Anushka Shetty after a gap of eight months released her thriller film, Bhaagamathie. Last year, she started off with different films until we saw her at the heights of her powers in Baahubali-2 as Devasena. From then on, her fans have been waiting for her next movie, Bhaagamathie. After several delays, the movie released on Republic Day, today. Let's, see how the movie is.
Chenchela (Anushka Shetty) is an IAS officer who is arrested for killing her own finance, Shakti (Unni Mukundan). His brother IAS officer, Sampath (Murali Sharma) wants justice for him.
On the other hand, Eeshwar Prasad (Jayaram) is one of the most powerful politicians who is known as the most nicest and honest. But his political opponents decide to malign him with the theft of antique sculptures and God relics. Vaishnavi (Asha Sarath), CBI officer is recruited to do the job. So, she house arrests Chenchela in an old building in the forest. That building has a legend that a ghost named Bhaagamathie is living in that building and it belongs to her, when she was alive. What happens next? You have to watch the movie on screen...
Anushka Shetty is in her element in this movie. The actress reduced considerable amount of weight and looked very pretty in this movie. Also, as Bhaagamathie she looked really royal. She did her best to hold the movie together and had enough space to show off her versatility.
Jayaram is a renowned legendary actor in Malayalam and he did a great job as Minister in this movie. Unni Mukundan also gave a good performance as Shakthi. Asha Sarath looked really regal as CBI officer but her dialogue delivery was a bit off here and there.
Murali Sharma got a good role and he did an apt job too. Dhanraj, Prabhas Sreenu and Vidhyulekha Raman also gave comic support to the proceedings.
Madhie, the Cinematographer of the movie did a great job. The visuals in the movie are top notch and the wide shots in the movie are a treat. The complex shot composition in the movie is a huge difference between a normal movie and a well-executed one. Mainly, in the first hour the way he set up the story and the bungalow as a character as well.
Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao did a fine job here by not letting the scenes to drag on and on. With different perspective shots and careful clues, he did a good job. But, in the second half at few places the shot selection did not live upto the expectations. Few scenes seem to have been assembled in a hurry at times in the second hour.
Music composer by SS Thaman is good. Mainly, the Back Ground score is a the big highlight. He used the different versions of same soundtrack but it really enhanced the scenes and gave required depth to the scenes.
Director, G.Ashok wrote a good screenplay to a routine story. The major highlight of this movie is his gripping screenplay and the way, he uses each and every scene to build up to the ultimate twist in the movie. He carefully misdirects the audience in each and every scene to keep us hooked. Even though the elements in the story are predictable, the strong support from the technicians makes the movie stand out from the routine horror thrillers.
Cinematography, the visuals are really good.
Back Ground score
Few scenes drag on in the second hour
Some very silly logical flaws in few scenes.
The movie has a very good premise and the writing at times even though feels flat, it holds the movie well till the final frame. There is a high predictability in the story but Ashok carefully negates through the logical flaws and the good support from technical department helps the movie to stand out from other such horror films. On the whole, the movie is a good fun one-time watch for the weekend.