Film – Anaganaga O Athidhi
Streaming Platform – Aha
Release Date: November 20th, 2020
Cast – Payal Rajput, Chaitanya Krishna, Veena Sunder, Ananda Chakrapani
Story, Screenplay & Direction – Dayal Padmanabhan
Producers – Raja Ramamurthy, Chidambaram Natesan
DOP – Rakesh B
Music Director – Arrol Corelli
Writer – Kaasi Nadimpally
Lyricist – Kalyan Chakravarthi
Art Director – Vithal Kosanam
Editors: Preethi – Babu A Srivastava
Production House: Trend Loud
Payal Rajput and Chaitanya Krishna played the lead roles in the new Telugu movie ‘Anaganaga O Athidhi’ released on Aha today. The award-winning Kannada filmmaker Dayal Padmanabhan is the director of the film. Touted to be the remake of superhit Kannada film Aa Karaala Ratri, the movie marks the debut of Payal Rajput in the digital space! Anaganaga O Athidhi is Chaitanya Krishna’s second OTT release on Aha, after Johar.
Mallika (Payal Rajput) and her family are fed up with how they have been leading life. Their lives are laden with poverty, and one day, a stranger, Srinivas (Chaitanya Krishna), turns up at their home asking for shelter. The rest of the film’s plot is all about how Mallika’s life gets changed with Srinivas’s entry into her life.
Actors & Performances:
Payal Rajput made her debut with the film RX100 and ‘Anaganaga O Athidhi’ is her debut in the OTT space. Payal’s acting is impressive in the role of Mallika. Her character displays multiple traits. Payal got an opportunity to portray multiple emotions in the film. Payal’s scenes with Chaitanya Krishna, especially in the second half, are too good. Chaitanya Krishna essays the lead in the movie, and he puts a decent performance. The rest of the cast is okay.
Anaganaga O Athidhi is the remake of the Kannada film Aa Karaala Ratri that is less known to the Telugu audiences. From the day the project was announced, there is a low buzz around the film. The film’s trailer could hardly evoke any interest in watching the film. The film’s quality reminds us of a TV serial, but it never felt like a movie. Apart from that, the director did not make any changes to the script to suit Telugu audiences’ nativity, which is a minus point for the film. The film tries to explore the greediness that exists in a poor family.
The film starts on an interesting note, but as the story progresses further, the writing falls and tests the patience. The film’s story amazes us on paper but fails to recreate the same after getting translated into a motion picture. The entry of Chaitanya Krishna’s character in the plot generates a special interest. Still, the film begins to test the patience when the family decides to take a stranger’s life. The second half is good compared to the first half, and the climax is a big letdown. The emotional twist failed to elevate the film, and it leaves us with a negative impression of the movie.
Anaganaga O Athidhi gives us a sense of thriller and drama, but the film fails to stick to a single genre. The writing is very flat. The director could not establish a conflict in the film in a convincing manner. To the top of that, the director drives the story in a thrilling mode, which is a drawback. The film takes place in a single location and revolves around limited characters. It gives us a feeling of watching a play but never transport us to their world.
On the whole, Anaganaga O Athidhi is a boring drama that tests our patience.