Banner: AK Entertainments
Cast: Sharwanand, Siddharth, Aditi Rao Hydari, Anu Emmanuel, Jagapathi Babu, Rao Ramesh, ‘Garuda’ Ram and others
Music: Chaitan Bharadwaj
Cinematography: Raj Thota
Editor: Praveen KL
art: Kolla Avinash
Producer: Sunkara Ramabrahmam
Written and directed: Ajay Bhupathic
Date of publication: October 14, 2021
“RX 100” was a runaway hit and the film established the careers of Ajay Bhupathi, Kartikeya and Payal Rajput. Ajay Bhupati has taken a long time to direct his second film.
“Maha Samudram”, Ajay’s second film, is here. The trailers of the film captivated the audience. The film generated a huge buzz before its release.
Let’s see if it lives up to expectations.
This is a saga of two friends, the story takes place in Vizag. Arjun (Sharwanand) and Vijay (Siddharth) are good friends. Vijay wants to become a police officer, but an incident changes the course of his life.
Maha (Adithi) is Vijay’s love interest. Smitha (Anu) comes across Arjun’s life.
Unexpectedly, a tiff takes place between don Dhanunjay (Garuda Ram) and Vijay in the port of Vizag. Dhanunjay is the brother of Gooni Babji (Rao Ramesh). A situation forces Vijay to leave town and fall into oblivion. Chunchu (Jagapathi Babu) orders Arjun to confront Gooni Babji.
What happens next is the story.
Performances by artists:
The performances of all the protagonists are remarkable. Sharwanand has shown a lot of maturity in portraying the character who carries the emotional burden. He also has some good lines.
Siddharth, who has returned to Telugu films after an eight-year hiatus, is playing a role he has not played in Telugu cinema before. He convincingly portrays negative shades.
Aditi Rao as Maha, a woman caught between two friends, plays the passive role in her usual style.
Anu Emmanuel as Sharwanand’s girlfriend is treated like a curry leaf, which adds nothing to the story.
Rao Ramesh as Gooni Babji and Jagapathi Babu as Chunchu shine in their roles with unique characterizations and mannerisms.
Chaitan Bharadwaj’s music is a huge disappointment, but his work lacks catchy tracks like “Pilla Raa” which he had provided for “RX100”. ‘
Arjun Reddy’s fame Raj Thota’s camera work is brilliant. Of all the technicians, he does an exceptional job. He managed to capture the intense moments well.
Not a high moment
Cliché and predictable closing moments
“Maha Samudram” is a template story of “friends became enemies” in the background of Vizag harbor. But director Ajay Bhupathi starts the movie interestingly from halfway through the story.
Instead of jumping into the plot and conflict, Ajay Bhupathi introduces various characters – Sharwanand, Siddharth, Anu Emmanuel, Aditi Rao, Aditi Rao’s father, Jagapathi Babu, Rao Ramesh, etc. The director has written interesting characterizations for the lead roles.
Although it takes him nearly an hour to establish the main plot, the characterizations and story intrigue us and keep us glued to the screen for most of the first half. However, once it becomes clear that the film is turning into a clichéd plot of friends turned enemies, our interest also begins to fade. Even before the film breaks, the captivating story is worked out.
Understandably, Siddharth leaves the city of Vizag to hide from the crooks. But how come in the four years that he never calls or calls his friend Sharwanand? What is Anu Emmanuel’s goal as a lawyer, does it tie in with a common thread of the story? Siddharth’s return to the story involves more clutter than solving the problems.
The second half of the film raises so many questions, while the proceedings get boring and clichéd. The so-called misunderstanding between friends and Aditi Rao who suddenly develops love for Sharwan looks like handy plot twists.
All in all, “Maha Samudram” is neither a love story nor a gangster drama. It lacks soul and is unconvincing. Aside from great cinematography and performances, the movie is quite boring.
Bottom line: no tides
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