Acharya Review: With Koratala Siva’s one expects the best, but the megastar movie hype fell short of all the expectations . While the four movie old director Siva has carved a niche for himself with his ability to churn out interesting screenplays, this movie anticipation was creating a new benchmark which it failed to do so. The movie opened to mixed reviews.
So what was missing in Acharya? The story of Acharya deserved fresh elements and drift away from the old way of story telling. The film lacked the high pitch, which could have made Megastar fans savor the movie and make it more interesting.
The anticipation from Koratala Siva’s Acharya, which brought together father-son duo Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan was huge, with pre-release buzz on a high. Following the success of RRR and KGF Chapter 2, one expected this movie to create a bigger benchmark in pan Indian movies.
The Acharya Story: Dharmasthali, Siddhavanam and Padaghattam are three villages which are interlinked by values and faith systems. However, the temple town of Dharmasthali is suffering at the hands of Basava (Sonu Sood). Because of his tyrannical rule, the people of Padaghattam, who are known for their Ayurvedic way of living, do not visit Dharmasthali as often as they would. It is now in the hands of Acharya (Chiranjeevi) to free Dharmasthali and Padaghattam from Basava and other villains. How Sidha is (Ram Charan) connected to Padaghattam and what happens to him forms the rest of the story.
Given Chiranjeevi stature he should have got much super introduction and everything fell short of all the pre release hype.
Only few moments which made the audience cheer for their heroes. Be it the Banjara song in the second half or Ram Charan’s introduction scene, we can count the scenes which made people go wow. The rest of the story is so bland that you start to question whether you came to a Koratala Siva film or booked tickets for a different flick.
Acharya Review: To watch or not to watch
Chiranjeevi’s Acharya and Ram Charan’s Siddha are fighting for a cause. Siddha wants Acharya to carry on with the mission even if something happens to him. Now, this is a perfect setup for emotionally-charged sequences. However, you feel nothing, even during an important moment before the climax. There are no memorable mass moments that could have elevated this done-to-death story.
Chiranjeevi’s aura and his energy brought life to his character Acharya. Similarly, Ram Charan as Siddha is a revelation to watch. Their combination sequences, especially the scene in which they make fun of the villains while killing them, were interesting to watch. However, there’s only so much that Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan can do to salvage this mess.
Pooja Hegde as Neelambari came as a breath of fresh air and her chemistry with Ram Charan was refreshing to watch. Sonu Sood, Jisshu Sengupta, Tanikella Bharani and the supporting cast delivered decent performances.
Mani Sharma’s songs were peppy, but the background score did not enhance any scene. Cinematographer Tirru and editor Naveen Nooli’s work complemented the film well.
Even Baahubali actress Anushka Shetty’s reported cameo in Acharya, has left the fans eager to watch the film. The film’s intriguing trailers too generated positive buzz and the moviegoers and fans have been looking forward to watching the action entertainer.
Acharya lacked innovativeness and a fresh approach and we expected Megastar Chiranjeevi movie to set a new benchmark in mass entertainment. But alas, it went missing.