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It was the end of 2019. ‘Sethu’, a film about an angry young man whose life takes a drastic turn after he falls in love, hit the screens and marked the arrival of a star- Vikram.
Exactly 20 years later, here comes ‘Adithya Varma’, again a film about an angry young man whose life takes a drastic turn after he falls in love. And, this film too marks the birth of a star- Dhruv Vikram.
Directed by Gireesaaya, who worked as assistant director in the Telugu original ‘Arjun Reddy’, ‘Adithya Varma’ is a well-made remake that strikes the chord with the audience.
Adithya Varma (Dhruv Vikram) is a medical student. Though he is a topper in studies and is appreciated by everyone, he is bad at anger management.
For, he is a rebellious, possessive and abusive young man who cannot take rejections. But when he comes across Meera (Banita Sandhu), it is love at first sight for him.
Meera too reciprocates and when everything goes well, their relationship is rejected by Meera’s father, who is strict and caste-conscious.
When Meera enters wedlock with another man as per the wishes of her father, Adithya goes on self-destruction mode with the help of drugs and alcohol.
His family members and friends try to bring him back to normalcy. Are they able to do it or not forms the rest of ‘Adithya Varma’.
Bouquets to Dhruv Vikram for delivering such a commendable performance in his maiden film itself. This actor is sure to go places like his father.
Both Banita Sandhu and Priya Anand have performed well, while Leela Samson, Bhagavathi Perumal and Anbu Thasan lend support in supporting roles. On the technical front, Ravi K Chandran’s cinematography and Vivek Harshan add peop to the proceedings, while Radhan’s music is another plus.
The director could have focussed on making the second half more interesting, for it lacks the punch of the first half. Also, there will be no surprises for those who had watched either the Telugu or Hindi versions.
But there is no denial that ‘Adithya Varma’ is a different film and has announced the arrival of Dhruv Vikram with a bang.