- Movie Review
by : Behindwoods review board
(Dual role), Deepak, Shayaji Shinde,
Sonu Sood, Manorama
Shyam Prasad Reddy
is very rarely that a Telugu
film gets dubbed and released
in Tamil on such a scale. When
that happens, one can gauge
the impact that the Telugu original
would have made in Andhra Pradesh.
Arundhathi releases in Tamil
with quite a reputation after
having been declared a blockbuster
in Tollywood. Surprisingly,
it is horror for the second
time in three weeks, the first
being Yaavarum Nalam. But, besides
basically belonging to the horror
genre, there is not another
of similarity between Yaavarum Nalam and
Arundhathi. While the former gives an urban
sophisticated dimension to horror, the latter
returns to haunted castles, blood thirsty
spirits, reincarnation and exorcism.
The movie begins with Arundhathi (Anushka)
returning to her native village from the
city. The village welcomes her with mysterious
happenings and air of impending doom. She
senses that there is something wrong but
is not able to understand it. That is when
she comes across a Muslim cleric (Sayaji
Shinde) who specializes in exorcising spirits.
He warns of great perils that await her
and warns her against staying in the village.
But the city bred mind refuses to accept
the words of an exorcist, she stays on.
Spending more days in the village she starts
hearing the age old folklores of her ancestor,
a brave princess who ruled the province
many years ago.
Flashback…. A young princess (Anushka)
reigns in the palace, she is loved by the
people of her land. The same family also
has a young man (Sonu Sood) who seems to
be the odd one out in a group of nobles.
He is a philanderer having no respect for
women and other people. His atrocities know
no limits and it is decided by the princess
that an end needs to be put upon this. Thus
begins a long and deathly encounter between
the princess and the man. It see-saws as
the man is beaten up by the people and left
to die in a forest. But he returns years
later with many more demonic powers, much
more difficult to stop. How the princess
stops his deathly walk, binds him for eternity
and what makes her reincarnate years later
to finish the job forever, forms the crux
of the movie.
Woven around a premise that reminds us of
ancient folklores, granny’s tales
and myths, Arundhathi is a gripping narration.
There is no room for easy breathing, as
the director plunges straight into the main
plot, the tension and excitement that begins
there does not die down. We have seen horror
films before, based on such themes, but
it is the scale of picturization that makes
a mark here. The visuals are grand, majestic
and chilling, all at appropriate times.
K. Sendhil Kumar’s camera has done
justice to the requirements of such a script.
Excellent use of visual effects is something
that one cannot miss in the movie. Koti’s
background score is the strength of the
movie. If there is one thing about the movie
that can upset you, it is the amount of
blood and gore. Literally, the movie is
stained with blood, that coupled with the
constant tension in the narration can be
a deterrent for women and children.
The movie has got some strong performances.
Anushka does well, impressing in a couple
of well shot duel sequences, so does Sonu
Sood and the rest of the cast. The dubbing
department has done a quality job, there
are not many places where it is plainly
obvious that this is a Telugu movie, and
the heavy Telugu flavor has been mitigated
to a large extent. Vaali’s lyrics
have done the same for the songs.
Overall, Arundhathi is an old school horror
movie with all the mythical and supernatural
elements that we have heard as part of folklore.
It has a gripping narration, great visuals
and is enjoyable if you are willing to submit
yourself to the storyline. This is not the
kind of movie for the intelligent audience
who care about logic, like to ask questions
and are absolutely against superstitions.
Go for it if you love a spook, no matter
what the story.
Old school horror, new age film making