Critic’s Rating: 2.5/5
The love of Vikram’s life is Chitra (Nidhhi Agerwal), an old flame from college who now runs an antique store, filled with nostalgic pieces from the 80s and 90s. After hate-turned-to-love and misunderstandings galore, everything in Vikram’s life seems to be finally in place, except it’s not. Out to ruin him and his family is Arun (Madhavan), the cherubic looking evil incarnate, who thankfully steers clear of cliché by making his girlfriend a target too. When it’s revealed why exactly Arun holds a grudge, it unfortunately comes as a fizzle instead of a bang.
In a tale where both the Savyasachi Vikram-Aditya and his evil counterpart Arun are important, simply not enough time is spent on building the character of the latter. In fact, the whole of the lengthy first half takes its own sweet time to establish the point. Despite the exciting start, proceedings turn slow with more than enough time spent on singing duets, romancing Chitra across two continents, leaning on family sentiment and a flashback establishing his childhood and the vanishing twin syndrome. Despite the few laughs peppered in between, thanks to Vennela Kishore and Shakalaka Shankar, one just powers through waiting for the film to get to the point.
And when it does get to it in the second half, the film still tries too hard to keep Chitra in the fold by injecting a tense narrative with yet another duet out of nowhere. At the end of it all, not enough time is simply spent on the cat and mouse game between Vikram and Arun. Whatever time is spent fails to make it engaging due to the dull narrative and the dynamics between the duo seems to run more on sheer luck than intelligence. An edge-of-the-seat thriller it is not.
What works for the film are the crisp visuals by Yuvaraj, MM Keeravani’s music, and a few fights by Ram-Laxman which extract all the juice of the seemingly superhuman left hand. While Naga Chaitanya struggles with his facial expressions, not bringing the pain through in his blank face when needed, Madhavan aces through his role, despite it being underwritten and hastily explained away. Nidhhi Agerwal and Bhumika do the best with what they’re offered, so do Rao Ramesh and Thagubothu Ramesh.
Watch this one if you’re a Naga Chaitanya or Madhavan fan, but definitely leave your brains at home for this one.