Alidu Ulidavaru Movie Review: An insightful psychological thriller
The film’s first half breezes through the lead's work life and love, while the second keeps us glued to our seats
Electronic media is driven by TRPs and some television hosts become victims of the numbers game. This is the backdrop for Aravind Shastry’s psychological thriller Alidu Ulidavaru. The story, penned by Sudhir Shanbhog, gives us an insight into the current situation of anchors and reporters who are put under pressure and who risk their lives to come up with the best story.
Sheelam (Ashu Bedra), the host of a popular superstition and myth-busting program named Karana, completes 99 episodes successfully. But, the 100th episode becomes challenging for him, as he is pressurised by his senior to keep up with the numbers. This pressure, along with his relationship issues, takes a toll on him and the second half of the film revolves around his recovery.
Cast:Ashu Bedra, Sangeetha Bhat, and Pawan Kumar
The core plot of the film, however, is about LSD. This makes the connection between Mahantesh (Pawan Kumar) and Sheelam impactful.
Arvind Shastry joins the list of the promising new-age filmmakers with Alidu Ulidavaru. His film aptly mirrors the lifestyle of certain professions and the state of news channels. The film’s first half breezes through the lead's work life and love, while the second keeps us glued to our seats.
The story revolves around Ashu Bedra’s character, and there's certainly room for improvement for the producer-turned-actor. Sangeetha Bhat, who plays Bedra’s love interest, is apt for her role. Director and actor Pawan plays a significant role and he pulls off the character with ease. Atul Kulkarni, in his salt-and-pepper look, packs a punch as a cop. B Suresha, Dharmanna, and Aravind Rau too make an impact with their acting skills.
The highlight of the film is the music by director Midhun Mukundan, whose background score not only enhances the whole atmosphere but also haunts you. The three cinematographers — Abhishek Kasargod, Aravind Kashyap, and Abhin Rajesh — have fulfilled the director’s vision.
With TRPs as its subject, Alidu Ulidvaru will work well with viewers since it gives a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in the lives of anchors and reporters of various TV channels.