Producer: Ramesh Babu
Cast: Mahesh, Amrita Rao
Director: Surender Reddy
Surender Reddy’s skill matches his ambition and it comes to the fore in his second venture Atidhi that results in an engaging and a visually appealing film. Mahesh’s metamorphosis from a brooding actor to an intense performer becomes evident.
This time round his work is not understated, but a little more audible.
Dialogues are not entirely fresh, how many times have we heard of the actor proclaiming his love for Sridevi? Amrita Rao proves beauty is more than skin deep.
Comedy is feather weight, Venu Madhav’s work is wholly pedestrian and Sunil’s dialogues fall flat. Rajiv Kanakala is back in a slimmed look and this combination of talent and appearance should fetch him more films.
Malaika cavorts in an item number and draws a lukewarm response; probably it has something to do with her anorexic figure, our Southies often complain of.
Ashish Vidyarthi looks like a zombie and his selection of roles are far from impressive. Murali Sharma arched eyebrows make more impact than his performance and Nazar fades in a cameo.
The film’s supremacy is lost by the prolonged climax which makes you yawn and squirm in discomfort and unnecessary killing of the child and some more violent scenes could well be edited.
The basic concept of telling a story in Telugu cinema has been replaced by attempts to shock and the audiences acceptance of violent scenes is a proof of cross-generational appeal for such subjects. This film is just enough to give the mass their dose of masala.