Arundhati (Anushka) is the great grand daughter of the Raja of Gadwal Mahasansthan. Arrangements are being made for her marriage. Arundhati visits her native place before marriage. Her beau (Deepak) asks her to come to the fort of Gadwal, where she faces a horrible experience. Learning the history from an aged servant maid Chandramma (Manorama), Arundhati comes to know that she is a look alike of her great grandmother Jejamma (Anushka).
Jejamma was an expert in painting, dancing and fighting. She had an elder sister who was married off to her father's nephew Pasupati (Sonu Sood). Pasupati a womaniser used to rape the women he liked and kill those who objected. Jejamma's sister commited suicide and the people of Gadwal
thrashed Pasupati severely and tied him to his horse when they got the approval from Jejamma and her father. Though Gadwal celebrated his death, he was actually saved by Aghoras, who served the devils. Pasupati mastered the tantrik arts and entered Gadwal fort to take revenge.
Jejamma who had learnt a special dance, cut off his tongue and pinned his hands at one go through her dance. She spared him to prevent him from becoming a 'pretatma'. Pasupati was buried alive in a tomb and powerful 'yantras' with inscriptions from Vedas and holy scriptures were put on it to prevent the 'pretatma' from coming out. After this revelation through flashback, a worker in a trance, unknowingly breaks the tomb and releases the 'pretatma'. The revenge drama ensues again. Anwar (Sayaji Shinde ) who treats patients through sorcery tells her that she is none other than Jejamma and asks her to fight Pasupati. From the portrait of Jejamma, Arundhati comes to know that her great grandmother had prepared a 'weapon' with her own bones and had kept it with some tribals. Anwar and Arundhati proceed to acquire the weapon, but Anwar meets with an accident.
Arundhati left with no option returns to the fort to get herself raped to prevent the death of her family members. Anwar collects the weapon and gives it to Arundhati and in the climax Pasupati dies in the hands of Arundhati.
Director Kodi Ramakrishna is known for making films like Ammmoru and Anji . He has acquired a penchant to make films by using graphics. Apart from his directorial expertise, it is the gripping screenplay by Mallemala Unit, which needs to be appreciated. The graphics used in the film are extraordinary. The unit has maintained a great difference between the lavishly painted fort with lighting and beautiful garden and the dilapidated fort. Anushka is at her best in the royal attire and her performance as Jejamma is very impressive. For a change, Sayaji Shinde has played a positive role in the movie as one who helps the heroine. Sonu Sood is good as a baddie. Other artistes are okay in their respective roles. Music by Koti is okay, and could have given a better re-recording. Editing by Marthand is appropriate with not so many boring and lengthy scenes. Camera work by Senthil Kumar is good and in tune with the graphics.
While showing the flashback scenes, the director should have taken more precautions by avoiding the railway gate etc. The face of Sonu Sood should have been morphed in a different way after the flashback episode. The audiences cannot digest the same face even after his death some 80
years ago. Anushka has failed to do the classical dance for Arundhati's role as she has no knowledge about classical dance. But for some technical errors here and there, the film as a whole has very less minus points. The director should have avoided the killing of Manorama and Sayaji Shinde.
The film has evoked lot of expectations because of its long schedule. The film was started some 28 months ago and the unit shot the film for about 264 days. The budget of the film too had gone up from Rs 4 crore to Rs 13 crore. Despite all this, the release of the film was also delayed
by two days losing two valuable holidays during the Sankaranti season. Despite all these hurdles, the film has hit the screen finally and has earned a positive talk. Though not a good entertainer, the film will have a good run because of word-of-mouth publicity.
Cast: Anushka, Sonu Sood, Deepak, Sayaji Shinde, Manorama, Satyanarayana, Annapurna, Ahuti Prasad, Chalapati Rao, Siva Parvati, Annapurna, and others.
Dialogues: Chintapalli Ramana
Lyrics: Dr MS Reddy, Dr C. Narayana Reddy, Veturi Sundararama Murthy, and Ananth Sriram
Cinematography: KK Senthil Kumar
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Choreography: Siva Shankar and Suchitra Chandrabose
Art: K Ashok Kumar
Story and screenplay: Mallemala Unit
Presents: Dr M S Reddy
Producer: M Shyam Prasad Reddy
Director: Kodi Ramakrishna
Banner: Mallemala Entertainments
Released on: January 16, 2009