Kalki movie review
Banner: Shivani, Shivatmika Films
Actors: Rajasekhar, Adah Sharma, Nandia Swetha, Nassar, Ashutosh Rana, Shatru, Rahul Ramakrishna, Charandeep and others.
Music director: Shravan Bharadwaj
Cinematography: Dasaradhi Shivendra
Editing: Goutham Nerusu
Producer: C. Kalyan
Story, screenplay, direction: Prasanth Varma
In the past Rajasekhar gave hit movies like ‘Allari Priyudu’, ‘Aahuthi’ and ‘Aagraham’ but for last 10 to 15 years he has not given a single hit film. After a long time, Rajashekhar came into the form with ‘PSV Garuda Vega’ under the direction of Praveen Sattaru. In that movie Rajasekhar impressed as investigation officer while Praveen Sattaru’s story and screenplay were liked by the audience. Commercially the film achieved good success. After that Rajasekhar has done ‘Kalki’ with Prasanth Varma who impressed all with the movie ‘Awe’. By making ‘Awe’ with a different concept, Prasanth Varma won the heart of the audience. Though commercially the film was not a hit, Prasanth Varma’s direction got a good name. Now Rajasekhar has done ‘Kalki’ movie with Prasanth Varma. From the beginning there is good craze for the movie ‘Kalki’. Similarly, there were expectations from this film. The trailer of ‘Kalki’ created further interest among the audience. Let us see in this review whether Rajasekhar-Prasanth Varma lived up to the expectation of the audience or not.
‘Kalki’ is a fictional story written based on the incidents occurred at Kollapur in Nizam’s dominion after India’s independence. Kollapur province’s military chief Narsappa (Asutosh Rana) colludes with Razakars to backstab the ruler. However, Narsappa’s brother Shekar Babu (Sidhu Jonnalagadda) is known as a good man. Meanwhile, Shekar Babu is brutally killed. He is hanged to the tree and shot dead. IPS officer Kalki (Rajasekhar) comes to the villege to probe his death. What Kalki comes to know during the investigations? Was Shekhar Babu killed by his own brother, seeing his popularity among people. How Kalki solved the murder mystery? This forms the remaining story of ‘Kalki’.
Actors and acting: Rajasekhar suits perfectly for the police role. Roles like Kalki are meant for Rajasekhar. However, attraction was lacking in his acting and the way he was portrayed. Rajasekhar’s age is clearly visible. Adding to this his makeup also looks over. It becomes clear that he is wearing the makeup. Not just this, the glow on Rajashekhar’s face has also faded. He managed action scenes well. Fight near police station and action episode in forest are good. Second half is good compared to the first half. Adha Sharma looks beautiful as doctor. Acting as Rajasekhar’s lover, she did not have much scope. Though Nandita Shweta’s role is key in the movie, she has less screen space. She is seen only in few scenes. After Rajasekhar’s role as ‘Kalki’, the second important character is that of Rahul Ramakrishna who played journalist Dattu. Rahul Ramakrishna acted naturally in this role. Whenever he gets scared, the audience laugh. Rajasekhar and Rahul Ramakrishna are seen in every frame of the movie. Throughout the movie, Rahul is seen with hero. Rahul with his accent and acting made audience laugh in many scenes.
The story written by director Prasanth Varma is very good. Watching the climax, audience will be amazed at the twist. However, the drama and action before the climax frustrate the audience. In the first half there is not a single interesting scene. The story moves very slowly and the love story of Rajasekhar and Adha Sharma add to the irritation. The film touches the pulse of the audience with the story backed by twist and sharp screenplay. Had there been loopholes in the screenplay, the audience would have shown their frustration in theatres. Since there is no story in the first half, scenes look very lengthy. The director used all these scenes to raise the doubts about the murder case. The investigation, however, does not progress further. At the time of interval, the story gathers momentum. The story moves forward to set to rest the doubts expressed in the first half. Compared to first half second half looks okay. Still the story moves slowly. However, pre-climax and climax create excitement. If screenplay was not powerful, the film’s status would have been different.
Technically, music director Shravan Bharadwaj’s music is not attractive. Similarly in background score action scenes, background music looks better than Rajasekhar. Dasaradhi Shivendra’s camera performance is good. The camera work appears to be from 1980s. Art director has also given good output. Action scenes are good. Many scenes were shown rich. There are many loopholes in editing. Production values are in line with the story.
Plus points: Rahul comedy, pre-climax, climax, cinematography, story background, second half.
Minus points: Music, story, script, first half and editing.