Edge-of-the-seat thrillers are not easy to make. Such successful projects do not happen just with a good script or deft direction, but calls for excellence on the part of all those associated, from acting to background composition to light and shades.
Said to be the first Tollywood film to be shot completely in 4K digital format, Anushka’s ‘Bhaagamathie’ hit the screen amid high expectations among fans and a buzz at the box office.
The movie seamlessly uses different genres, mixes well the horror theme that not just scares you, but as a thriller keeps nudging you to the edge of your seat.
To start with, the story has different sub-plots placed at different layers and revolves around an IAS officer Chanchala (Anushka), secretary to an honest union minister (Jayaram) who ends up in prison on murder charges. On the other hand, priceless ancient sculptures are stolen from a temple which results in the resignation of the minister.
Investigation agency officials take Chanchala to a haunted ‘Bhaagamathie Bungalow’ for interrogation where things start to spiral out. Rest of the movie is what and why of it.
Director G Ashok adopts a different approach and aided by an impressive screenplay embeds the first half with spine-chilling situations and in the second half, the movie picks up elements of a thriller. Unexpected twists and turns are effectively used to propel the momentum further.
Thaman supports the movie with good background score.
Anushka’s performance attains twin dimensions, as an IAS officer and then as Bhaagamathie to leave the audience mesmerised. Jayaram, Unni Mukundan and Murli Sharma do their usual best before the camera while the comedy track comes in the form of Dhanraj, Prabhas Sreenu and Vidyullekha Raman.
Some top notch production values are another plus for ‘Bhaagamathie’.