Starring: Anushka Shetty,Asha Sarath,Unni Mukundan
Directed by: G Ashok
Rating: 1 ½(one and a half stars)
The Bahu too has her Baahubali. Perhaps not in the same league as Prabhas , but Anushka Shetty has a fan following of her own. She has a certain screen presence that is reminiscent of Vidya Balan . Though not a very accomplished actress Shetty manages to hold her own when given a script to call her own.
This, sad to say, is not one of those occasions.
Disastrous to the point of being an embarrassment Bhaagamathie tries to mix and match disparate genres with as much success as sprinter P T Usha sparring with tennis player Sania Mirza is a game of mixed sports with audiences cheering for neither.
The film tries to blend horror and social comedy and ends up being neither this nor that.In fact at many plot points when the director attempted to scare us I found myself trying to smother my laughter as diehard members of the Anushka Shetty fan club tried to stare me down. But soon enough even they were fidgeting in their seats, as appalled by the narrative’s absence of goal and gall as I was .
This is not a film. This is a misadventure. Or a Miss Adventure,tailormade for its heroine,that has turned into a Mess Adventure.
Much of the depleted distorted ambiguation in the drama unfolds in a haveli that has seen better days.Do, I might add, has the dramatis personae,all of whom scamper around pretending to look frightened when all they really want to do is giggle at the absurdities . While the director’s intentions—to create a sense of foreboding in a routine environment—comes across in half-hearted spurts, the supporting cast is completely in awe of the leading actress.Barring Asha Sarath who plays the bossy power-woman one more time with authority , the rest of the cast has been clearly instructed to look wonder-struck every time Anusha Shetty passes by.
Ironically she delivers a performance of burnt-out burlesque, posturing in fear and surprise and sometimes in romantic rapture(with co-star Unni Mukundan ) as well. None of this is convincing. Her ‘Kanchana’ act reminded me of Vidya Balan in Bhool Bhulaiya, and of course Shobana in Manichitrathazhu. But where is the fire? All that we see in Bhaagamathie is the smoke.