Cast- Vijay Antony, Arundhathi Nair, Meena Krishnan
Direction : Pradeep Krishnamoorthy
Production : Fathima Vijay Antony
Music Director : Vijay Antony
Cinematographer : Pradeep Kalipurayath
Editor : Veera Senthil
Banner : Vijay Antony Film Corporation
Vijay Antony became a household name with the stupendous success of the film Bichagadu. His next film, Bhetaludu raised quite a stir in the industry with its unique concept and a gripping trailer. Billed as a psychological thriller, the film is a novel attempt in Telugu cinema. A Pradeep Krishnamoorthy directorial, the film stars Arundhati Nair as the female lead. The film released today worldwide and read along to see if Vijay continued his super success streak with this film too!
The film is a psychological thriller and is inspired from the book Aa written by the late writer Sujatha Rangarajan. The movie opens up with Dinesh (Vijay) as a software engineer who sees a hypnotherapist and confesses about killing his friend. The movie revolves about Dinesh searching for a mysterious woman named Jayalakshmi. As his encounter with the hypnotherapist opens up about his past and present, he oscillates between the two and experiences auditory hallucination. Arundhati Nair plays the role of his wife and is seen in different characters and the film has multiple twists to it. Who is Jayalakshmi and what does Dinesh know about his previous life forms the crux of the story.
Vijay Antony is undoubedtedly the soul of the film. The actor turned music director definitely scored it high with this film where he exhibits finest of the acting skills. He could carry the entire movie on his shoulders with an engaging expressions and dialogues. He excelled acting in the role of a software engineer and as a saitan. Arundhati Nair is another soulful addition to the film and exhibited good performance through her acting. The rest of the cast, Charuhasan, Meera Krishnan and others have done good justice to their respective roles in the film.
The film makers should be appreciated for believing in its novelty. The first half of the film is superbly intriguing and had all the necessary elements of shock, surprise, and twists to it. The engaging screenplay is a solid plus to the movie. The visuals are stunning in the film. The music by Vijay Antony is worth applauding, with quite terrific background score, that matches pace with the film’s twists and seriousness. However, a rather slow narration may prove as the spoil sport, dragging down the overall interest level of the audience. Such a racy plot and fierce acting needs to be complimented with an even better narration. The movie experiences lag in the last few minutes and climax isn’t altogether convincing enough.
Interval twist and Pre climax
Rold Gold (-)
On the whole, Bhetaludu is an appreciable attempt on screen with ferocious acting by Vijay backed by a strong plot. An attempt that surely deserves an applause. Although, the movie on the whole gives leaves more or less an average impact on the audience. Watch the film with no expectations and you will be amazed.
Goldscreen rating- 2.5/5
An Engaging Thriller!