Kodi Ramakrishna directorial Nagabharanam – sounds like a powerful title promising yet another visual wonder and supernatural thriller. On top of it, the graphical recreation of our beloved Superstar the legendary (late) Vishnuvardhan! Need more reasons to flock to the theaters?
But it is not an exaggeration if we say you’ll look at the glowing ‘EXIT’ doors at the corners not less than thrice.
The film starts on an intense note with the graphics and voiceover trying to absorb you into the story and then comes the run-of-the-mill hero introduction song. As soon as the hero completes the song, the heroine also pops up out of the blues – fine! And then the lackadaisical romantic “comedy” follows with the villains flashing on and off. The Vfx showreel begins with the pre-interval episode and by then the proper setup and emotional connect are already gone for a toss.
For all the super-optimistic cinegoers, here comes the second half with boredom reloaded. When all your hopes are pinned upon the historical past to unfold – you need to wait for a while until it shows up in the most predictable yet disappointing manner. Now it’s time for some who rehash (you’ve Nagamma song reprising for Jejamma here) but nothing close to that cult. Crucial moments go bland and the action choreography is simply ridiculous. It is saddening to see an exemplary actor like Saikumar was wasted.
Well are you waiting for Superstar Vishnuvardhan to some final magic? (Wake up dear…the climax is here!) The visual effects and background score do all the noise giving you the feel of the much awaited climax.
Every film has loopholes and setbacks but none of the Kodi Ramakrishna classics had such dumb characterization, dialogues (with gems like Nenu Vijayudanu…neevu parajithuralivi!), amateurish staging and gibberish narrative like Nagabharanam does (With all due respects to his work). An average cinegoer and KR fan simply cannot believe it was his film especially after watching Arundhati.
- Visual Effects
- Music and Background score
- Production design
- Story, Screenplay and narration
- Action choreography
- No WOW factors