Review: Narakasura – An engaging, earnest drama
‘Narakasura’ was released in theatres this Friday. Here is our review of the latest box-office release:
Like a number of content films these days, the film comes with a rural backdrop. In a village bordering two States (read Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu), a tense story involving edgy characters has been narrated.
Shiva (Rakshit Atluri) makes a living by working as a lorry driver. A loyalist to MLA Nagama Naidu (Charan Raj), he is known for his dutifulness and faithfulness. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Shiva has to go after Aadhi Naidu (Tej Charan Raj), the son of the MLA. For a long time, the audience are kept in the dark about the source of conflict and tension between Shiva and Aadhi. There is a third character, named Keshava (Shatru), who pitches himself into the conflict. How does the MLA do this best to set things right? How does Shiva navigate the same? Answers to these questions are found as the story progresses.
What is remarkable about the film is that all the primary artists satisfy the audience. After an out-and-out intense role like ‘Palasa 1978’, Rakshit delivers a compelling performance to the core. His performance is complemented by Aparna Janardhan and Sangeerthana Vipin, the upcoming actresses who possess nuance. Shatru is distinctive in every sense of the term.
Nasser, Charan Raj, Sriman, SS Kanchi, Gayatri Ravishankar, Tej Charan Raj, Kaartheek Saahas and others are fine.
Director Sebastian knows the significance of upping the game in terms of visuals and sound. Social issues, romance, earnest action and a climax that stays the course make this film an engaging outing.
The film’s trailer left no one in doubt that the subject is profound. “Sometimes, even God would have to turn devilish,” the voiceover in it said. ‘Narakasura’ lives up to the sophistication displayed by the trailer.
Sumukha Creations and Ideal Filmmaker whip up commendable production values. Nani Chamidisetty’s cinematography is enlivened by the right colour grading, while AIS Nawfal Raja’s background score lends authenticity to the proceedings. The editing by Ch Vamshee Krishna could have been better.
Screenplay that is sharp and unwavering.
The arc of Shatru’s character.
The rousing action sequences where emotions are the mainstay.
A few unnecessary scenes that could have been trimmed.
Verdict: ‘Narakasura’ is watchable although it is not the perfect film out there.