Review: Abhinetri

Cast: Tamannaah, Prabhu Deva, Sonu Sood, Sapthgiri etc.

Editing: Anthony

Cinematography: Manish Nandan

Music: Sajid-Wajid

Producer: MVV Satyanarayana

Story-Screenplay-Direction: A.L. Vijay

Tamannaah’s much anticipated horror comedy flick Abhinetri has finally hit the screens today. Made as a Telugu-Hindi-Tamil trilingual, this film has Prabhu Deva and Sonu Sood in other lead roles. Here’s the review of the film:


Krishna (Prabhu Deva), who hails from a small village, works in Mumbai. His dream is to marry a modern girl who speaks fluent English. But to his bad luck, he ties knot to a village girl Devi (Tamannaah) under some unavoidable circumstances.

The couple shifts to Mumbai after their marriage. Things go upside down from then onwards and all of a sudden Devi becomes a heroine and acts along with star hero Karan (Sonu Sood). What’s behind the changeover of Devi? What’s the relationship between Devi and Karan? You should watch film to know these answers.


Tamannaah does a good job in the role of Devi. She gave a good variation in both the shades of her character. But what stands out in the whole film is her dance. She has once again proved that she is one of the best dancing heroines in the industry. Prabhu Deva excels with his superb comic timing. It is better if he does act in films more often. Sonu Sood shines but his character doesn’t have much scope in the film. Sapthagiri brings in the comic relief during first half. Rest all were okay.

Thumbs up:

  • Engaging first half
  • Prabhu Deva’s comic timing
  • Tamannaah’s acting and dance

Thumbs down: 

  • Screenpaly
  • Lengthy second half
  • Editing
  • Lack of nativity

Technical and overall analysis:

Director A.L. Vijay has attempted the horror comedy genre for the first time but fails to crate the magic. Though there is comedy in some parts of the film, there is absolute zero percentage of horror or thriller elements in the film. The screenplay is so flat that audience could predict what’s going to happen next in each scene of the film. Music by Sajid Wajid is the main drawback as the entire songs lack nativity and sounds like dubbed from some Punjabi film. Cinematography is good and production values brought the grand look the film.

Though Abhinetri is promoted as a trilingual, it lacks Telugu nativity in all the scenes. During first half, it seems like watching a Tamil film while second half looks like a Bollywood film. This concept is now beaten to death in Telugu film industry and audience here won’t find anything new or noteworthy in this film.

One-line verdict:

Neither scary nor funny

Rating: 2.75/5

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