Aravindha Sametha Movie Review: Jr NTR gleams in this faction narrative backed by Trivikram Srinivas' noteworthy writing

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Trivikram Srinivas writing and Jr NTR s performance make it a perfect watch.

Not every day, as a viewer, one gets to watch a film like Aravindha Sametha Veera Raghava and the reason we say that is because it involves two highly celebrated people of Telugu cinema - Jr NTR and Trivikram Srinivas. On the outset, Aravindha Sametha is a faction-genre debut for director Trivikram Srinivas who has so far done rom-com and comedy so far. And he shines like never before with the backing of a thundering performance by Jr NTR. Trivikram Srinivas is known for coming up with lines which rhyme but have a conclusive summary. But he avoids all those in Aravindha Sametha and sticks to the core of the subject – faction.


Set in the backdrop of Rayalaseema region in Andhra Pradesh, Aravindha Sametha is about Veera Raghava Reddy, played by Jr NTR, who thrives to bring about a change in the mindset of people and his enemies to make peace, but without any killings or violence. Veera Raghava is inspired to do so because of his love interest, Aravindha, played by Pooja Hegde who is an anthropology student.

The Gleam:

Jr NTR as Veera Raghava Reddy carries the film on his shoulders and doesn't let you turn your head whenever he is on screen. The intense actor's performance as a man who is trying to make peace with his enemies shines like gold. And giving a run for his money is actor Jagapathi Babu, the antagonist Basi Reddy, who delivers a wicked performance. If you were surprised with Jagapathi Babu's acting in Rangasthalam, you will be dumb-found with his act in Aravindha Sametha. Pooja Hegde playing the first half of the titular role, Aravindha, plays the inspiring element for Veera Raghava in the plot and the actress convinces us with her portrayal. Actor Sunil, who is taking a leap back at supporting roles with Aravindha Sametha, does not let Trivikram Srinivas down and brings all his experience to the table and delivers a performance which his fans have been waiting for. Naga Babu as Jr NTR's father, in his brief presence, leaves a long-lasting impact throughout the narrative. The background score and the songs by Thaman SS need a special shout-out because of the thump they have on us during action scenes and it's tough to get rid of the hangover.

The Bland:

While Trivikram tried to stay to the core of the emotion throughout, few dull moments pull them backwards and make us think "why?". The explanations by Jr NTR at every important and moment-defining juncture in a poetic fashion, at times, makes us adjust our sitting posture. Eesha Rebba, after playing successful lead roles in the past, is just another character in Aravindha Sametha and it surprises us why she was chosen. Establishment of few scenes and placement of few lines might make us feel a bit bored. But all these vanish out of your head when you reach the climax of the film. The conversation between Jr NTR and the antagonist Jagapathi Babu will stay with you for a while and will make you forget all the things you thought shouldn't have been in the film.

If you like watching potboilers and yet admire subtle subjects, Aravidha Sametha is the right choice this weekend. Trivikram Srinivas' writing and Jr NTR's performance make it a perfect watch and will keep you hooked to it for almost three hours and it is worth it.

Rating:3.5 out of 5

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