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Anthariksham Movie Review

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Sankalp Reddy of Ghazi came up with a different subject that involves Space exploration. This is the first Space movie in Telugu with a promising cast like Varun Tej and Aditi Rao Hydari. Is it any good though?

Story:

Dev (Varun Tej) is a scientist at ISRO who designed Vibrayan mission to Moon from India. He is ambitious and can’t digest failure. His stubbornness becomes arrogant at times and his love Parvathi (Lavanya Tripathi) dies in an accident that is caused by Dev.

Why did Dev cause the accident? How is Riya (Aditi Rao Hydari) connected to all this? Can the failed mission be retrieved? Watch the movie to know the answers …

Performances:

Varun Tej as an actor is back to being too confused or over focused. He doesn’t come across as the confident, manipulative and stubborn individual with his own charm. He more meanders around being boring and confused.

Aditi Rao Hydari seems like a devotee to Varun’s character than a confident young woman who did some mistakes. She comes across as confused as the director himself. Avasarala Srinivas and Rahman are good.

Satya Dev, Lavanya Tripathi and others are just there to fill up the screen.

Technicalities:

Gnanasekhar as a cinematographer contributed his best but he couldn’t really imagine a moon and earth based lighting convincingly.

Prashanth Vihari’s BGM is more like a cross between Inception score and Interstellar score by Hans Zimmer.

Karthika Srinivas as an editor tried to cut the movie as coherently as he can. But he couldn’t delete the lengthy scenes that needed a lot of trimming.

Sankalp springs in a surprise yet again by pulling off something that was considered ‘unimaginable’ for a Telugu filmmaker. He not only has a strong science background but also has done enough research on satellite missions and astronauts. Despite his efforts to offer something different from usual, Sankalp didn’t put enough thought into developing his script. This is definitely a laudable attempt, but not anywhere close to what Ghazi has accomplished as a film.

Positives:

Attempting Space backdrop never attempted before

Performances of senior actors

Negatives:

Back ground score

Slow narration

Too much cinematic liberty

Analysis:

Antariksham is a rare film that leaves the audience with mixed feelings. It is underwhelming as a film, but still seems satisfactory for being unique and standing out of the crowd. It is pretty evident that Director Sankalp Reddy doesn’t want to make regular films. He has once again impressed with his choice of genre after an impressive Ghazi. Sankalp not only has the guts to explore the new genres but also has enough knowledge and talent to pull them off.

He has done a decent job in making a satisfactory space film, but should have worked on a better plot. The story is very unconvincing and unrealistic at times. Too much cinematic liberty leads to scenes that are totally unbelievable. He has once again shot the film in a cramped up space like Ghazi and was able to create absorbing drama at times. You may watch it for one of a kind experience, this could have been much better.

Rating: 2.75/5