Asura: Interesting outing

Nara Rohit and Priya Banerjee in 'Asura'  

Cast: Nara Rohit, Priya Banerjee

Direction: Krishna Vijay

Music: Sai Karthik

Plot: Jailor's goal is to execute a criminal, but things don't move accordingly

Bottomline: Not a bad watch at all

In most of his films, Nara Rohit is shown as a serious, reticent young man. In this movie he plays Dharma, a jailor with a sad past with just girl friend Harika (Priya Banerjee) he can call his own.

The film opens with the hero clipping the wings of those escaping from jail and one of them is a dreaded character Charlie (Ravi Verma) who has been sentenced to death for killing his step siblings in a gruesome manner. Everytime the noose is about to tighten, something or the other leads to his execution being postponed. Charlie's brother (Satya Dev) is attempting to help his brother escape even as another criminal Pandu is lured by Charlie to help him come out of the jail in exchange for a huge booty of diamonds. The rest of the story is about how Dharma takes law into his hands and earns the sobriquet of ‘Rakshasudu’. Asura is the book he is writing to vent out his feelings, the director shows him as a man with a softer side who wants to record his thoughts in the form of poetry.

The first half of the film has been dealt very well, the second part begins on an interesting note but the director makes the climax look predictable. If only he had weaved the second half differently, Asura would have been a good movieNevertheless Krishna Vijay shows promise as a debutant director and nowhere does he let boredom set in

Rohit does a decent job as a jailor and performs the action scenes well. He has put on lot of weight but is absolutely fine; any extra pounds henceforth will make him undesirable for the screen. Priya Banerjee looks very pretty and she suits the role of his girl friend well. It is a big relief to see director Krishna Vijay use Telugu actors Ravi Verma and Satya Dev to play villainous roles. The freshness on the screen comes from not having any Mumbai actors playing grey roles.

Music and background impresses and so does the cinematography. Despite having no comedy or duets, the auteur succeeds in keeping the audiences glued to the seats. Dialogues are good, they doesn't go overboard; though they are a bit preachy and philosophical, a common man can relate to it. Asura is not loud or heavy on the mind, Nara Rohit does a balanced job and this makes a good watch.

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