Lengthy Mass Jathara
2h 47m, ‘U/A’ Certified.
What Is the Film About?
An IAS officer Sravanya (Pragya Jaiswal), falls in love with Murali Krishna (Balakrishna). While this is happening, Varadarajulu (Srikanth) runs an illegal copper mines field. How do these two worlds collide and lead to the Aghora (Balakrishna)?
The movie’s basic plot is what happens when Aghora (Aghora) enters the situation and how he deals with massively powerful people and challenges thrown at him.
Nandamuri Balakrishna is terrific. He is the first and foremost reason anyone sticks to the entire narrative. It also helps him a great deal when a director who truly understands his strengths works with him. We get that with Boyapati Srinu, and together they give us the Aghora character. It looks terrific and presents Balakrishna in a never seen before avatar.
Even the other Balakrishna looks fine due to his slimmed body and powerful character. The styling has been done superbly. And regarding the all-important performance, well, it is Balakrishna; he gives his hundred percent no matter what. It is what elevates his typical act and takes it to the next level. The intensity can’t be missed, but Boyapati has failed to bring something fresh acting-wise to the table beside the getup change.
Director Boyapati Srinu is back with a new outing after Vinaya Vidheya Rama. It unites him with Nandamuri Balakrishna for the third time after Simha and Legend.
First of all, Boyapati Srinu seems to have learned his lesson from his last failure. He has kept the narrative clean, devoid of any confusion and also the story simple. Unfortunately, herein also is the problem for Akhanda. The ‘story’ is wafer-thin and depends heavily on the star and related action blocks to pull it off. So, while Boyapati has corrected one thing, he has erred on the other.
Right from the introduction, it is evident that Boyapati Srinu has worked hard on Balakrishna. The looks, styling and overall presence are appealing. The screen presence is greatly enhanced due to the effort. He makes sure the attention is squarely on Balakrishna and what he says rather than who (his character) he is?
Post the introduction, Akhanda falls into the familiar track seen countless times. The ‘entertainment has to work to make the narrative breezy, but that doesn’t happen. On the other hand, there is a creation of a powerful antagonist in Varadarajulu. The whole thing looks formulaic. However, the new setting salvages it to some extent.
The expected happens during the pre-interval block when the two worlds collide. Boyapati knows it all too well on how critical the situation is and fills it with heavy drama. The proceedings feel never-ending. What also adds to the feeling is the subconscious thinking of the entrance of the other Balakrishna.
And the expected happens during the interval block with the introduction of Balakrishna in Aghora get up. The first time impact and the thundering BGM nullify the prolonged pre-interval block. However, the actual content leads to a dejavu feeling (we have seen it all in Legend and done much better), which makes the whole thing passable, at best.
One hopes there is better content in store in the second half using the Aghora character. But what we get is more routine stuff involving him with some decent dialogues in between.
Every essential character seems to be built with the only intention to lead to a fight. It makes the narrative extremely formulaic. Still, the fights and drama related to the build-up could have saved things to some extent. Unfortunately, even that doesn’t happen. The dialogues are acceptable from the hero’s side, but they lack the meat when seen as part of the confrontation. The action blocks are overdone. Every fight feels like a climax. It makes one exhausted by the time one reaches the ‘actual climax’.
Overall, Akhanda is a below-par actioner that is mainly saved by Balakrishna’s histrionics. It majorly appeals to the hardcore action movie buffs who don’t mind lengthy action sequences but will get others tired. It makes Akhanda a strictly for fans affair and passable (at best) mass fare.
Pragya Jaiswal plays a glam doll character despite her profession being an IAS officer in the movie. She is adequate, and there is nothing much to complain about. Poorna is alright playing a supporting role that is (like a few others) designed to lead to a fight.
Srikanth is given a fabulous makeover. But, as a performer, he doesn’t take the whole thing to the next level. The same is the case with Jagapathi Babu; however, his voice modulation offers some change. Kalakeya Prabhakar is okay playing a cruel police officer, whereas Subbaraju doesn’t work due to a half-baked role. The rest of the cast are decent in their short screen time.
Music and Other Departments?
S Thaman provides the music for the film, which is alright. The songs have been shot well and look lovely to watch on screen. The background score is also satisfactory but is drowned in the loud making of Boyapati Srinu. The cinematography by Ram Prasad is decent. The editing could have been better, especially in the action scenes. The writing is decent. The dialogues at the start are fan-pleasing, and some in the Akhanda episode related to God are good.
Parts Of Action
BGM, At Few Places
A simple alternative take for Akhanda would be cutting down on a couple of action blocks and adding some solid confrontations and drama. It would have elevated the fights.
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, In Parts
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, But With Huge Reservations
Akhanda Movie Review by Siddartha Toleti
Akhanda is a typical Boyapati Srinu mass drama. He has designed both Balakrishna characters well, and he does justice to them. The dialogues are crowd-pleasing as well as fans-pleasing.
The end result is Akhanda is an action-heavy movie that feels very lengthy. The routine storyline and back to back heavy-duty action scenes makes one exhausted by the time it is over.
— Akhanda show comes to an end. Final report and review coming shortly.
— Another heavy duty action block is going on before the wrap up.
— Murali Krishna (Balayya) comes back to the show in the climax fight while Akhanda (Balayya) sat on Shiva Yagna.
— Akhanda vs cruel mine owner Varadarajulu (Srikanth) action episode is loaded with mass dialogues and Balayya-Boya style mass action. The movie is heading to the climax.
— Akhanda second half started. The second Balakrishna takes over the show from here. Balayya explaining about the God and the science is well written.
FIRST HALF REPORT:
Boyapati presents Balakrishna like never before. His styling and makeover (Aghora getup) are terrific that would be appreciated beyond the fans. The two songs in the first half are decent, one being (Jai Balayya) very good.
The first half of Akhanda is very lengthy with a simple storyline. The interval block is too long and gives the impression of a climax. The second half holds the key now.
— After a long episode of Murali Krishna ( Balayya ) vs Varadarajulu (Srikanth) and some incidents in the Copper mine, the second Balakrishna’s character is introduced. Interval.
— Collector Sravanya (Pragya) falls for Murali Krishna (Balayya). It’s time for “Yah yah Jail Balayya”. The song has nice sets and neat choreography. Pragya makes it hot with her moderate skin show.
— Varadarajulu (Srikanth) enters the show as a villain. He owns and runs an illegal copper mine in the green zone against rules.
— Sravanya (Pragya Jaiswal) has been introduced as a powerful collector. She is impressed with Murali Krishna (Balayya)’s character.
— A heavy and mass overload intro for Balayya. The high voltage dialogues and slow mo shots will be a feast for fans.
— Akhanda show started with a police combing operation to catch Gajendra Sahu, a high valued and most wanted terrorist.
Akhanda U.S. Premiere live updates starting shortly. Stay tuned.
After a gap of over seven hundred days, the new Nandamuri Balakrishna film, Akhanda, is all set to hit the screens on December 2nd. For the unusually long wait for the fans, the star is making up with a movie that comes in the blockbuster combo. Yes, Akhanda marks the third collaboration of Balakrishna and Boyapati Srinu after Simha and Legend.
The gap between Ruler (2019) and Akhanda (2021) is the longest in the entire career of Balakrishna. The ‘gap’ itself was enough for fans to be stoked about the new film of Balakrishna, but the combo has taken it to the next level. There is tremendous hype on the movie.
Now add another factor to Akhanda that it is the first ‘mass biggie’ to come out after the second wave. There is an interest on a Balakrishna movie like never before. The BB3 (as the makers put it) is roaring at the box office.
A career-best opening for Nandamuri Balakrishna is assured with Akhanda. The bookings are excellent all over. If not for the issues with the ticket prices, it would have been much -much bigger. Akhanda now has the opportunity to be the biggest blockbuster in the career of NBK.
Boyapati Srinu saw the biggest setback in his career with his last outing. However, his combination with Balakrishna has been golden. He would be hoping to redeem himself with another blockbuster success, here.
The trailer has set the expectations high, and the open field is helping Akhanda get the widest release possible. S Thaman started the year with a bang, he would be hoping to do the same at the end.
Mirchi9, as always, is here to give you a ‘first-on-net’ honest and genuine Akhanda review. Watch this space for our updates.