With Aadikeshava, Vaisshnav Tej turns into a mass action hero. The film starring Sreeleela in the lead role has been released today. Read this review to find out if the film is worth watching or not.
Story: Chitra(Sreeleela) works as a CEO of a multi-national company. Balu(Vaisshnav Tej) joins the company as a fresher. In no time, Chitra falls head over heels for Balu and they become a couple. But this does not go well with Chitra’s dad who decides to teach Balu a lesson. Just when he decides to do that a powerful gang from Rayalseema comes to support Balu. Who is this Balu? What is his background? Is there a back story? Watch the film to know more.
Performances: Vaisshnav Tej is good in a mass role. In the first half, he plays a lover boy and evokes decent vibes. In the second half, he turns a mass hero and mouths powerful dialogues that suit him well. Tej has good body language and proves that he can carry any role in this film. Sreeleela is the heart of this film and she is amazing. Be it her screen presence and dances, she has once again lived up to all the hype. Joju George made his Telugu debut and he was impressive in his role. Suman and the other cast of the film were decent. Sada was neat in her role.
Technical Aspects: GV Prakash Kumar’s music resonates with commercial appeal, evident in both his songs and background scores. The choreography of the songs is designed to captivate a broad audience, ensuring a mass appeal. The cinematography is meticulous, showcasing a polished visual aesthetic. The technical elements seamlessly blend with the commercial essence, indicating a willingness from the producers to invest generously in the production. The fights are good but they are overdone in the climax.
Analysis: After watching the ‘Aadhikeshava’ trailer, it’s clear to the audience that it’s a typical, commercial movie. The director, Srikanth Reddy, intentionally avoided introducing anything new in the story, narration, dialogues, and direction. The goal was to create a straightforward commercial film for Tej and that’s exactly what it turned out to be.
While there are some funny moments in the first half, the movie becomes more routine in the second half, especially when the story shifts to Seema. The story and twists might remind viewers of popular movies, leading to a few dull moments.
The action scenes are reminiscent of Boyapati’s films, and the climax, although attempting to be intense, may feel a bit exaggerated. The director hinted early on that the protagonist, Rudra, would unleash powerful moves if angered. However, the climax doesn’t quite land, with some scenes feeling forced, such as the school teacher’s harsh actions or the punishment for the villain’s misbehavior with the sister.
This attempt may come across as more comedic than intended. The emotional buildup with the hero in Seema loses its impact due to a small scene at the end of the film. There are so many such issues that plague the film and bores the audience. The saving grace is Sreeleela.
Verdict: On the whole, Aadikeshava is a routine commercial film that does not show anything new. A few comedy scenes in the first half are good. Vaisshnav Tej passes as a mass hero with flying colors but the narration, and routineness bring the film down in no time.