Bhairava Geetha - Movie Review

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 14:00
Bhairava Geetha (2018)
Cast & Crew: 

Film: Bhairava Geetha
Cast: Dhananjaya and Irra Mor
Story and screenplay: Ram Gopal Varma and Vamsi Krishna
Music Composer: Ravi Shankar
Lyrics: Sira Sri
Cinematographer: Jagadeesh Cheekati M.F.A
Producers: Abhishek Nama and Bhaskar Rashi
Presented by: Ram Gopal Varma  
Director: Siddhartha Thatholu
Release date: Dec 14, 2018
CBFC Rating: U

What's it about?
In 1990's in Rayalaseema, a landlord's daughter Geetha (Irra) falls for her father's henchman Bhairava (Dhanunjaya). Attraction leads to love. As passion between them grows, the landlord orders to kill Bhairava as he loathes the idea of his daughter falling for his low-caste servant. What happens next?


On the surface, 'Bhairava Geetha' seems a tale of forbidden love between a feudal lord's daughter and their servant. It also talks about casteism, suppression, and inequality. However, it doesn't go deeper; all elements are touched in shallow manner. It stresses more on the old and clichéd line: two lovers running away from the girl's father and fighting to save their love.

The film has interesting initial portion. The backdrop of how a family has been slaves to Subbareddy, a faction leader in 90's Rayalaseema and the inequality in the region is told in documentary style.

This story soon paves way to the lusty love episodes. The supposed love between Geetha (Irra Mor) and Bhairava (Dhanunjaya) turns out to be lust and it also gives us the impression that it is another version of recent blockbuster "RX100", which was also directed by Ram Gopal Varma's former associate Ajay Bhupathi.

After some kiss scenes and passionate songs, the film turns into a blood bath. Gore and violence and all the mindless action episodes go on and on.  

Like the clichéd storyline, the narration soon tapers into formulaic and it never rises above the ordinary.

Kannada actor Dhananjaya is well-suited to the role. He has maintained one note expression mostly, though. Irra Mor is okay. She provides some glam show. The actor who played the role of Subbareddy is convincing.

Technicians like cinematographer (excellent) and music director (just okay) have put in best efforts than the writers. The screenplay written by RGV and his voice-over dialogue are passé.

New director Siddharth hardly impresses with his debut.

Bottom-line: A tale of passion between a landlord's daughter and a servant has full of violence, bloodshed, and lot of kisses. What it doesn't have is gripping narration. Too routine and formulaic!

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