(Rajiv Kanakala) and Rishi (Rishi) are childhood buddies.
They struggled together to come up in life and settle
as director and hero respectively. They delivered two
consecutive hits together and are in search of a script
for a 3rd film. Of the scripts sent by various story
writers, Aravind finds one script to be interesting.
But that script was smudged with ink after 60th page
(25th scene). He summons his assistant to scout for
the writer and takes Rishi for story discussions on
that script to his remote wooden guesthouse located
few kilometers away from the city. The scenes mentioned
in the script come alive. As the things get scary, Aravind
wants to see what would happen in the next scene and
realize that the rest of the script is smudged by ink.
The rest of the story is all about what happens next.
Kanakala is excellent in the role of Arvind.
His histrionics are natural. Rishi
is competent for his character. Mona
Chopra is OK. Ghazal Srinivas
did a pivotal character in this film. His dialogue delivered
added the necessary mystery to his character. Madhu
did well as the role of housekeeper. Mallikharjuna
Rao is adequate.
- screenplay - direction: The basic story plot of
the film is interesting. But the point in climax is
unappealing. Sekhar Suri definitely had the necessary
spark in him as the director. The way he narrated the
first half without much story shows his grip on screenplay.
However, he could not sustain the interest in second
half. The chase scenes, mystic killings in the first
half are dealt with dexterity. However the following
points were not convincing enough -
1. The misunderstandings
creeping in between Aravind and Rishi (more so because
they are close buddies from the childhood).
2. The connection between the story in the script
and the mysterious lady killer is not established.
3. Though the appearance of the writer in the interval
looked interesting, he played passive role in second
half. If the scenes in the scripts are coming alive,
then why can't he tell what would happen later so
that they could avoid it being happened.
4. Heroine would be passive (in stead of explaining)
even when people try to kill her during the climax.
departments: Cinematographer Ramesh Krishna has
done a very good work. The chase sequences in the first
half are terrific. He used natural night light for the
entire second half. Music by Vijay Kurakula is good.
He had a beautifully choreographed song in first half.
Artwork of the film is also good. Production values
of the film are appropriate. Debutant producer Sridhar
Rao should be commended for choosing different genre
of film in stead of going for routine formula film.
First half of the film is interesting. The second half
is bit boring. The plus points of the film are director's
taking in the first half and photography. The minus
point of the film is climax. This film runs for almost
2 and half hours. It is difficult to narrate a horror
story for 2 and half hours. Director should have made
the film for less duration. You may watch this film
for it's first half.
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