Andavaada Movie Review: This film on an unspoken topic needs better performance
An ambitious romantic drama that loses track due to underwhelming acting
Letting go of someone you love is the theme of director Chala's Andavaada. Artha aka Ammu (Anusha Ranganath) and Mona (Jai) are childhood friends. Their familial situations force them to move apart and live in different places. They finally meet after 10 years and rekindle their childhood memories. Ammu lives in an imaginary world and she's mostly detached from reality. Mona starts developing feelings on Ammu, but, takes time to express it. Meanwhile, Ammu’s sudden disappearance puzzles him and he finally gets to know the real truth behind it.
Cast: Anusha Ranganath and Jai
How both of them succumb to the circumstances, and how they let go off each other forms the rest of the tale. Chala addresses sensitive issues like being a part of a person fighting disease and shows how negligence by doctors can cut short a person’s lifespan. However, the delicate subject lacks execution and fails to leave an impact.
The story centres around Anusha Ranganath and the actor majorly delivers a subtle performance. It’s Jai’s first film, and he hardly makes his presence felt. Since it is a rare subject, the film would've worked better if it had stronger performances. Songs, composed by Vikram Varnam, feels excess and they only increase the runtime of the film.
But Hareesh N Sondekoppa's cinematography gives a soothing feel to the eyes. While working on such topics, directors need a better focus and sensible writing.