The Telugu film Aadikeshava is directed by Srikanth N Reddy. Cast includes Panja Vaisshnav Tej, Joju George, Sreeleela, Jayaprakash, Sada, Suman, Radhika Sarathkumar, Aparna Das, Tanikella Bharani.
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There is a strange reassurance in watching certain masala movie tropes. It is the equivalent of comfort food — you like it because you are used to it. That is what makes some of us watch masala movies. Its rhythms are known and identifiable and hence, there is an easy satisfaction on offer.
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Aadikeshava, directed by debutant Srikanth N Reddy, operates on the tried and tested formula of countless masala movies. But it doesn’t offer the contentment of such movies. And that is because it doesn’t attempt anything fresh or original with the formula. The narrative arc has not one original idea as the director lets it all move on automatic pilot. In the event, the film never rises above the ordinary.
Balu (Panja Vaisshnav Tej) is the typical happy-go-lucky hero that Telugu films are strangely fixated with. He has doting parents (Jayaprakash and Radhika), who are constantly advising him to get serious in life. Balu lands a job at a cosmetic company run by Chitra (Sreeleela). After the usual exchanges — again nothing new here — they fall in love and dance with gay abandon.
It is here that the other part of the narrative opens up. There is a past of Balu that is unbeknown even to him. And that involves the characters played by Suman and Aparna Das. Who are they? How are they related to Balu? All the answers lie in the village of Brahmasamudram, which is under the thumb of the evil Chenga Reddy (Joju George). But all the details can be deciphered even before you seek them out. It is that predictable.
Vaisshnav Tej is spirited. But the role is so trite that his enthusiasm can’t salvage it. Sreeleela is glamorous and energetic, but she, too has nothing much to do. The well-known Malayalam actor — a performer known for his gritty roles — makes his Telugu debut. But it is one to forget. He is wasted in a role that has nothing challenging or original in it. It is a cardboard caricature of a character. By the time the climax arrives, you have more or less zoomed out.
The music of GV Prakash is loud, much like the film. The action sequences are over the top, while the emotional moments lack the kick. Aadikeshava is less than average. The film has been delayed for a long time. It shows. Its shelf life seems to have ended when it was in the cans itself.
An engineer-turned-journalist, K Balakumar’s career began in print publications as a sports writer. That also opened doors for other journalistic avenues like films, music, finance, technology and politics, which nobody can escape in India. After 30 yrs in mainstream journalism, now a freelancer for various digital publications.