An actor who delivers powerful dialogues with ease and a writer turned director who pens hard-hitting dialogues – ‘Aravindha Sametha’ marks the first combination of two such persons, Jr NTR and Trivikram.
Set in the faction backdrop of Rayalaseema, the movie questions faction violence. In times where we are witnessing a spate of revenge and honour killings, the plot revolves around the thought – ‘thaggithe thappenti?’ (what’s wrong in taking a step back), stressing the need to put an end to violence by settling issues amicably.
Two villages and two warring groups, one led by Basireddy (Jagapathi Babu) and the other by Narapareddy (Naga Babu), who are always at loggerheads due to violence started decades back by Basireddy for a mere Rs.5, forms the premise of the film. Veera Raghava Reddy (Jr NTR), son of Narapareddy returns after 12 years from London to his village and on the way, his convoy is attacked by Basireddy’s men, with Narapareddy dying in the attack.
Will Veera Raghava avenge his father’s death or will he seek an alternative solution to the raging issue is what the story from there is all about. And in between comes in Aravindha (Pooja Hegde), and how she, after his grandmother, becomes one of the most influential persons in his life, shapes up the drama well.
The 167-minute-long movie presents an authentic taste of the Rayalaseema dialect, probably making it one of the few films to use the dialect for an entire length.
‘Aravindha Sametha’ is also a film of comebacks. Jr NTR is back to his forte of high octane action films and he again proves why he is among the lot of best actors in this generation. Trivikram, after ‘Agnyaathavasi’ earlier this year and arguably weak writing in a few films, is back strongly by putting focus on his pen while comedian-turned-hero, Sunil too is back with a strong character. The return of faction-based movies that ruled the roost in Tollywood in early 2000s is also another comeback.
The director does not try to fit in entertainment for the sake of it, but makes sure the emotional drama is not disturbed at any point. However, with the story being faction violence, one has to cope with a high dose of violence and flying bodies.
In short, ‘Aravindha Sametha’ is Trivikram’s way of dealing with factionism by pouring old wine into a new bottle. It is driven by strong emotions and less entertainment without much deviation from what the story tries to convey – ‘thaggithe thappenti?’.
Jagapathi Babu comes up with yet another fine performance while Supriya Pathak, Rao Ramesh, Naveen Chandra, Naresh, Eesha Rabba, Devayani, Shubalekha Sudhakar etc have a decent screen presence. Thaman’s background music too is worth a mention in this intensely emotional drama.