The Cast and Crew
Anushka, Sonu Sood, Sayaji Shinde, Manorama, Satyanarayana, Deepak, Subhashini, Ahuti Prasad, Chalapathi Rao, Annapoorna and others
Cinematography: K K Senthil Kumaran
Visual SFX: Rahul K Nambiar
Story & Screenplay: Mallemala unit
Director: Kodi Ramakrishna
Producer: D Shyamprasad Reddy
Banner: Mallemala Entertainments
Arundhathi is a finely tuned story with a refined style of narration and neatly packaged with chills and thrills.
During the 1920s, Jejamma (Anushka) happens to be the daughter of the ruler of Gadwal and she is an epitome of virtue, humanism and compassion. She takes care of her subjects with utmost care and concern.
Pasupathy (Sonu Sood), husband of Jejamma’s sister, is a cruel character, who goes on exploiting the women folk and ravaging them with bestial rape. He even rapes and kills Jejamma’s blind dance teacher, which is the last straw for the patience of Jejamma. Pasupathi is beaten by the people and dragged by a horse into the forest.
The people and the rulers assume the end of him. However, he is saved by Aghora tantriks who teach him the secrets of sorcery.
When the black magician turned Pasupathi tries to sexually assault Jejamma, he is trapped and buried alive.
Jejamma takes a rebirth in the same family after four generations and named Arundhathi (Anushka). At the time of her marriage, the evil spirit of Pasupathi comes out of the shackles and starts terrorizing Arundhathi.
The rest of the story deals with how Arundhathi decimates the evil spirit of Pasupathi with the help of a fakir (Sayaji Shinde).
Anushka has given her finest performance to date. She is outstanding in showing the subtle personality differences between the characters Jejamma and Arundhathi. She deserves a National Award for her performance. Sonu Sood has given an extraordinary performance as the manifestation of evil. Sayaji Shinde is thoroughly convincing and credible in his role of fakir. Manorama and Satyanarayana deliver memorable performances.
Mallemala unit has come out with a credible story laced with gripping narration. The screenplay swinging between the past and present is very well written. With this film Kodi Ramakrishna seems to have regained his mastery over the celluloid medium. Editing and audiography are of high quality. Special visual effects enhance the narration flow. Lyrics and music are in sync with the various
moods of the film.
Arundhathi has all the trimmings to become a cult film in the genre of thrillers. With gripping narration and properly delineated characters, the film completely gains the attention of the audience in spite of the undercurrent of the fad of sorcery and evil magic.
The film is worth viewing for the scintillating performance of Anushka
3.75 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar