Movie Review: Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava

Title: Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava
Banner: Haarika & Hassine Creations
Actors: NTR, Pooja Hegde, Eesha Rebba, Jagapathi Babu, Naga Babu, Sunil and others
Editing: Navin Nooli
Art works: A S Prakash
Fights: Ram-Laxman
Cinematography: P S Vinod
Music: Thaman S S
Producer: S. Radhakrishna (Chinnababu)
Writer-Director: Trivikram Srinivas
Censor Report: U/A
Runtime: 167.30 minutes
Release Date: October 11, 2018
Pre-Release Business: Rs.93 crore

Young tiger NTR’s career is in full swing. Since ‘Temper’ he has been glittering as gold. Four successive hits…even movies with average feedback record huge collections. For a decade, every Telugu film audience was eagerly waiting NTR-Trivikram movie. Their wait has finally come to an end. In the combination of the two ‘Aravinda Sametha’ has been made. Not just NTR’s fans but film circles too were very keen on ‘Aravinda Sametha’. In this movie, NTR is playing Rayalaseema factionist. In this film made with a huge budget, for the first time Pooja Hegde has acted as NTR’s heroine. For this movie made amid huge expectations, Andhra Pradesh government permitted two additional shows, thus further adding to the excitement. This being NTR-Trivikram dream project, the expectations were huge. How is Aravinda made after NTR’s four hits in a row and Trivikram’s huge disaster ‘Agnyaathavaasi’? Everybody has this suspense. ‘Aravinda Sametha’ was released today across the world. For Telugu film industry, Dasara has come a week in advance. Has ‘Aravinda’ lived up to the expectations or not? Let us see in review.


The film begins with a faction fight in Rayalaseema village Kommatti between the factions of Basi Reddy (Jagapathi Babu) and Narapa Reddy (Naga Babu). Narapa Reddy’s son Veera Raghava Reddy returns home after education in London. In the attack by Basi Reddy group to eliminate Veera Raghava Reddy, Narapa Reddy and his followers are killed. Veera Raghava Reddy moves away from this faction fight and goes to city. There Veera Raghava meets Neelambari (Sunil). Meanwhile, Veera Raghava also gets introduced to Aravinda (Pooja Hegde). Does Veera Raghava who dumps factionism, succeeds in his effort to establish peace there? What is that he loses in the factionism? Will he achieve his goals? How his romance with Aravinda ends? You will find answers to all in this movie.

Story analysis

This film runs with the message that those waging war in faction-hit Rayalaseema are not great but those who are trying to end this war are great. In the first 25 minutes the movie begins with suspense. It shows the nature of faction fights in Rayalaseema. When NTR returns from London, his enemies carry out an attack in which NTR’s father Narapa Reddy and his followers are killed. After that the story slows down for nearly half an hour. Initially NTR-Pooja Hegde and Pooja’s father senior Naresh’s comedy with gang which comes for bail is not impressive. There about 15 minutes have been wasted. Subsequently, the story comes back on track and gathers pace. The scenes before interval and interval bang are the highlights. Though the second half starts slowly, later NTR-Pooja scenes, the dialogues between NTR and Rao Ramesh, meeting between NTR and Navin Chandra and the fights are impressive. Trivikram has succeeded in showing a new angle in faction movies. Aravinda is a faction film in Trivikram style. Trivikram made no effort to elevate heroism in NTR. Without allowing heroism to dominate the story, he highlighted characters and the message. Only Trivikram could have shown factionism from the angle of peace.

Analysis of actors

NTR has once again impressed with his settled performance. NTR has been giving settled performances in successive movies. However, it was felt that it would have been better to have some masala. Once NTR bored the audiences with series of mass movies but now he has been giving settled performance. Hence, there is nothing wrong in his diehard mass fans expecting some masala. His acting in this movie is flawless. When you see NTR’s acting in emotional scenes, you will know why he is considered a great actor in the current generation and why he is considered special among young heroes. Characters are highlights of this film. NTR’s acting is the main attraction of the film. It is only NTR who can elevate even the simple scenes with his acting. It would have been impossible for any other actor to do same scenes and connect with the audience. He elevated even average scenes with his acting. He has impressed the audiences once again with his acting.

Other characters

Though heroine Pooja Hegde’s role is limited, she has done her best to do justice. It can be said that her character is not fit to be in the title. Another heroine Eesha Rebba appears in three scenes as the young sister of Pooja. Veteran actor Jagapathi Babu, who acted as villain, has done another memorable role in his career. Navin Chandra, who played Jagapathi Babu’s son, has also got a good a role. Other actors Rao Ramesh, Shubhalekha Sudhakar, Devayani, Sitara and Supriya Pathak have done well their respective roles. Though Sunil made a re-entry as comedian after several years, his role failed to entertain the audience. There was no scope for Sunil’s comedy and even the comedy scenes he did failed to evoke laughter. Srinivas Reddy looked better than Sunil.


All those who worked technically for this film have made good effort. Trivikram;s story, direction and screenplay and more importantly dialogues carry this film. In every scene every dialogue looks like it has come with lot of depth and thinking. Emotionally and in terms of dialogues, ‘Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava’ has lot of depth. P. S. Vinod’s cinematography is colorful. In some scenes, the lighting appeared dim. Thaman’s songs are not attractive. There was no scope for dances. There is nothing new in Ram-Laxman fights but NTR’s style looks new. Rayalaseema’s atmosphere is reflected in A. S. Prakash’s art work. Navin Nooli’s editing did not work in the first half. Comedy scenes in the first half were repeated for two three times and because of this the time was wasted. Chinna Babu’s production value is not that high. The making of this film does not involve such a huge expenditure.

How Trivikram made it

We have so far seen factionism in Rayalaseema from man’s perspective but Trivikram’s message that it should also be seen from a woman’s angle is thought provoking. Trivikram took a good line and though it looked overstretched at many points, it appeared superb. The hero with his dialogues changes the mind of the killer. A person who comes to kill him goes back by asking himself some questions. These dialogues by the hero are the highlight. “If you kill me, your life may be good but if you leave me and goes back to your home, your life will be better”. Such dialogues and scenes win the hearts. The movie appeals to all, especially those who know about factionism. Several filmmakers highlight the need for a change on a particular issue with one or two scenes. But for one change running the entire film and that too without scope for comedy and heroism and without boring the audiences is a Herculean task. Everybody will have emotions in his or her life and when the same is depicted in a film, it will be liked by the audiences. Factionism brings the images of distress and butchery in our mind. But Trivikram has beautifully shown in this film if peace is established there, how it brings a change in their lives.

Pluses (+):

-NTR’s emotional acting
-Second half
-Climax with emotions
-Message oriented faction story
-First 25 minutes of first half

Minuses (-):

-Slow narration
-First half
-Lack of comedy

Trivikram style faction+emotional drama

Telugupost rating: 3.0/5

Subhash Vuyyuru
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