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Karthikeya - Movie Review


Verdict - "Karthikeya is a failed attempt."

I'm a sucker of diverse movies in Tollywood, movie audience are geared up to see a change and they often dearly support significant movies which are worth mentioning. Does Karthikeya fall into that category? Meh!

To summarize the plot of the movie, it revolves around an ancient temple in Subramanyapuram unnerved with many superstitions and irrational beliefs. In a converse world Karthikeya (Nikhil Siddhartha) is a brainy medical student who has the curiosity over baffling mysteries. What happens when an intellectual plucky individual takes on a haunting yet cryptic mystery, narrates the other half of the movie.

The movie has a great potential here. It can be dark, mysterious and also amorous and charming at the same time, but the movie poorly failed in all these aspects. Why? Should the director Chandoo Mondeti take the blame? Probably yes!

Let me put in plain words here, if I can just judge the movie by it's plot and trailers, I completely thought that there's something interesting going on in the movie and my expectations are pretty high. But what hauled me out of the movie is the part to part screenplay. It just felt like I'm watching various scenes attached together without an adhesive technique, I'm impassive about the movie from it's start.

Also about the appalling climax of the movie, it was abrupt and impulsive. After a scrawny set up, the film still has the ability to explain the twists well by taking some good amount of screen time. Sure! I'm surprised with the startling loop of the movie, but did it pay off really well? No!

Nikhil Siddhartha's performance was decent, he didn't really play a massive character, his one of a kind persona was something we've seen before and he does a great job with whatever he's been requested to do. Swathi's character has no scope, she felt like a forced misfit in the movie and I didn't feel her alluring screen presence in the movie. Also a big shoutout to the two comedians Sathya and Praveen for their amusing performances, a saving grace indeed!

Nevertheless, I'l atleast give some appreciation to the whole crew for trying something unorthodox and varied. But the movie was ruined by it's frail screenplay and mediocre direction. I recommend you to skip this movie without wavering your mind.

My Rating - 1.5/5
Grade - D+ (Hangover!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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