Though the movie Acharya started with great graphics and a devotional backdrop, it ended with a monotonous commercial ending. Not koratala shiva’s best work
Tickets used to go out of sale the moment they went online or the moment sales started in the theaters. That used to be the craze for our Mega Star Chiranjeevi. I expected the same response this time, but not even half of my expectations were met. At first, I thought it was due to a rise in ticket prices, but the theaters with regular prices were also half empty. This response was not at all expected.
Thanks to COVID, Acharya has been in the making for the last three years. Finally, the film starring Chiranjeevi and Charan has hit the screens today. But does it live to the hype? Let’s see.
The film is based on the pilgrimage Dharmasthali. Basava, played by Sonu Sood, once a temple disciple, now turned into an antagonist. Thanks to his greediness. Our protagonist, Acharya, played by Chiranjeevi, walks into the town, settles down, and starts a revolt against Basava. But as usual in every film, the hero’s journey has a hidden purpose, related to his past or someone from his past. In this movie, his journey is related to Siddha, played by Rama Charan. What is Dharmasthali? Who is Siddha, and which Mega hero will save the town? To know the answers, you need to watch the film.
This movie is a feast to all mega fans as it has been quite some time since they have seen Megastar Chiranjeevi on screen. This movie gives them a treat of both Mega Star and Mega Power Star on the same screen at the same time.
Coming to Chiranjeevi’s performance, his screen presence, charisma, and intensity in his eyes are still intact, and he throws a solid performance.
Ram Charan is only improvising with each film, and the same is proved here with Acharya. As Siddha, a boy from Gurukul, he looks calm and peaceful but later transforms into a mass avatar. The scenes between Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan are executed with absolute perfection by Koratala Siva and are the only main highlight of the second half.
Pooja Hegde gets a limited screen time but looks gorgeous in Indian attire. Her chemistry with Ram Charan is soothing and perfect. The Bhale Banjara song was a feast for the fans and came at a perfect time in the film.
One of the most significant drawbacks of the film is the repetitive storyline. Apart from the devotional backdrop of Dharmasthali, the basic plot of the movie is the same good vs. bad formula and showcases nothing new.
The first half is super slow and doesn’t have any great moments. This is where the film goes for a toss. Chiranjeevi, known for his energy, is showcased in a subdued manner and is only in his elements for the songs and fights. The climax also looks rushed and forced and has not had enough action for Chiranjeevi to lash out.
The lack of a strong villain is another big drawback of the film. The hero has no substantial conflict point to address, and the weak villain makes matters worse.
Music by Mani Sharma is not bad. The songs were good, but BGM could have been better. One of the major attractions of Acharya is the temple town Dharmastahli. The temple town Dharmasthali is a set spread across 20 acres of land. Major parts of the movie happen in this set. The credit should go to art director Suresh for doing such an amazing job.
The dances are decent, and the ones in the father and son song were superb. The lyrics are meaningful, and the dialogues by Koratala Siva are good. The fights composed predominantly of the father and son are pleasing to the eyes.
The director Koratala Siva has done just a passable job with the film. Koratala has elevated the scenes between Chiru and Charan superbly and pleased the fans. But in all this, the taut storytelling, his forte, goes missing. Koratala’s writing is relatively weak as there is not enough drama to elevate the proceedings. Most scenes look forced, and the climax is the most significant example.
Is Acharya worth watching in Theater?
On the whole, Acharya is a temple town drama that has some good father-son moments. The backdrop is good, but the narration is slow and does not gives the audience a boost of high. There is no novelty in the story, and the electrifying drama one expects from a Koratala film is missing. The regular audience will get disappointed with Acharya, but Chiranjeevi and Charan make the fans happy with their chemistry and solid screen presence. Basically, it is a one-time watch movie, unless you are a Mega Family fan. So, I’d suggest waiting for its OTT release rather than investing time and money by watching it in the theater.