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Arundhati Review

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Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
For every measly 3 steps that our films take in the direction of non-violence, some insist on retracing 2. Arundhati is one of those that puposefully turns around and takes 10 gigantic leaps, making on-screen factionism seem tame. And that is the only complaint we have against Arundhati, an impressive past-life-revenge drama that works because the positives far overshadow the negatives.

Arundhati (Anushka), the only girl-child her family has borne in 3 generations, is believed to be the reincarnation of her great-grandmother, the most fearless queen Gadwal had ever seen. Her wedding date is all set, and there is colour, mehendi and singing, at her home in Hyderabad.

Now, the spirit of the incredibly evil Pasupathi (Sonu Sood), who was the queen's adversary, aided by his mother's spirit, is resentful of the wedding, and its intentions of taking care of unfinished business are made extremely clear through the menacing throaty voices that emanate from an abandoned palace in Gadwal.

Self-latching doors and possessed water taps cause Arundhati's grandfather (Satyanarayana) to have a fall, and she comes to Gadwal to visit him. Meanwhile, the haunted palace claims an innocent victim, whose husband is almost driven mad by the incident. When the local sorcerer, Anwar (Sayaji Shinde), tries his hand at the man, Arundhati (the junior) pooh-poohs the sorcerer and his ways. In return, Anwar warns her of terrible danger ahead, and urges her to leave Gadwal. Arundhati, of course, doesn't take the man seriously, until proof confronts her in a rather macabre way.

The rest of the story is about the bloody past, the bloody present, and the bloody battle between good and evil, with heavy doses of intrigue and dark magic thrown in (and even a reference to cannibalism, here in the jungles of Andhra Pradesh!). Overall, the theme isn't unfamiliar territory, but bits of the story are. As for the characters, Pasupathi's is highly exaggerated, and leaves you wondering why no one put a check on his iniquities until it was too late.

Be warned that the film contains some highly graphic scenes of violence, with a disturbingly bizarre focus on the cranium, and we aren't talking about merely smashing skulls. Imagine people getting speared through the mouth, or glass slabs slicing faces. If that's not the kind of movie-watching that gives you the kicks, you'll probably do well staying away.

However, to give the movie its due, the drama and the performances are riveting enough (and more) to offset any revulsion the violence could bring about. Anushka appears very, very seasoned as an actress, and gets some glam-time only as queen Arundhati. Sonu Sood is great as the repulsive Pasupathi, and even more haunting as his ghost, in a most unflattering get-up, we must say. Arjun Bajwa is in a teensy role, one which mostly keeps you worried about something terrible happening to him.

The brilliant Sayaji Shinde is in a refreshingly different role - one that doesn't see him in police uniforms or in crisp whites - and seems so perfect for it, too. And is it our imagination that his Hindi now seems more contrived than his Telugu?

The music matches the grandioseness of the film, note-by-note, specially the Jejamma song. The grand production values are evident in the visuals (though the special effects don't appear convincing) and in the flow of the script.

Needless to say, Arundhati is not a relaxing treat, and definitely not recommended for kids. Go prepared for some messy deliverance, and you will fare great.
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  • Cast
    Anushka, Deepak (Arjan Bajwa), Sayaji Shinde, Sonu Sood, Manorama, Kaikala Satyanarayana, Annapoorna, Ahuti Prasad
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  • Music
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  • Director
    Kodi Ramakrishna
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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1 - 11 OF 11 COMMENTS
Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - No
Good for dates - No
Wait to rent it - No
Kalyan Kumar on 5th Mar 2009, 12:38pm | Permalink
Excellent movie after a long time in Telugu. Anushka is mindblowing in the movie. The visuals are on par with the hollywood standards. Hats off Shyam Prasad Reddy garu for such an awesome movie!!!

Pros: Script, performance, visuals, bgscore
Cons: violence
KaYKaY on 4th Mar 2009, 6:35pm | Permalink
Come on guys... Is this movie that good??? Ok, I accept the visuals are great, CGI too good for tollywood, but is that the only reason for watching a movie and overrating it.
Yes, this is probably the most overrated movie in the recent history after Happy Days. And this is one of the most cliched screen play too. Every thing happens what you expect to, sometimes, even less happens than you think of.
And the publicity that it is a family entertainer... bull sh*t... look at the gore in this movie, violence and disturbing imagery will put Pokiri et al into children movie category. and the rape scene... cant even comment on it. Not for family, definitely not for Kids.
5 out of 10 is max it should get.

Pros: Visuals
Cons: Gore, Unhealthy, voilent
stupid on 24th Feb 2009, 3:11pm | Permalink
the worst movie i have ever seen. are the sensors sleeping when the scene involving rape after killing has come. mere sex, violence ,unbearable shoutings throughout the movie make it irritating and unenjoyable.lacks any kind of entertainment except mental torture.

Pros: nil
Cons: everything
Thyagu on 23rd Feb 2009, 1:08am | Permalink
This was a terrific movie and a movie that I enjoyed after a long time. Kudos to the production team.
Abhishek on 25th Jan 2009, 11:53am | Permalink
I never expected this kinda performance from Anushka and Sonu sood. Hats off to the producer Shyam Prasad Reddy who has shown confidence in Kodi Rama Krshna, even after the major debacle of ANJI, and rahul nambiar. Excellent team work. "Screenplay and story by Mallemala team", thi sis the part of the credits which has attracted me so much, it shows the team work. Baeing an aspiring film maker, isee this movie as a benchmark for thrillers and a trend setter.

Please go and watch this movie in theatre, you can experience the thrill only there. Please kill piracy and encourage thse kinda movies.
Krishna on 23rd Jan 2009, 9:55pm | Permalink
Something very very different. Stellar performances by Anushka, Sonu and Sayaji. Just go and watch it.

Pros: Anushka, Sonu, Sayaji and the special effects
Cons: The gore
srikant on 22nd Jan 2009, 2:49pm | Permalink
One of the finest special effects in telugu film industry since Anji.The film roars in technical part with stunning visuals and sound effects,don't watch it on pirated videos this movies needs to be appreciated by paying right amount in decent theatres.
Goo and watch it.
RK C on 19th Jan 2009, 4:02pm | Permalink
Good thriller after a long time
Pavan Kumar on 19th Jan 2009, 9:37am | Permalink
Excellent is the word to rate this movie and awesome is the feeling after watching the movie.You can compare this with Hollywood movies.Must watch movie in a Good sound system theater.

Pros: Anushka and all the other actors,Graphics,screen play,music and everything.
Cons: Content of blood shown
Laxman Reddy on 18th Jan 2009, 7:21pm | Permalink
This film is a revelation in Tollywood industry. Andhra cinegoers tired of seeing mediocre quality, thoughtless movies should go and watch this movie. The films intent is clear and so much thought has been put in story, script, visuals, dubbing, performances and above all art. Some of the scenes make you feel like the childhood chandamama stories and visuals have come alive. Go and watch in a good theatre with good sound system.

Pros: story, script, visuals, dubbing, performances and above all art
Cons: voilance and blood
me@myself on 17th Jan 2009, 11:06am | Permalink

Pros: graphics
Cons: superstious
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