Review:Anaganaga Or Athidhi is the Telugu remake of the 2018 Kannada suspense thriller Aa Karaala Ratri by Dayal Padmanabhan. The original was critically acclaimed and the remake is directed by the same director, but the final products end up looking like chalk and cheese. Set in a rural setting and revolves around the greed of a poor family, the film’s story looks like gold on paper. However, as the story progresses, the writing and script feel dated with a lot of preaching and ravings proving to be a test of your patience. But that’s only until the movie slowly lifts its socks.
Mallika (Payal Rajput) is a woman frustrated by everything in her life, both physically and financially. The ‘atidhi’ in the tale Chinni Krishna (Chaitanya Krishna) calls himself a nomad and is introduced to Mallika’s family as a journalist. They reluctantly agree to provide him with shelter, but the man foolishly flaunts the wealth he brought with him. While it all seems naive, it also promises something else to come. Things take a turn when the drunk father, the innocent mother and the greedy Mallika decide to take their own lives. The movie drags on from there and ends in a messy way. The emotional ‘twist’ at the end barely touches the chord.
After Recipe 100 Payal excels at playing a girl with an evil side again. She is expressive, but the lines are a huge disappointment. Chaitanya’s performance is decent, but she still needs to improve her screen presence. While the rest of the cast also manage to get their parts out right, it’s the poor writing and outdated plot that prove to be a drawback.
Anaganaga Or Atihidhi Sadly, it’s a thriller with a lot of loopholes, but with a better script they could have been overlooked. This new version is a case of missed opportunity with many rhythms from the original lost in translation.