`Shivamani`: Rich production values, poor content (IANS Film Review)
"Shivamani" has been designed
as a masala entertainer to cater to the tastes of the mass audience. Debutant
director Amarnath has filled this film with loads of commercial ingredients to
make it appealing to what the film trade often describe as B and C centres.
However Amarnath is unable to create a right tone for making an enjoyable
commercial entertainer mainly because he has utterly failed in his
responsibilities as writer and director.
"Shivamani" goes haywire from the word go. The producers of the film
have made huge investments to make this film, and each sequence comes out with
rich production values.
But what is the use of spending money recklessly on production values when the
story and screenplay is so weak. With in a few sequences of the film, it becomes
clear that Amarnath is thoroughly incompetent to handle a film to be made in a
big span. The film does not have a good beginning, its interval point is shoddy
and even the climax sequence looks very pale.
The support of his technical crew notwithstanding, Amarnath has not cared to put
his house in order. To begin with the story written by him lacks freshness and
is totally illogical. And he has followed a pattern of narration that is more
than four decades old.
The villains in the film look crude and scream all the times. Rather than
tickling funny bones, the comedy sequences involving villains is quite
irritating and showcases the poor taste of the director.
The director has tried to stretch the sentimental factor in the second half, but
it fails to make any impact with the audience.
Shivamani shows his violent streaks whenever he comes across harassment of
innocent people and exploitation of women. He is in love with his college friend
Shruthi who likes Shivamani`s daring acts in helping poor and defenceless
people. Shivamani takes on rowdy elements in his college which angers the city`s
Then Shivamani comes to know that he is an orphan and brought up by a good
Samaritan. He comes across a couple who is in search of their long lost son.
Shivamni finds his parents and later he also vanquishes the villains.
Such stories have been seen in thousands of films, but Amarnath could have been
little innovative in his presentation. But he is totally ill equipped to do a
fair job despite Sree Venkat`s attractive photography and debutant Veer
Samarth`s good song compositions.
It is better not to watch a film like "Shivamani".