Megastar Chiranjeevi’s Acharya Movie Review

Cast: Megastar Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Sonu Sood, Pooja Hegde, Ajay, Nasser, Banerjee, Jishu Sen Gupta, Shatru, Raja Ravindra and others.

Crew:

Music by Mani Sharma

Cinematography by Thiru

Written & Directed by Koratala Siva

Produced by Niranjan Reddy, Ram Charan

Presented by Surekha Konidela

Megastar Chiranjeevi established himself as undisputed box office King of Telugu Cinema. He proved that his attraction among the common audiences and star power did not decrease with his films Khaidi No.150 and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. He went through grueling weight loss sessions to look different and slim in his latest film Acharya. Koratala Siva wrote and directed the film and Ram Charan acted with Chiranjeevi in an extended cameo in the film. Movie released on 29th April and here is our take on the film.

Story:

Movie starts with a voice over from Superstar Mahesh Babu introducing us to 800 years old Padhagattam and Dharmasthali. People of Padaggatam believe that their goddess Ghattamma will save them. They live their lives close to the nature and don’t want to disturb the old lifestyle in any case. While few portions of the pilgrimage update with time, people enjoy their festivals and live their lives in Sanatana Style. A great river keeps flowing between Padagattam and Dharmasthali.

This place seems like a great opportunity for a co-operate company owner Rathod (Jishu Sen Gupta) and he uses Basava (Sonu Sood) to evacuate the village. When people of Padagattam hope that their goddess will help them, Acharya (Megastar Chiranjeevi) enters into the village and starts to fight for the people there. They wait for their best and honest citizen Siddha (Ram Charan) to return and fight for them but Acharya does that work. Why? What is the connection between Siddha and Acharya? Watch the movie to know more.

Analysis:

Let’s cut to the chase and we would like to state outright that none of the highlight portions that Koratala Siva expected to work on screen, unfortunately did not work to the level he and his team anticipated. The director tried to make a film that is 50% vintage Megastar film and 50% today’s film. While his idea to make such a film is fine, his execution did not match to his original vision. He likes to narrate the story in an organic way with a pace of his own. It worked in his previous movies as scenes had depth and emotional connectivity with characters made them memorable.

In Bharat Ane Nenu, he picked Bharat’s character and travelled with him. He cleverly delivered a commercial high voltage film mixing all that is needed in such a high budget film while trying to emotionally connect us with Bharat. Here, his writing on paper had two strong characters in Acharya and Siddha but trying to balance them both and also give a vintage Chiranjeevi film feel, he missed the mark. Mainly, after the entry of Siddha movie fell flat and outdated narration did not work in its favor also.

Koratala Siva tried his best to mix the “masala” elements but when movies like RRR, KGF Chapter 2 have managed without few commercial compromises like item songs, more songs, forced humor, unwanted romantic portions, Siva should have also sticked to his school rather than adding few scenes for Ram Charan, Pooja Hegde and the item song, Saana Kashtam. They diluted the impact of the characters he wrote. Also, movie tried to focus on environmental issues with co-operate greed and Sanatana Dharma style of living. Adding Naxal thought process to the mix did not balance the entire set up as well as he hoped.

Mani Sharma made his presence felt. Cinematography by Thiru is good and editing could have been better as few scenes seemed to not sit with the rhythm that the editor established with the opening portions in the later half. VFX is the major villain for the film and de-ageing of Chiranjeevi did not work at all. It will be a troll stuff in coming days. Production values are good.

Megastar Chiranjeevi is still not at his Tagore or Indra level ease. His dialogue delivery and body language have changed a lot from those days due to age and may be he needs to take care of those issues in his future films. In fights, his ease seems to have come down and we cannot expect him to deliver similar fights like he did in his younger days. Ram Charan’s screen presence is superb and his body language is apt. Few scenes seem to have been rushed due to his schedules with RRR and hence, there are some continuity errors. Pooja Hegde seem to have been forcefully fit into this film as they needed some glamour post Kajal Aggarwal’s exit. She did not have much to do. All other actors performed as they usually do with the given material.

Positives:

Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan combination

Thiru’s visuals

Mani Sharma’s BGM work

Negatives:

Lethargic Writing

Outdated Screenplay and Fatigued Story

Koratala Siva’s Narrative Pace

Bottom Line: A Boring Lecture!

Rating: 2.25/5

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