Director: Trivikram Srinivas
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Keerthy Suresh, Anu Emmanuel
Producer: S. Radha Krishna
Release Date: January 10, 2018
Pawan Kalyan and Trivikram Srinivas third outing, Agnyaathavaasi, is the most talked film lately. The craze of this film was clearly visible in the prerelease business numbers. In the midst of all the rumors saying that this film would be the last film for Pawan Kalyan before plunging into active politics, let’s find out how well this film had shaped up.
Owner of AB group, Govinda Bhargav alias Vinda (Boman Irani) and his son are killed by business rivals. Vinda's wife Indrani Bhargav (Khusbu) calls her other son Abhishkt Bhargav (Pawan Kalyan) to come out from exile. Abhishkt Bhargav steps into AB group office in the name of Balasubramanyam. He blends in the office and tries to find out the actual suspects in his father’s murder.
Are Varma (Rao Ramesh) and Sharma (Murali Sharma) the main culprits behind the murder of Govinda Bhargav and his son? How is Seetharam (Aadhi Pinisetty) involved in all this? How does Abhishkt Bhargav bring his father’s assassins to justice and prove himself as the heir to the AB group? forms the rest of the story.
When Trivikram Srinivas announced his film with Pawan Kalyan, everyone expected that this film will turn out to be another blockbuster after Jalsa and Attarintiki Daredi. However, Trivikram proved everyone wrong and showed that there is no more creative juice left in him. He tried to add different elements to the 'Largo Winch’ story and made a mess out of it.
For this film, Trivikram heavily relied on poor comedy to make this movie interesting but could not succeed in his efforts. The way he showcased Pawan Kalyan’s character was too bad. Aadhi, who was supposed to be the main villain of this film, could not give any match for Pawan Kalyan.
First half is too bland with boring comedy and romantic scenes that tests your patience. Second half gives little bit relief with some good scenes. Even though Agnyaathavaasi has very good artists throughout the film, but it is undoubtedly Pawan Kalyan who shouldered the film completely. Both the heroines Keerthy Suresh and Anu Emanuel have pretty weak characters, which does not add any value to the story. They are just there for glamour show. Kushboo had delivered good performance in the role of Indrani. Boman Irani, Rao Ramesh and Murali Sharma were ok in their characters.
The movie does not have any high points that could keep viewers glued to their seats. The emotional connect which Trivikram had established in Attarintiki Daredi was completely missing in this film. The only plus point in Agnyaathavaasi is that the movie is visually attractive and has rich production values. Manikandan’s camera placements and cinematography are top notch. Tamil music director Anirudh Ravichander, who made Telugu debut with this film, had given couple of good tunes for this film. In summary, Agnyaathavaasi is one the weakest film directed by Trivikram Srinivas till date. He completely wasted the opportunity, even after knowing what Pawan Kalyan is capable of doing.
Result: Shabby Direction