‘Living in a bubble’ is usually associated with people playing sports. It won’t be far-fetched to use it in association with movie stars as well. Being stuck in an image conundrum is nothing but ‘living in a bubble’. Every star has fallen prey to it. Once there’s an image made in the film industry, it’s very difficult to alter/ go against it. Ask Ravi Teja. Ask Chiranjeevi. Ask Brahmanandam – In Amma, he gets to know that his mother passed away while he is in the middle of enacting a drama for kids at a radio station. That passage is a masterclass in acting. It released in 1991. I don’t know if Brahmanandam has come close to doing such roles again.
In ‘Kshanam’, the director takes a few actors with established images and gives them a makeover. The actors don’t disappoint the director. Poor Ravi Varma misses out though. He gets cast in a role which we are used to seeing him in. That’s a minor blip on the radar though.
Screenwriting by a protagonist isn’t unheard of. A few top heroes bit the bait and suffered. Rajinikanth, Pawan Kalyan, NT Rama Rao and a few others have tried their hand at writing and suffered. Probably they had their image in mind while writing, but Sesh Adivi doesn’t suffer from such hang ups. He goes ahead and writes a script that gives prominence to every actor in the movie.
In South Indian movies, thriller genre is making a comeback. Last year there was a movie, in Kannada, Rangitharanga, which released alongside Baahubali. The movie was a huge success and had an established star (performer) to depend on.
In Kshanam, the actors have to depend on the script as their images are flipped over. And how they deliver!
There was a time when thriller as a genre was inseparable from horror. The horror movies probably allowed the directors a guilt trip to satiate the carnal desires. To come from such a setting to what we see now is a huge achievement. There are still some stereotypes though; Background music going from silence to huge noise when a scary scene is around the corner, a background music with rock inclination when the hero unravels the suspense. Well, Kshanam falls prey to the latter.
The movie doesn’t come without pitfalls. It has some inconsistencies that are overlooked because of what’s good in the movie.
Adivi Sesh and the director do a good job of keeping the story simple. The ebb and flow in the movie is understood by one and all. But for the denouement, the background music in the movie is top notch. There is no playing to the galleries. They stick to the story and deliver a solid product. The cinematography is superb. Some of the shots in Vizag are brilliant.
The dialogues, especially in the flashback, are very good and help us in understanding the characters well.
Adah Sharma and Ravi Varma play the two characters whose roles are not etched well. Vennela Kishore and Satyam Rajesh deliver powerhouse performances. Anasuya and Satyadev also perform well.
The comic angle with Reddy is good. Not giving him a face is a masterstroke
Verdict : A good movie in the genre, in Telugu, after a long time.
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