Agyaat (Adavi in Telugu) is an adventure thriller and not exactly a supernatural or horror film released simultaneously in Hindi and Telugu.
A film unit goes into a deep jungle to shoot a film. They stay at a place whose houdekeeper is Sethu (Joy Fernandes). The film unit consists of producer Murthy (Ishrat Ali), director (Howard Rosemeyer), hero (Gautam Rode), heroine (Priyanka Kothari), cinematographer (Kali Prasad Mukherjee), action director (Ravi Kale), spot boy and assistant director (Nitin).
There are some spoofs on film making with the hero playing tantrums and the producer trying to wrap up the film as fast as possible. As the schedule is about to end, the camera stops functioning and it will take a couple of days to
take it to town repair it and bring it back to resume shooting.
So it is two days pack off time for the entire unit who take a trip into the forest with the help of Sethu who knows the jungle well. Very soon tragedy strikes, when Sethu is found killed. The rest of the unit do not know the way out and start wandering about.
One by one, some of the unit members get killed. Assistant director (Nitin) takes the lead in solving the mystery. As this film is a thriller, the climax cannot be disclosed here and has to be seen on screen.
With an 8-pack abs Nitin looks well and also gives a good performance. Priyanka Kothari adds the necessary glamour to the proceedings. Goutham Rode, Ishrat Ali, Ravi Kale, Rasika Duggal, Ishteyak Khan and Howard Rosemeyer acquit themselves well in their roles.
Ram Gopal Varma comes with a new genre of adventure thriller with this film and through clever screenplay and presentation makes it interesting. cinematography by Surjodeep Ghosh is very good and befitting an adventure saga in the jungle. Sound design by Dwarak Warrier and background score of Amar Mohile are of world standards and enhance the thrill aspect of the narration. Music score by Bapi-Tutul is adequate.
Agyaat (Adavi) is a new attempt in Indian cinema with good technical values and this genre, never made before in India, will appeal to all the thriller cinema buffs and the multi-plex crowd. The mainstream audience may not relish the film as an entertainer, but it can be seen for the visual vibrancy of narration.
The Cast and Crew
Nithin, Priyanka Kothari, Goutham Rode, Ishrat Ali, Ravi Kale, Rasika Duggal, Ishteyak Khan, Howard Rosemeyer and others
Background: Amar Mohile
Sound Design : Dwarak Warrier
Music: Bapi-Tutul, Imran
Cinematography: Surjodeep Ghosh
Producers: Ronnie Screwala and Ram Gopal Varma
Banner: UTV Motion Pictures
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
2.25 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar