Routine Drama With A Heartfelt Message
2h 16m, ‘U’ Certified.
What Is the Film About?
Akshara (Nandita Swetha) joins as a teacher in Vidya Vidhan, a top reputed college which delivers top rankers in the Telugu states. At the same time, the educational system adopted by the institute leads to suicide.
Alternatively, in a colony, three good for nothing guys known notoriously as Walter Kings falls in love with Akshara. How these seemingly unrelated threads to one another collide into one another with a murder? Why it happens, and what happens, in the end, is what the movie is all about?
How Is ‘s Performance?
Nandita Swetha plays the lead role of teacher Akshara in the movie. Her character is neatly designed like a hero with good and impactful scenes. They are more in the preachy zone, but that is more to do with the script. As far as acting is concerned, whatever is given to Nandita, she does it sincerely.
Direction by Bi Chinni Krishna?
B Chinni writes and directs Akshara. It is set in education backdrop related to the whole system and the pressure it creates in students and parents, as a result.
The story of the movie is nothing new. We have seen similar stories told in the past in various ways. Akshara is yet another take on the known point. It, however, deals with the issue more directly.
The entire first half of the film is one big set up for the interval block. If one can guess it beforehand, there is no thrill in it. However, if one can’t, there is some excitement at that intermission mark.
Apart from the interval, there are a few silly moments that do evoke a chuckle. It is the latest over the top variety and could click with a few. The core drama lacks the gripping quality and seems rushed.
Between the core plot involving the corporates and politicians, the comedy in the colony and the bachelors and the love story, the narrative feels overstuffed and uneven. The smooth progress is missing, and when it happens, it is utterly predictable.
Following the interval, the second half takes up from where it left. A new character is introduced to carry on an investigation. There are hardly any dialogues, and the whole thing looks superficial with writing at the kindergarten level.
After all build-up, finally, the ‘predictable’ flashback arrives expectedly. The writing here is good, as in – it conveys the point it wants to clearly without beating around the bush. The exchanges involving government schooling versus corporate/private system are ‘not new’ but are still impactful due to the actor’s spirited delivery.
Everything else that happens after the flashback is hogwash. It is done in a hurry to wrap up the proceedings by taking it to be a logical and predictable end. Along the way, there is are straight-up sermons on the system.
Overall, Akshara has a predictable yet right message to give. It fizzles out due to an uneven screenplay packing the commercial elements.
Shakalaka Shankar, Sathya, Madhu and Others?
Shakalaka Shankar, Sathya, and Madhu play the troika of nuisance creating guys. They all do what is required of them, and most of it happens in the first half. Ajay Ghosh gets a funny part for a change, and he is alright. The attempt and casting him against the type is a decent idea.
It is Sanjay Swaroop, though, who gets a meaty and powerful role. Akshara is the most confident he has ever looked on screen. But, there is a limit, and it shouldn’t be overdone. The overkill is where the actor’s weaknesses are exposed. Still, a good try for him. Among the rest, Harshavardhan shines above everyone else with his small but powerful role.
Music and Other Departments?
Music by Suresh Bobbili is okay. The background score is a little bit better. The cinematography is decent for the most part, but there are moments where it gets into a short film zone. The editing could have been better. The narrative feels uneven and jarring many times, especially when cutting from something serious to the next. The writing, barring few comedy punches and the flashback, is banal.
Some Silly Comedy Bits
A more integrated tale involving three bumbling fools into the narrative properly would have made things look more cohesive and less formulaic.
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, Very Few Parts
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, But With Massive Reservations
Akshara Telugu Movie Review by Siddartha Toleti