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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.