Avane Sriman Narayana
Rakshit Shetty-starrer ‘Avane Srimannarayana’, directed by Sachin Ravi, is one of the quirkiest mainstream films to have come out in recent years.
Presented in a new genre called the Southern Odd Fiction, the movie, after last year’s ‘KGF’, raises the bar for Sandalwood (this film is the Tamil dubbed version of a Kannada movie) in terms of technical standards and filmmaking.
The story happens in a fantasy village called Amaravathi reeling under a feudal system. The feudal lord of Amaravathi dies leading to fight between his sons Jayaram and Tukaram, who are born to different mothers.
There is a hidden treasure in Amaravathi, but both Jayarama and Tukarama are not able to find it. Srimannarayana (Rakshit Shetty), a corrupt police inspector, enters the scene.
The story follows Narayana’s efforts to find the missing treasure and save the locals from the tyranny of Jayaram and Tukaram.
Though a lot of scenes are heavily borrowed from Wild West films, they are not boring. For, the way the fantasy tale unfurls is sure to keep audiences glued to the screens.
Rakshit shines in the cop role and the two villains, Balaji Manohar and Pramod Shetty, are apt. Shanvi Srivastava as a journalist gets to play a de-glam role and adds different shades to ASN.
The director sells his idea with a screenplay that keeps us engaged despite the long running time. By the time you complete watching the film, you wish it was shorter, but you will still be pleasantly surprised by the overall attempt.
Rating: 3.25 out of 5