Anushka's Rudhramadevi (Tamil) has finally made its way into theatres across Tamil Nadu after the historical flick was postponed several times. So what does this film has to offer? To know the answer, continue reading our movie review.
Based on the real incidents that took place in the life of Rani Rudrama Devi who ruled the Kakatiya dynasty in the Deccan Plateau, Rudhramadevi is blessed with an interesting plot.
Anushka is raised as a male child by her father for the welfare of their dynasty and is also made to marry Nithya Menon. Anushka however, falls in love with Rana outside her marriage.
Meanwhile, Kakatiya dynasty's rival ruler (Vikramjeet Virk) plans to wage a war against Anushka and her father, who are now jointly ruling their dynasty.
Can Rudhramadevi defeat her enemy and foes within her Kingdom? What happens to her marriage life? Such questions are answered in the film which forms the crux of this plot.
Anushka looks convincing as a queen but the real curse of this film is the way the character played by Allu Arjun has been portrayed. He clearly outshines Anushka in all aspects which comes across as a disappointment since the movie is about Rudhramadevi.
Ironically, Allu Arjun's role turns out to be the biggest positive of this film as he manages to bring in that much needed stability. Prakash Raj is a clever pick among rest of the cast.
Rudhramadevi is technically weak. With crude VFX and action sequences, the movie largely looks amateurish. Screenplay too is draggy at places and gives you the impression that director Gunasekhar has misconveyed what he originally set out to narrate.
Cinematographer Ajayan Vincent should've done a better job in masking the tricks of the trade involved in action sequences. His failure to do so has made them look artificial.
The real shocker in the technical department is when you realize that Maestro Ilaiyaraaja's background music fails to create an impact which otherwise would've helped this film a great deal.
Editor Sreekar Prasad has done his best to keep the film as engaging as possible. The film is also flooded with lots of logical errors which looks amusing at times.
Overall, the director has brought together an interesting plot and brilliant performers and yet has somehow managed to fabricate nothing more than a middling flick.
Check out the slides below for some of the interesting stills and information about Rudhramadevi:
Being a Telugu/Tamil bilingual, Rudhramadevi has also been dubbed into Hindi and Malayalam languages.
Rudhramadevi has been made with a whopping budget of 80 Crore rupees. Definitely, one of the costliest films in Anushka's career.
Mahesh Babu and Jr. NTR were first approached for the role that has been played by Allu Arjun.
Neeta Lulla has designed the costumes for Rudhramadevi. Costumes sure stand out throughout and is one of the positives of this film.
Shooting of the film began on 14 February 2013 in Warangal. The first shot was canned at the Thousand Pillar Temple.
Anushka, Nayanthara Or Priyanka Chopra
Initially, Anushka, Nayanthara and Priyanka Chopra were all considered to play the title role.
The Arundhati Effect
Anushka was finally zeroed in for the role based on her performance in the film Arundhati.
Sri Thenandal Films
Sri Thenandal Films has released the film all over Tamil Nadu after having bagged the theatrical rights.
The film has 6 songs, all of which was composed by 'Isaignani' Ilaiyaraaja. Background score too was composed by the Maestro.
Box Office Success?
Upon its release (Telugu version), the film grossed a whopping 32 Crores from its opening weekend, according to reports. It is to be seen how the Tamil version performs though.