Avane Srimannarayana ASN Movie Review: All Fur Coat And No Knickers

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Overlong And Tedious

Avane Srimannarayana ASN Movie Review

'Avane Srimannarayana' marks the return of its lead actor, Rakshit Shetty, to the big screen after a gap of three years. His last release was 'Kirik Party' which was released back in December 2016. 'Kirik Party' was a breezy all-round entertainer and was also a box office success. Is 'Avane Srimannarayana' as good as Rakshit Shetty's previous films? Let's analyse.

'Avane Srimannarayana' is about a lost loot which is being searched for many years by many people including a dreaded group of dacoits who call themselves as "Abhiras". The Abhiras are headed by their chief dacoit who is called as 'Abhira'; yes, Abhira with a 'B'. Rakshit Shetty plays the role of a deceitful Police officer who is also on the look for the lost loot. Who will finally succeed in finding the booty? Watch the film.

Rakshit Shetty has pulled-off his role as a Police officer with ease and appears extremely confident while playing it. His super-swagger is evident in each of his scene, and his unstained performance gives the film an energy boost. You can sense the man enjoying his part, which mostly happens only when you are good at your craft. This film adds another feather to his cap of diverse acting capabilities ranging from 'Godhi Banna', 'Kirik Party', to 'Ulidavaru Kandante'. Actor Rishab Shetty also appears in a guest role of Cowboy Krishna. Actress Shanvi Srivastava plays the role of journalist Lakshmi, which is pretty much a redundant character, although later in the film, the character is revealed to have other motives. Shanvi Srivastava, however, does a good job at playing it. The character, honestly, feels like an after-thought and seems force-fitted.

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The film starts with a supposedly tense sequence between a group of drama/theatre artists and the Abhiras. The segment looked tense at the onset and had all the elements to sustain its tension to give an impactful opening sequence. But, the sequence is unduly stretched including the dialogues, and the very first segment feels overlong and repetitive! And this can be said about the whole movie. Many scenes/segments in the film are stretched-out with undue emphasis on needless aspects trying to look cool/smart. And in some of the portions, style and glitz take priority and the actual story takes a backseat. As a result, the film moves at a very sedate pace, and it almost never attempts to increase its pace. 'Avane Srimannarayana' moves like a rural service shuttle bus that takes a lengthy route with multiple stops. The movie, actually, lives in its own world and firmly believes itself to be very good.

The editing is not really at fault here. In fact, a more crispier editing can only reduce the runtime by 10-15 minutes, if we remove a couple of songs. The thing which really makes the film tedious is its slow and bloated screenplay. The narration moves at a snail's pace; and the film, overall, has a very lazy attitude. The makers should've kept it simple, but too many add-ons have made this film a tiring journey. The film gets weighed down by the extra baggage that it keeps adding to its cart, which makes its forward movement difficult and slow. 'Avane Srimannarayana ASN' feels like a 'Indiana Jones' kind of a movie, but the many different ingredients put in preparing 'Avane Srimannarayana' don't blend well leading to a very mediocre preparation.

The story might have actually looked good on paper because of its layered feel with multiple sub-plots. But, 'Avane Srimannarayana' has fallen short in converting a seemingly good story into an engaging and entertaining film. The movie introduces us to many characters, but it places all of its characters at almost the same level on its podium, instead of keeping them at different levels depending on their importance. There is over-emphasis on some of its characters and their story, which could've been done with lesser screen time. The film doesn't get its focus right, and tries to touch everything (even the pointless details) while going forward with the story. And, just like how the functionality of a hand is reduced when all of its fingers are of equal length and breadth, same way 'Avane Srimannarayana' loses its purpose and the process gets affected.

But, make no mistake, the film is not that bad at all, and it can be watched once. However, it could've been definitely better had the storytelling been tighter and engaging with more focus on the main issue than the additions. The cinematography is consistently good and lifts the movie to another level along with the good background music. The special effects are quite good and they add a touch of richness to the film. The acting performances are good as well.

Overall, 'Avane Srimannarayana' is a praiseworthy attempt, and could be watched for its novelty and impressive performances. But, the weak direction and mediocre screenplay play the spoilsport in an otherwise good film. If you don't mind watching a slow-paced film clocking at over 3 hours, then you shouldn't miss 'Avane Srimannarayana'.

Rating - 2.5/5

- Review by Aditya.

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