Aranya Review – Strictly for Rana’s Show

Movie: Aranya
Rating: 2.25/5
Cast: Rana, Vishnu Vishal
Director: Prabhu Solomon
Produced By: Eros International
Release Date: 26th March 2021

Aranya was a multi-lingual film that was made in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. It was supposed to release during 2020 Summer but due to Corona out break it was released today in Telugu and Tamil versions, Hindi version has been postponed again due to the increase in Covid cases. Lets drive into the review of Aranya which is based on life story of Jadav Payeng the forest man of India.

Story: Aranya (Rana) is a man who is born and raised in a forest and shares a strong bond with the animals and Chilakalakona forest which is located in Vizag. He starts to battle against the Forest Department minister (Anant Mahadevan) who plans to build a huge township in the middle of that dense forest. The Minister team initially construct a 60Km wall which prevents the way for elephants to get during the water. The rest of the story revolves around how Rana fights against and saves nature.

Performance: Rana is the show steeler from start to end. This would be his best work ever in the film industry. It’s not an easy task to full of Aranya’s character which is completely different from what we see usually. From body language to dialogue delivery Rana excels. Vishnu Vishal also has a good scope but his character has less screen space during the second half. Both actresses Zoya and Shriya are the perfect cast for this film while Ananth Madhavan as Minister does his job.

Analysis: The main plot which deals on real-life incidents was spot on but it majorly lags with the emotional connection which the film demands. Director Solomon failed to present as it becomes the regular template film with many unwanted scenes. The initial part of the film paicks up very well has later it turns out to be boring with predictable elements. Visuals of this film will be top-notch as the majority of the film was shot in real locations. Rainforest scenes will be the major highlight with a good sound design. Except for Rana, Raghu Babu and a few other, the rest of the cast is not familiar with the Telugu audience.

Plus Points:

Rana’s Performance
Visuals & BGM

Minus Points:

Flat Narration & Poor Editing
Lags with Emotional Connect
2nd Half
Direction

Verdict: Except for Rana’s performance and Visuals Aranya has nothing new to offer with lackluster narration. It will end up as a disaster at the Box-office as the film had a below-par start at the ticket window.