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Antariksham 9000 KMPH - Honest Movie Review

Taking a chance and directing one of the most enthralling and diverse movies of last year in 'The Ghazi Attack', Sankalp Reddy's new directorial venture, Antariksham 9000 KMPH, is Tollywood's first sci-fi space film and stars Varun Tej and Aditi Rao Hydari in the lead roles and is touted as one of the most ambitious (Telugu) project in recent times.

Verdict - Riveting!

The storyline of the film involves an unresponsive and soon-to-be-crashed (Indian) satellite (Mihira) slowly declining in its trajectory and requires manual intervention to avoid the thunderclap. Indian Space Center (ISRO in real-life) requests their former astronaut/expert Dev (Varun Tej) to involve and save them from a disaster. Sooner than later, they realise that Dev is a  tough-nut-to-crack because of his past experiences with the organisation and he might not be interested in assisting.

For any (or at least, most of them) film with a set-goal, the end result will most definitely see the 'good guy' or in this film's case, the 'hero' coming out on top and saving the world. It's the usual trope that every Superhero film falls into, Antariksham doesn't let go of that attribute as the story is pretty much predictable for the most part. But, notorious for his sterling screenwriting ability (demonstrated in 'Ghazi'), Sankalp keeps the movie interesting by changing things, taking detours and adding edginess to the script when needed. Although labouring under overly-dramatised scenes and long dialogue at crucial times, the film keeps the significant tension intact and uses it to create a captivating atmosphere around that most of the Telugu films abstain from.

Additionally, the film also delivers with reference to emotional moments between the well-established characters. They're combined and portrayed well when needed and genuinely gathered the poignant expressions rather than manipulating them for no particular reason. More on the positive side of things, the performances from the entire cast complimented excessively with the engaging characters as everyone involved worked splendidly with the different range of emotions that their characters had to offer in various sequences.

Furthermore, Sankalp also deserves some special appreciation here for investing his time, researching and executing a technically sound movie which involves more scientific terms rather than magic and believable production sets rather than hi-tech extraterrestrial technology. On the other hand, the visuals are predominantly impressive, and the camera-work by Gnanasekhar V.S felt immersive especially with wide and the steady-cam shots. Prashanth R. Vihari's music (songs) and background score can be noticed as the backbone of the film as it accommodated flawlessly within the narrative and didn't feel like a distraction.

Overall, Antariksham 9000 KMPH is Tollywood and Sankalp's courageous attempt to diversify and tell great stories in different genres which are left unexplored. Although the film has its own flaws, it still dispenses the plot with riveting and emotional moments and constructs an entertaining two-hour nail-biter worth watching on the big screen.

Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B

-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal
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