Kathanam Movie Review
Anasuya Bharadwaj, who is known to the Telugu audience from the super hit show of Jabardasth, appears in movies too as character artist some times. She has done some small time silly roles just for the sake of entertainment and some serious roles that gave her scope to showcase her potential. But this is the first time she has done a solo movie and let’s see how’s the verdict of the movie.
Anu (Anasuya Bharadwaj) is an assistant director for Maruthi. She struggles for her directorial offers. She approaches producers with many scripts in vain. Her childhood friend Dhana (Dhanaraj) accompanies her in her endeavors. Once when she approaches some producers, they give her a line and ask her to develop it. With the title Kathanam, she starts penning a draft and the surprise starts when a series of murders happen exactly as the way she writes it in her script. What is the secret behind this mystery forms the crux of the movie.Analysis:
Kathanam is a good attempt and a bad movie. The director, Rajesh Nadendla has chosen a fairly good line for his movie, (even though it has some simile with A Film By Aravind movie line) but fails in executing it in a gripping way. The movie will be interesting from the pre-climax as that is the only key point in the whole movie where the twists are revealed and some good sequences entertain the audience. But those sequences appear good only because the rest of the movie is boring and bad. The director is in the idea of making a brilliant movie that engages the audience all the way and pays off with the twist in the ending. But what appears to happen is otherwise. The director fails utterly at engaging the audience as the story runs pretty dull and most of the part can be easily predicted. Only with the climax twist, the director might have managed to pull the producers to fund for this movie, but it is not worth the movie’s length. Anasuya has really impressed the Telugu audience with her performances in Rangasthalam and Kshanam but she did not manage to impress the audience in her solo movie. She gets to play two roles and she is not a suitable cast for the second role in the first place and that episode, which is the backbone of the story, fails to connect to the audience and Anasuya is one of the reasons for that drawback. Dhanaraj and Randhir got some good roles to play and the role of Srinivas Avasarala is wasted sadly. Vennela Kishore’s role is added in the movie just for the sake of comedy and that too does not play as impactful as intended, making his portion an unnecessary waste of screen time. The technicalities of the movie scores no good points as the cinematography doesn’t appear genre appropriate and the background score sounds too unnecessarily loud at times. The production values fail to impress but because the movie is made on a small budget, can’t really comment on that department.Verdict:
Kathanam falls under mystery genre but the movie will be definitely disliked by mystery movie audience. The main reason is that the movie is made on a social message oriented concept and the mystery genre is taken for the sake of story-telling, which is the same technique, used in the movie U-Turn starring Samantha Akkineni. But because the technique is thrown in the background and the foreground succeeded in engaging the audience, that movie worked out at lease with critics. But Kathanam fails to impress the audience for sure. Anasuya should have chosen a genre she can give her best. But this is just not her exact cup of tea.