Movie Review: Aatagallu

RATING: 2.5/5

OVERVIEW: Popular cinema director Siddharth’s wife Anjali dies under suspicious circumstances. Initial suspect is siddharth, but later a carpenter gets arrested in the case. As the investigation further proceeds, mind game triggers between the public prosecutor Veerendra and the director. Rest of the story reveals how Siddharth’s wife is introduced to him, how she dies, who is the real culprit? Etc. details

REVIEW: Nara Rohith’s character has dual shadese, he tries his best to be convincing as an image conscious director and as a menacing suspect. Jagapathi Babu has donned a public prosecutor character which has no highlights to mention. Brahmanandam comedy doesn’t work yet another time. Model turned heroine Darshana looks okay but appears too tiny opposite Nara Rohith.

Aatagallu’ is yet another slow paced film that are being flooded Tollywood lately. Right from the word go, audience feel boring in seats as the proceedings are disengaged. The supposed mind game between veerendra, Siddharth turns to be damp squib as there isn’t any smart writing involved.

First half takes time in explaining Anjali, Siddarth love and marriage. Second half is more into investigation of Anjali murder and change of suspects. Supporting characters are of B-Grade.

As the core elements lack any commercial suitability, this film tests patience. Jagapathi babu role builds up initialy as a smart, committed one but as it progresses doesn’t appear with initial zeal. The cinematography by Vijay C Kumar is impressive. He has maintained a perfect tone and color pattern for the film. He impressed with his visuals. The dialogues by Chiranjeevi are good. The fights by Sri are composed well, and Prem Rakshith also came up with decent dance choreography. Sai Karthik’s music is okay, and his background score has come out well. The editing is good and decent. The production values are grand.

Paruchuri Murali came up with an interesting story but the screenplay he designed for the film is not so impressive. The dialogues are good but appeared loud in some scenes.

Final verdict of the film is Aatagallu is an interesting courtroom drama that has got the potential to keep the audiences hooked to the plot. Even though, the director designed an interesting plot for the film, he failed in executing the same with some impressive screenplay. On the whole, except for the performances from Rohith and Jagapathi Babu, there is nothing so great about the film.