the 2017 released tamil film kadamban is dubbed in telugu as gajendrudu. Starring Arya and Catherine Tresa are the lead roles, the movie has hit the screens today. let’s see how it is.
The film begins in a thick forest and shows a group of tribesmen leading a happy life with their families. On the other hand, a businessman named Mahendra (Deepraj Rana) looks at the rich natural resources in that area and plans to evict these forest tribes. gajendrudu (arya) opposes this proposal and declares war on the great wings. the rest of the story is how gajenrudu and the people from him take on these rich businessmen and save the land from him.
The way of life of tribal people and their innocence is very well shown with a suitable background forest. The beast likeness of the hero Arya with chiseled body is convincingly presented and has the appearance of a tribal man.
his emotional performance during the film’s crucial crossover is good and elevates the scenes. heroine catherine is beautiful as a tribal girl and made her the part of her decently in the limited space of the screen. arya and catherine tresa look great together as a couple.
all the other people who were seen as tribal are fine in their roles. the climactic sequence where arya’s gang attack the villain with weapons from the forest is good.
The biggest drawback of the movie is that it runs on a flat note with slow paced proceedings. Although the main problem related to the survival of the tribal community is exposed, it is not effectively addressed.
The chemistry between the main couple is good, but their path isn’t set up properly. yet another drawback is that the movie lacks regular entertainment like comedy and thumping songs. the gang of villains shown in the movie is not that effective.
director n. Ragavan is to be appreciated for picking up this kind of theme and making the movie with a star like Arya. he tried to address the problems of tribal peoples and the loopholes in the system that affect his community. but his execution lacks an engaging script. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s songs are underwhelming, but his background score is stunning. the production values of this mid-budget movie are good.
Developer’s editing work is good as they did their best to keep the movie length short. cinematography by s. r. sathish kumar is brilliant at capturing some beautiful spots in the forest. vfx and graphics work is decent. the costume design is beautiful as all the performers look fit in their roles.
Overall, gajendrudu is the story of tribes going to extreme lengths to fight corporate giants for their survival. Arya is fine in her role, but the slow-paced narration and not-so-effective script messes up the flow of the film, making it a sub-par movie to watch this weekend.
123telugu.com rating: 2.5/5
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