Yuddham Sharanam: An uninspiring tale
Aside from some endearing family emotions, this blend of emotion and action, doesn’t offer anything new to the audience
Telugu audience have been longing to watch different cinema, and fortunately, their prayers have been answered in recent times with a slew of refreshing entertainers like Ghazi, Fidaa, Nene Raju Nene Mantri and Arjun Reddy. After experiencing such exciting films for weeks now, it's reasonable to expect our filmmakers to keep giving us interesting movies. But, like the rain playing spoilsport in a tense India- Pakistan cricket match, some stale dramas ruin the fun and the excitement of the audience with uninspiring and unconvincing narratives. And this Friday is no different as we get an uncommon revenge drama in Yuddham Sharanam which manages to thrill only to a certain extent.
Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Lavanya Tripathi, Rao Ramesh and Revathi
Direction: Krishna Marimuthu
Arjun, a drone manufacturer lives with his parents, who are good samaritans. Naturally, he is shattered when he learns that his parents go missing on their 30th wedding anniversary for as-yet-unknown-reasons, and from then, things go very awry for Arjun.
Yuddham Sharanam is a blend of emotion and action. While director Krishna Marimuthu succeeds in showcasing the emotional aspects effectively, he falters big time in handling the action part. Every scene is dark, menacing and has a slight air of insanity about it. The major issue with Yuddham Sharanam is that it doesn't hold any interest, and rather follows the age-old formula of a crooked politician who plans to create panic in the city with the help of a dreaded gangster, just to divert the attention of the people. The film's conflict fails to hit home due to the amateurish direction and contrived narration. Instead the film turns into an over-complicated plot that fails to engage us.
The first hour is arguably the best part of the film. It gives you a sense of belonging, owing to the memorable performances of Rao Ramesh and Revathi. A particular scene where Rao Ramesh likens his conflict with his son to entertainment, and another instance when Arjun sends a drone with a blood bag and medicines to an ambulance stuck in a traffic jam, sets the tone of this hour. But the overdose of violence evokes boredom, and leaves the audience craving comic relief in the second hour.
Naga Chaitanya’s role has similarities to his earlier outing Sahasam Swasaga Saagipo. He is perfect as the revenge-seeking youngster. Srikanth’s role lacks depth and fails to create any impact. Lavanya has a mediocre role and no scope to perform. Murali Sharma’s performance appears forceful and Ravi Varma passes the muster. Vivek Sagar’s music and background score are an asset, and the cinematography by Niketh Bommireddy is equally good.
Despite some captivating performances, Yuddham Sharanam lacks cohesion. Except for some endearing family emotions, the film doesn’t offer anything new to the audience.