Largely Faithful And Engaging Thriller
UA Certified – 1 Hr 58 Minutes
What Is the Film About?
A corrupt cop Vikram Vasudev (Adivi Sesh) is put as an investigative officer for a high profile murder case involving a murder. Sameera (Regina Cassandra) is the accused of killing — (Naveen Chandra). However, she has another version about the happenings to Vasudev (Adivi Sesh). Finding out the truth is what the movie is all about.
How Is Adivi Sesh‘s Performance?
Adivi Sesh is a decent actor who helps the narrative in that he doesn’t let it down. He does enough to keep things alright, and the rest is taken care of by the story and screenplay whichever element is stronger. Those are key to his success, much more than his acting and the same continues to hold true for Evaru as well.
There is a visible improvement in screen presence of Adivi Sesh. It is more to do with his confidence rather than performance, though. Adivi Sesh is never detrimental to the proceedings and treads a cautious yet reliable path to hook the audience.
Direction by Venkat Ramji?
Adivi Sesh is off late on a roll with back to back engaging content in different genres. Most of them have been original, but Evaru is a remake. It is based on a Spanish thriller, and director Venkat Ramji has been handed the responsibility of bringing it to Telugu audience.
The original is a thriller with fast-paced screenplay and enough twists and turns to keep the audience engaged. All Venkat Ramji needed to do was keeping the blueprint intact and readjust it for Telugu audience without losing the gripping narrative of the original. He has mostly succeeded in doing that, also bring some small changes in the process.
The entire first half, barring the interval, is really like a long set up. The film comprises of limited characters, so the proceedings involving the same set might look a bit slow initially. However, a lot is happening right before us, with payoffs coming during the second half.
The interval bang is neat. It is a simple yet interesting connection between the stories of the characters we hear on screen. It is the first instance of the twist in the tale thrown at us.
The second half builds on the interval and takes us further into the narrative revealing the suspense one by one. The whole process is similar to the original, for a large part. As is with any remake, those who have seen the original might not be enamoured with what’s happening, but for a new audience, the proceedings will surely provide a thrilling experience.
Then, towards the end, there is a bit of deviation from the original. It is not too far to entirely come as a shock, and yet not too predictable either to make it look like a pointless change. It is a decent ‘change’. It helps in making one understand that the team behind Evaru have genuinely worked on the remake and not just used it as a simple cash grab opportunity.
Overall, Evaru is a nice thriller that lives up to the promise. The lack of real surprise in the downside, considering it is a remake. But, it is for a small segment. Others, who are watching Evaru afresh will find it very engaging, and hence a recommended watch at cinemas, this Independence Day weekend.
Regina Cassandra and Others?
Although Adivi Sesh is the ‘lead’ of the movie, it is Regina Cassandra’s performance that is a make or break deal for the film. She has come up with a compelling act with a few surprises up her sleeve. The actress is sure to take people by surprise if one is not aware of what is in store.
Naveen Chandra and Murali Sharma are the other prominent characters in the movie. They have done a steady job, especially the latter even though he is seen only in a brief part. Naveen Chandra gets a different role than usual and is alright. Raja Ravindra and the rest of the artists have nothing much to do and are forgettable.
Music and Other Departments?
Sricharan Pakala is fast becoming a sought after name as a composer for these small to mid-budget level productions, for his background score. He doesn’t disappoint here either and keeps the narrative lively with his impressive BGM that add to the gripping nature of the proceedings. The cinematography is very good. The editing is also well done without any loss of momentum. The dialogues by Abburi Ravi are also excellent. It is another primary reason for everything coming together.
Predictable at times
A few over the Top Twists/Coincidences (same issue with original)
Watch the original if you haven’t seen or the Hindi remake Badla. It is not an alternative take, but to get an idea of how things are done, in different industries and where the Telugu version stands.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Evaru Review by KK US
*This Review is the Personal View of the Author. The Review may not necessarily reflect the Box Office Performance of the film later on.
Evaru is based on a popular Spanish movie ‘The Invisible Guest’. Enough changes have been made for thrilling a fresh audience, and at the same time, make it a decent watch for those who have seen the original and don’t mind watching it again in Telugu. Visit back for our frank review soon.
– Evaru comes to an end with a twist. Final report shortly.
– Key twist revealed in the murder story. The person behind two killings (missing father and Ashok) is the same person.
– Sesh wins the trust of Regina. She is revealing more details (true or not?).
– Evaru second half started. Murali Sharma enters the scene as the missing father in case, flashback is progressing with the intriguing drama.
First Half Report:
Evaru is a remake of popular Spanish thriller ‘The Invisible Guest’ with changes. In the first half of the film, the director leads you into the story with the interesting investigative drama. Based on the first half, it is carrying a decent promise. Let us see!
– Vikram (Adivi Sesh) reveals a key detail that leads to Regina in the missing father case. Interval.
– Sesh takes us back to another missing father case he has handle and why he had to leave it midway. Interestingly the case ties back to Ashok killed by Regina.
– Sesh is slowly extracting the details from Regina. While she claims innocence, she started revealing some interesting details which could tilt her case.
– Regina’s lawyer sends corrupt cop Vikram (Adivi Sesh) to log the detailed report. Sesh starts investigating Regina.
– Evaru opens with a murder scene. According to Sameera (Regina) she killed police officer Ashok (Naveen Chandra). On the other hand, Ashok’s family gets a popular lawyer who never lost a case to fight their case.
Some movies by default look like made by only one man and in this case, it happens to be Adivi Sesh and the movie happens to be his Independence Day release ‘Evaru’.
Since his ‘Kshanam’ turned out to be a successful thriller, Adivi Sesh has kind of earned the reputation. ‘Evaru’ is coming with the same branding as Adivi Sesh’s movie.
Until now, the teaser and the trailer added to the intrigue and made us wait for his movie, for sure. Adivi Sesh, by all means, is the driving force. Hope, there is an intriguing story this time, as well.
How did the director, Venkat Ramji handle this project that actually has Sesh written all over it? This is his first movie as a director and it’s time to know how he used the opportunity to work with a multi-talented actor.
Regina is seldom seen in Telugu films, these days. It was refreshing to see her in ‘Evaru’ and hope, she can impress with the kind of role she has got to deliver in this thriller.
All in all, Adivi Sesh and Regina’s combination has built that curiosity essential for a thriller and it’s time to know if the story delivers on that front. Did Adivi Sesh keep his reputation intact with ‘Evaru’?
Keep watching this space for a comprehensive and genuine ‘Evaru’ review from our mirchi9 team. Stand by, folks!