Continuing the trend of reviewing low budget films during lockdown, today’s film, ardha shathabdham, is now available on aha. now let’s see how it is.
The movie is based on the small town of Siricialla, Telangana, and is about Krishna (Karthik Rathnam) who falls in love with Pushpa (Krishna Priya). It is a one-sided love for Krishna and when she decides to reveal her love, a crazy incident created by Krishna involves the whole village. this, in turn, makes matters worse as caste-related issues come into play. what will krishna do now? How is she going to deal with such a problem? what happens to the town? which forms the story.
karthik rathnam plays the main lead and is quite impressive as the one-sided lover. Karthik does well in all the love scenes, but he is quite good when the movie enters the second half. he as helpless lover was good.
krishna priya suited herself to the role of the village belle and does what is required of her. the climax of the movie is handled decently. anil geela in the friend’s gang was good. the rustic atmosphere of the town was shown well in the film.
The second half of the movie makes some sense and the way it ends looks good. small-time caste issues in the town are well addressed in some scenes. ajay is fine in his police role and so was subhaleka sudhakar.
Sai Kumar as a former Naxalite was good but his character was not very clear. a few more scenes and what he thinks at the end is not very clear. naveen chandra plays an aggressive cop and he doesn’t do it to any extent. it’s hard to understand why he even said yes to the role that doesn’t matter at all.
The first half of the movie is a big disappointment as the hero just wanders around the heroine on the bike and doesn’t even propose to her. about this, the songs show the same angle of love over and over again. you’ve seen all this in so many movies.
The real story starts in the second half and the caste angle is introduced. but there are so many stories and fights shown that are not even connected to the main theme. Just for convenience, caste-based fights that weren’t necessary at all are highlighted.
The film’s production values are good, as is the background music. the songs are decent but placed in a horrible way. the camera work was quite impressive as the village setting is shown quite well. the production design and art department do a good job on the film. the dialogues written for subhaleka sudhakar are quite impressive.
As for director rawindra pulle, his story idea is good but his execution was disappointing. he keeps the same old scenes of the hero chasing the heroine throughout the first half and doesn’t focus on the rest. although he brings the basic twist through the heroine angle, the way the caste system is highlighted is not good. after a point, there is no agenda in the movie as everyone kills each other for no reason and the emotions fade.
Overall, ardha shathabdham has a decent story, but it’s marred by rushed, routine storytelling. the first half is boring, routine and worthless. but things start to make sense from the interval. but once the key twist is revealed things go haywire as too much is being served on the plate in the name of the caste system which looks weird and has no emotional connection making this movie dull and dumb for see this weekend.
123telugu.com rating: 2.25/5
reviewed by 123telugu team
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