What comes to your mind when you think of a hyper mass movie that is full of super massy scenes? I don’t need to make a wild guess to know it is ‘Tollywood’, but the first thing that hit my mind was N. T. Rama Rao Jr. Our very own young tiger is known for his action flicks around the world, especially among the Telugu audience. Despite being a regional star, Jr. NTR is very popular among the North Indians too for his larger than life movies.
But all this changed when Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava hit the theatres. The movie not only managed to pull in some great reviews from the movie critics but also left the Telugu audience slack-jawed. Sitting on the edge of the seat as the movie was nearing the end, I knew one thing for sure that this movie will do wonders not only among the Jr. NTR fans but also general audience.
So, I’m going to give a couple of reasons as to what separates Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava from other Jr. NTR movies.
- The Storyline - Before I get started with what makes it different, let me first give you a little gander into Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava. Veera Raghava Reddy runs away after his father is murdered to stop the factionalism that has been prevailing for 30 years in his village. The central conflict of the movie itself is very different from any other movie that Jr. NTR has been a part of and the fans couldn’t be any happier. Here, the protagonist, Raghava (Jr. NTR) wants to stop the factionalism prevalent in his region without shedding any blood which kind of contradicts the popular factionism movie narrative in Telugu.
- The aftermath of factionalism - While a lot of Telugu movies have already covered factionalism, they failed to show one thing that became one of the selling factors of Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava and that is the ‘aftermath of factionalism’. With many deaths being attributed to factionalism in his region, the protagonist Raghava is compelled to think about the consequences of factionism through the course of the movie.
- The dialogues: There is a reason why Times Of India called it an emotional drama disguised as a commercial movie, and that is because of the writer, Trivikram Srinivas. Rightly referred to as‘Guruji’ by fans, his philosophical perspective is evident in the thought-provoking dialogues of Aravinda Sametha too. In the process, Trivikram has set a new benchmark for the future action flicks to come in Telugu.
- Pooja Hegde as Aravinda: Of all the characters that played a huge role in the movie, it was Aravinda played by Pooja Hegde that stole the show. While many complain about actresses being mere props to sell more tickets, Trivikram makes Pooja’s character Aravinda the voice of reason in Raghava’s life. By presenting such a powerful role, Pooja and Trivikram are sure to inspire female portrayals in future Telugu movies.
These pointers are like the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cinematic experience that Aravinda Sametha provides. So, if you are looking to watch a Telugu movie with some food for thought, I would definitely recommend you to check out Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava on ZEE5.