Bollywood star Akshay Kumar’s action adventure drama, Ram Setu co-starring Satyadev in a key role has hit the screens today in the Telugu version as well. Let’s see how it fares.
Story: An atheist archaeologist Aryan Kulshrestha ( Akshay Kumar) will be trapped by a wicked businessman Indrakant ( Nassar) to construct a waterway by demolishing the ancient Ram Setu bridge. How will Indrakant use the professional abilities of Aryan? After noticing this, what will Aryan do to prove the scientific existence history of the Ram Setu bridge and goes against Indrakant? What is the role of AP( Satyadev) in the entire setup, forms the crucial crux.
Performances: Akshay Kumar is okay with his usual acting in his given lead role. His salt-and-pepper look is okay. The way performed in the archaeologist character brings realistic texture to the film.
Tollywood actor Satyadev is impressive in his given key role. His purposeful role unveils a key twist during the climax and unfolds a new dimension for the audience.
Jacqueline Fernandez is fine in her supporting role and so is the case with Jennifer Piccinato. Actor Nassar is decent in his negative shaded character. Heroine Nushrratt Bharuccha is okay in her homely character as Aryan’s wife. Other supporting artists who did key roles are okay in their respective roles.
Technicalities: The cinematography by Aseem Mishra is alright as he showcased the entire film and scenes related to Ram Setu bridge in an effective way.
Rameshwar S. Bhagat’s editing work is okay as he tried to keep the runtime within limits by ignoring unwanted scenes. The background score given by Daniel B. George is disappointing. Production values for this star-studded film are okay.
Analysis: Director Abhishek Sharma’s thought of making a film based on Ram Setu is fine and his search work is visible on screen. Though Abhishek Sharma’s on-paper ideas are good, the execution part lacks emotional connectivity.
The entire Srilanka episodes are not showcased with poor VFX work due to which the audience disconnects from the main storyline. To summerize, Ram Setu is an adventure drama that revolves around the Ram Setu bridge. On the flip side, the lack of strong emotions and an engaging screenplay come as a defect for the film.
Verdict: Good concept bad execution!