The primary half of ‘Ardha Shatabdham’ goes in regards to the enterprise of telling a cliched love story with little consciousness in regards to the simmering caste fault traces in Siricilla in Telangana (the movie is about within the yr 2003).
Title: Ardha Shatabdham
Forged: Karthik Rathnam, Krishna Priya, Sai Kumar and others
Director: Rawindra Pulle
What do you name a movie that questions the ugly social actuality of birth-based occupation embedded within the caste system after which proceeds to type of romanticizing village life, the place many roles are carried out by individuals solely due to the caste they had been born into? The primary half of “Ardha Shatabdham’ goes in regards to the enterprise of telling a cliched love story with little consciousness in regards to the simmering caste fault traces in Siricilla in Telangana (the movie is about within the yr 2003). And when the plot thickens, the cardboard characters robotically go about unleashing massacres with a vengeance.
There’s a greater tragedy within the movie than the unrelenting caste riots. One visitor describes the riots as ‘lolli’ as if it’s a small disturbance. There’s carnage taking place exterior and a few laughably written characters are completely unfazed. One mom will get melodramatic, an extra-marital sexcapade performs out, a younger man playfully croons an Ilaiyaraaja music as if to elicit from the bewildered viewers a uncommon giggle. Then there’s the unseemly sight of a decision-maker sitting in an AC room and doling out anthropological and historical past classes to a surprised Superintendent of Police.
It is no one’s criticism that the movie does not have a powerful story. It did not want one. There was sufficient scope in its very social enchantment, within the advanced character performed by Sai Kumar (who’s a former Maoist along with his personal pettiness and a considerably over-possessive father), within the recurring theme of honour and the never-ending stream of caste-based killings. However the movie merely scratches the floor.
Casting character artists with a generic picture is a blunder that ought to have been prevented. Raja Ravindra, Aamani and Pavithra Lokesh do not convey a lot worth to the desk. Ajay, once more, proves to be ineffective within the function of a high cop. Naveen Chandra, who has a picture for taking part in quite a lot of roles, is considerably of a great match. Sai Kumar shouldn’t be solid to sort and his heavy-duty character is a gentle throwback to the one we noticed in ‘Prasthanam’ (minus the gravitas).
The characters look frozen and the ethical dilemmas usually are not correctly fleshed out. Tribal loyalties trump humanity, however every thing performs out in a bland trend. On the one hand, now we have acclaimed motion pictures like ‘Karnan’ (Tamil), which too handled the topic of caste violence. Then again, now we have an ‘Ardha Shatabdham’, the place a sociological disaster pans out like in an everyday movie.
Karthik Rathnam performs a lover boy who will get too many songs devoted to his routine character. In actual fact, the movie over-indulges his love story, which is elementary in any case. The lady who has swept him off his toes does not come off because the Goddess he must die for. She is positioned in cliched scenes. She dances within the rain, she goes to the temple to unwittingly give him her ‘darshan’, she goes to a ‘jatara’… These are the type of scenes now we have seen for ages.
Amidst all this, the characters make their inside turmoil too apparent. Which makes the movie all of the extra mediocre.
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