals to the audience and that is why this “Dheerudu” does not take audience with him, neither does his cause endear him to the audience.
Coming to the performances of the film, Siddharth tried his best to fit as the blind warrior and he looked convincing enough. Sruthi Hasan looked fabulous in the costumes and her slim waist and honey eyes scored enough with the audience. Baby Harshita tried to look cute but she did not look the part for this very important role in the film. The biggest plus of the movie is Manchu Lakshmi who played the evil, Irendri. She looked menacing and acted superbly. Her renedition of the dialogues and the make up given to her made her character look even more scary.
The technical departments deserve a ovation for their efforts. The graphics, cinematography, art direction, makeup, costumes and the rest did their job to the fullest. Every rupee spent is shown on screen and that is why the visual appeal of the film is such grand. But all the technical departments work when the story entices the audience. Sadly, that did not happen with this “Anaganaga O Dheerudu.”
Watch this film along with kids, may be they would like it. And yes, parents would not be embarrassed to go to this one along with their families. That is an achievement these days, ain’t it. An OK one time watch.