Acharya movie review: Flat and Boring lessons from Acharya

Movie: Acharya
Rating: 2/5
Cast: Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Pooja Hegde, Sonu Sood
Director: Koratala Siva
Produced By: Ram Charan, Niranjan Reddy, Anvesh Reddy
Release Date: April 29th, 2022

This is a season of Tollywood biggies and Mega Star Chiranjeevi’s much-awaited Acharya has joined the list of biggies aiming to put the box office on fire. This action entertainer has seen multiple delays and has been in making for so long that the audience even started losing interest in the film. The pre-release buzz for the movie has been quite cold. However, with Mega Star Chiranjeevi and Mega Power Star Ram Charan appearing on screen together, the anticipation amongst mega fans has gone skyrocketing. Can Acharya, sustain the interest of the general audience? Let’s find out.

Story: Acharya is a story set in the backdrop of a village called Dharmasthali. True to its name, the people of Dharmasthali are a religious bunch and simple and loving people. Here enters Basava (Sonu Sood) who is hell-bent on disturbing the peace and tranquility of the beautiful village for this personal gains. This is when Acharya (Chiranjeevi) enters and tries to establish the status quo in Dharmasthali in his own inimitable style. Who is Acharya? Why did he come to Dharmasthali? What’s his relation with Siddha (Ram Charan)? This is what the story follows.

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Performances: Acharya is a movie that solely rests on Megastar’s shoulders with some support from Ram Charan. However, this film is a classic example of star power failing to salvage bad writing. The story and screenplay look outdated and are not in sync with the cinema of today. Megastar Chiranjeevi looks good on screen and lights it up in certain action sequences. However, his dialogue delivery looks slightly unnatural and so do his motives which are not justified properly. Ram Charan as Siddha has got some shades to his character but that comes out only in a few scenes. His role was initially supposed to be a cameo and was later extended. But we don’t see any massive change to movie’s fortunes due to that. Sonu Sood as Basava does what he’s been doing for more than a decade with nothing special to mention. As expected, there’s nothing to take home about Neelambari (Pooja Hegde) as well. She’s just there to fulfill the song and dance ‘requirement’ of the film.

Analysis: Acharya looks and feels outdated from the word go. From the first scene itself, the audience feels Acharya is a 1980’s film. Not even a single character or their emotion has been established. The music by Mani Sharma and action episodes barring a couple of them fail big time. Koratala Siva has failed to grasp the audience’s attention for the first time. Every single aspect of his direction exposes the inadequacy of the plot and even the Megastar can’t save the day. The VFX work is shoddy and not expected from an A-list movie such as this.

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Plus Points:

  • Chiru and Charan few scenes in flashback
  • Interval block and a few scenes in the second half

Minus Points:

  • Outdated story and screenplay
  • Weak emotions
  • Forced emotions and action episodes
  • Music

Verdict: Acharya is the weakest film out of Koratala’s filmography. His usual touch of strong emotions and solid characterizations are missing. There are very few moments in the film that make the audience involved in the proceedings. Overall, it’s a missed opportunity to present Mega Star and Mega Power Star together at their heroic best.

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