Nagarahavu movie review: Even Vishnuvardhan can’t save this film

Seven years later, Ramakrishna has tried to recreate the success of Arundhati with his Kannada debut, Nagarahavu.

Rating: 0.5 out of 5
Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Published:October 14, 2016 3:55 pm
The filmmakers have fully relied on the popularity of Vishnuvardhan with Kannada fans for the success of Nagarahavu. The filmmakers have fully relied on the popularity of Vishnuvardhan with Kannada fans for the success of Nagarahavu.

Nagarahavu movie cast: Vishnuvardhan, Ramya, Rajesh Vivek, Diganth

Nagarahavu movie director: Kodi Ramakrishna

Popular Tollywood director Kodi Ramakrishna’s 2009 film, Arundhati was a massive hit. It had a powerful female protagonist, impressive star cast, performance, music and above all the film had a story which kept the audience on edge of their seat.

Seven years later, Ramakrishna has tried to recreate the success of Arundhati with his Kannada debut, Nagarahavu. And he has made sure to reuse all the ingredients of blockbuster Arundhati in his Kannada venture. A dynamic and powerful female character: Check. Interesting visual graphics: Check. Historical backstory: Check. Aghoras: Check. Deafening back ground music: Check. But I can’t say whether director forgot or he simply undermined the most important and vital ingredient for a decent film, a good story.

Nagarahavu film makes no sense at all. The film opens with a mythological story of all gods collectively creating a powerful kalasha or golden pot that will defend gods from the demons during an eclipse of the sun. According to the legend, gods lose their power and become vulnerable to attacks from demons during an eclipse. Thus, the golden pot comes into being.

Of course, the one who is the possession of the Kalasha will become omnipotent. However, it is not easy. The Shivaya family has been for generations defending the Kalasha from the armies of demons.

But, demons they don’t give up so easily, do they? Evil Tantrik Kapali, played by Rajesh Vivek, tries to lay his hands on it despite repeatedly failing to do so for generations. Naganika played by Ramya scarifices her life trying to defend the Kalasha but not before driving a spear into the Aghora. She reincarnates to finish the job half done, while Kapali is brought back to life by some other evil saint in a visually confusing scene.

The film suffers from absurd screenplay, senseless performances, cringeworthy songs and bizarre visual effects. Ramya’s character as shape-shifting serpent adds to the despair, even a terrifying 20-foot-snake fails to thrill and excite the audience.

The filmmakers have fully relied on the popularity of Vishnuvardhan with Kannada fans for the success of the film. The film was marketed as the 201st film of the late legendary actor. Even digitally resurrected Vishnuvardhan couldn’t salvage this lousy movie.

The film has nothing to offer. Audience have to tolerate over two hours of jaded and nonsense attempt of the filmmakers to see digitally recreated Vishnuvardhan in action on the big screen.

The star cast is another cross the audience should bear. And there is nothing much to discuss about this film either. If you decide to sit this one out, good. But if you decide to watch this movie for Vishnuvardhan, not a bucket of popcorn but a few cups of strong coffee might help you get through this cinematic ordeal.

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  1. B
    Oct 14, 2016 at 11:59 am
    Very good movie.........
    1. S
      Oct 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm
      Good movie
      1. V
        Oct 15, 2016 at 3:57 pm
        Super movie because of boss
        1. V
          Oct 17, 2016 at 6:02 am
          seriously waste of money. not upto expected
          1. S
            Oct 20, 2016 at 8:02 am
            excellent movie please go along with family
            1. J
              Joseph Rodricks
              Oct 14, 2016 at 5:23 pm
              Nagarahavu film makes no sense at all.It is a lowsy movie. - Indian express. I agree with Indian Express
              1. A
                Oct 14, 2016 at 11:04 am
                Very bad movie... Screenplay is horrible, 100% correct review... worst movie
                1. N
                  Oct 14, 2016 at 12:47 pm
                  This is just a big example how DADA's name has been used to promote a Movie having useless story, How can anybody compare DADA's nagarahaavu to this new nagarahaavu... u have really misused abhinaya bhargavas name mr kodi Ramakrishna........
                  1. M
                    Oct 14, 2016 at 10:46 am
                    u nonsense, indian express, have u not paid anything from Filmamakers. sad
                    1. S
                      Oct 16, 2016 at 8:05 am
                      Excellent Movie..
                      1. S
                        Oct 16, 2016 at 8:06 am
                        Very good family entertainer movie..Entire family can sit and watch
                        1. S
                          Oct 17, 2016 at 4:33 am
                          Worst movie in kannada industry. Please don't waste your money and valuable time.
                          1. S
                            srinivas Gowda
                            Oct 17, 2016 at 8:43 am
                            It is very disheartening to read such a worst review on the movie from TOI, lt;br/gt;movie is not that bad as reviewed, movie is running packed house, lt;br/gt;Used very good costumes, Diganth looks very handsome in the movie ,lt;br/gt; Excellent graphics, can see tremendous efforts in each and every scene by all the technicians, lt;br/gt;Movie is very good, Good set, music is good, , a great team effort, lt;br/gt;I agree story line is lagging strong theme, there is a lack of coordination between scene to scenelt;br/gt;Could have used comedians well. Ramya could have danced well, people expected something more from the movie but not disappointed
                            1. V
                              Oct 14, 2016 at 1:54 pm
                              Indian Express always fake reviews; who will believe Indian express
                              1. V
                                Oct 14, 2016 at 12:16 pm
                                Please appreciate for the different work done by the director for the 1st time in Indian film industry,however the movie maybe..
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