Movie Review: Agnyaathavasi
Fans expect fireworks when Pawan Kalyan and Trivikram team up. Even the trade expected the film to be nothing short of a blockbuster. While everyone blindly believed that nothing can wrong with this combination, Trivikram had other plans. He has delivered the weakest film of his career and Agnyaathavasi should now bank upon Pawan’s craze and the festive season to stay afloat.
A business tycoon Govinda Bhargav (Boman Irani) is killed and his son in exile, Abhishikth Bhargav (Pawan) comes to know who is behind it. He enters his office as an employee and executes his plan to unfold the secret. AB finds the real culprit behind the crime but before he avenges his father’s death, he has to prove to the world that he is the true heir of Vinda.
Pawan Kalyan is in his elements. He did his best to keep the spirits alive and in fact he has gone overboard at times as there is literally no content in many scenes. Also he is not at his best in terms of looks and fitness. He looked jaded and old in many frames. The energy is clearly missing. Keerthy Suresh and Anu Emanuel had nothing to do except for going gaga over the hero’s character for no apparent reason. Kushboo looks dignified as Pawan’s stepmother but her character is underdeveloped like many other characters in the film. Rao Ramesh and Murali Sharma added a bit of humor to the proceedings as Sharma-Varma. Boman Irani’s talent is criminally wasted. Aadhi Pinisetty makes an impression with his stylish looks. Tanikella Bharani got one of the meaty roles compared to many other noted actors.
It is pretty evident that Trivikram tried to make something in the lines of Attarintiki Daredi. Agnyaathavasi screenplay follows similar pattern but it is not a family drama like Attarintiki Daredi. The film’s basic plot is borrowed from French action thriller Largo Winch where the son is after the villains who had killed his father. A plot like Largo Winch demands a racy screenplay with lots of action and thrills.
Trivikram tried to give his brand of humorous treatment to Largo Winch’s plot and it turned out to be a terrible idea. Initial setup looks promising but the film loses fizzle in no time. Screenplay takes a nosedive immediately after the protagonist takes the humorous route. The scene from the protagonist entering the office as a regular employee to his connection with the heroines, everything seems farcical and looks like the director is desperately trying to make the comedy work.