Nagavalli Movie Review
Cast: Venkatesh, Anushka, Kamalinee Mukharjee, Richa Gangapodhyay, Shraddha Das, Sharat Babu, Prabha, Brahmanandam, Dharmavarapu, Raksha, and others
Dialogue: Parachuri Brothers
Music: Guru Kiran
Cinematography: Shaam K Naidu
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Produced by: Bellamkonda Suresh
Story, screenplay and directed by : P Vasu
Release date: December 16, 2010
CBFC Rating: U
What’s it about!
Two deaths occur in a rich businessman’s (Sharat Babu) house and he approaches a Siddhanti for dosha nivarana. The Siddhanti comes to belief that these strange things happened in the house after the businessman’s elder daughter (Kamalinee) brought in a painting of a ghost called Chandramukhi. The ghost might be possessed in one of the bodies of the businessman’s daughters (Sraddha Das, Richa and Poonam Kaur). To find which girl possesses Chandramukhi, he calls on physiatrist Vijay (Venkatesh) to come down to the house. Upon the doctor’s arrival, he finds that there is connection between the erstwhile King Nagabhairava (Venkatesh) and the aatma of Chandramukhi (Anushka). How the doctor unravels the mystery of Chandramukhi aka Nagavalli forms the rest of the story.
When you plan to make a sequel to one of the biggest blockbusters in South India – Rajnikant starrer Chandramukhi – you ought to be extra cautious and make it better than the original or comparisons with original would kill the movie. As it has been proved many times, this one also establishes that original movies are better on any day. In the case of Nagavalli, sequel to Chandramukhi and remake of Kannada film, Apta Rakshaka, the result is even the worse because the first 45 minutes of Nagavalli are just reenactment of what we have seen in Chandramukhi. The real drama starts in the interval with Venkatesh portraying an evil king but those scenes fail to make an impact as they are just copy of Arundhati. Repetitiveness of scenes, sluggish screenplay, and lack of suspense elements, the movie turns out to be an uninteresting fare. So in nutshell, it is just mix of Chandramukhi and Arundhati. Moreover bad performances have killed the interest further. Humor is in bad taste too.
Venkatesh does the role of a psychiatrist and as well as a King’s role. In a role of evil king, Venky has tried to bring novelty but in another surprising role, his performance is nothing but a sham. One wonders how could Venky deliver such a bad performance, especially at his 25th year of acting career.
Anushka’s role is not lengthy but she has the physique to bring authenticity to the role of a courtesan Chandramukhi aka Nagavalli. Kamalinee Mukharjee does justice to her role and Richa is very convincing. Shraddha Das looks like a man draped in a Saree. Poonam Kaur is relegated to a junior artiste. The comedy done by Brahamanandam and Dharamavarapu hardly evoke laughter.
The royal sets designed by art director Chinna are eye-catching. Sham K Naidu’s visuals are equally cool. Music by Guru Kiran lacks punch. Visual graphics are nice. Rama Rajamouli styling to the character of king and Anushka are aesthetically appreciable. Costumes Krishna should also be commended for his effort.
Dialogues by Parachuri Brothers are theatrical. P Vasu, who belongs to old school of film making, as writer and director has not shown any creativity nor his screenplay holds the audience’s interest.
Nagavalli lacks the thrilling moments like Chandramukhi had . It is more like re-enactment of the original movie with new set of actors and adding Arundhati elements to the drama. Some episodes in the second half are the only saving grace. Rest is pretty ordinary.