After a powerful performance as Devasena in the magnum opus Baahubali, Anushka Shetty returns to the screen as Bhaagamathie. Billed to be a horror-thriller directed by Ashok G, of Pilla Zamindar fame, the film has been the talk of the town ever since its first look was unveiled. In addition to Anushka, the film’s ensemble cast include Unni Mukundan, Jayaram, Murali Sharma, Asha Sarath, Dhanraj, Prabhas Sreenu and others.
An interesting trailer, made Bhaagamathie one of the most anticipated films of the season. Since there is no other major release from Tollywood this Republic Day, all eyes are on Bhaagamathie.
Chanchala(Anushka Shetty) is an IAS officer, in police remand in connection with murder of Shakti (Unni Mukundan), a social activist. Meanwhile, the Central government is worried over its own Union Minister Eeshwar Prasad (Jayaram), who is causing trouble to his state government. At the behest of the state’s CM, the Centre decides to frame its honest minister in a corruption case and ropes in a CBI officer to take over the case. Considering that Chanchala had earlier worked as Eeshwar Prasad’s personal secretary, CBI decides to investigate her secretly given the sensitivity of the case. From police remand, she is shifted to a deserted bungalow (the Bhaagamathie bungalow) in the outskirts of the city. Under police protection, she is jailed in the Bhaagamathie bungalow for interrogation to frame Eeshwar Prasad.
Since Anushka enters the bungalow, a lot of creepy things happen. There is a mystery in the house. What is it? Does Bhaagamathie exist? What is the story of Bhaagamathie? Is Chanchala different from Bhaagamathie?
Unni Mukundan is alright. Jayaram does justice to his role. As usual, Murali Sharma delivers an impressive performance as ACP Sampath. Dhanraj, Prabhas Sreenu, Vidyullekha Raman, as police personnel who are deputed as security for Anushka, evoke laughter.
Thaman’s Terrific Background Score
High Technical Standards
Best Production Values of UV Creations
Lag at portions
Slow First Half
Repeating the act once again, Anushka’s Bhaagamathiejoins the bandwagon of her successful iconic female-centric films.
The film begins by showcasing some mass massacres of children, women and villagers. However, the story shifts to New Delhi where the higher officials talk about Minister Eeshwar Prasad and wants him to frame in corruption scandal. Anushka is introduced as a prisoner Chanchala in police remand. The film moves well up to Chanchala’s entry into Bhaagamathie bungalow. After that, it slows down. Director Ashok has focused more on Bhaagamathie bungalow and movie slows down for a while.
Post interval, the film picks up well. As the story progresses, the film gets better and better. All the loose ends are closed and all dots are perfectly connected by director Ashok in this nail-biting thriller. Bhaagamathieis a well-constructed conceit which audiences have been missing for a longtime. Go for it.
Bhaagamathie is Anushka’s show. The film lives up to the hype, expectations. Watch it for Anushka’s brilliant performances, Thaman’s thumping background score, Madhie’s visuals, high production values from UV Creations. Bhaagamathie is a visual feast with a great cinematic experience.
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