Rating: * 1/2
She has been a top heroine of Telugu and Tamil movies and the success of "Arundhati" has skyrocketed her stature in the industry. Her recent film "Panchakshari" is largely influenced by "Arundhati" in the way the script has been written and the way incidents of the past mix with the present.
But director Samudra is not Kodi Ramakrishna, who has specialised in making films like "Arundhati" or has the capabilities of making a fully engaging commercial film. Samudra`s track record has been inconsistent so far and he has once again failed with "Panchakshari" that has Anushka in a double role.
The main problem with "Panchakshari" is its flawed narration and hackneyed script written by Samudra himself. He has included some silly comedy elements that mars the film`s quality.
Samudra`s lacklustre and unimaginative direction is in full evidence in many sequences. In one of the scenes Anushka and her imaginary lover are burnt alive and there is not even a scream that is heard. Despite directing many films so far, it seems Samudra has not learnt any lessons from his past mistakes.
"Panchakshari" revolves around an ambitious business woman Honey who runs her own firm. But she is anti-marriage and for her parents` peace of mind she lies to them saying she is seeing someone. The family members are surprised when the same person lands up at their doorstep.
Meanwhile, in another place there is a Honey lookalike called Panchakshari - a much revered woman who gets killed by criminals pursuing a treasure. It`s left to Honey take revenge from those who killed Panchakshari.
The story has a lot of similarities with "Arundhati", but Anushka, who looked brilliant in "Arundhati", has given inconsistent performance in "Panchakshari". She impresses as Panchakshari, but is not up to the mark in the role of Honey.
Samrat comes off well in expressions and can be groomed. Veteran character artists like Nasser and Pradeep Rawat look convincing in their respective roles. Though there is lot of scope for comedy sequences, the film suffers from overacting from even veteran comedy artists like Brahmanandam and Telangana Shakuntala.
The music by Chinna is ordinary, but the camera work is much better. Noted editor Marthand Venkatesh has nothing much to do in elevating the film marred by an erratic script.
"Panchakshari" is like a crude attempt to copy the hugely successful "Arundhati" and director Samudra spoils the show.
Thiruvananthapuram, June 13 (IANS) Veteran film director Shaji N. Karun is set to make a full length documentary on master painter M.F. Husain.
Speaking to IANS, Shaji as he is popularly known, said that
he has spoken to the 94-year-old legendary artist, who has agreed for it.
"The documentary would begin in October and is slated for release next year. We are soon going to meet. More details can be revealed after we meet," said Shaji.
"The initial work for the documentary has begun and mind you this is a really tough one. The duration of the documentary would be more than an hour and some Dubai-based people who do not wish to be identified are the producers of the documentary," added Shaji.
Shaji began his career as a cinematographer and later turned to direction and his very first film "Piravi", released in 1989, won him the prestigious Camera d`Or - Mention d`honneur at the Cannes Film Festival.
He has directed five films in Malayalam and has to his credit five national awards.
His last film was "Kutty Srank" with superstar Mammootty and is ready for release next month.
Husain, who has been under attack from Hindu fundamentalists for his paintings of Hindu goddesses, has been living in Dubai and London for a long time now.
He was conferred Qatari citizenship this year.