Movie Review: Panchathantram
Director: Harsha Pulipaka
Producer: Akhilesh Vardhan, Srujan
Music: Shravan Bharadwaj, Prashanth R Vihari
Starring: Brahmanandam, Rahul Vijay, Swathi Reddy,Naresh Agastya, Divya Sripada, Samuthirakani, Shivathmika Rajasekhar, Vikas, Aadarsh Balakrishna, Sri Vidya Maharshi
Release date: 9th December 2022
Panchathantram Movie Review : Brahmanandam, Swathi Reddy, Samuthirakani, Rahul Vijay, and others starrer Panchathantram has hit the theaters today. Let’s see how it is.
Story: A retired employee Veda Vyas Murthy (Brahmanandam) starts his career as a writer at the age of sixty and tries to start a new phase in his life. In this sequence, Murthy participates in a storytelling competition, in which he narrates five stories. He chooses the concept of five senses as the theme for those five stories. Listening to the theme of the first story, it is the story of a frustrated software engineer essayed by Naresh Agastya. The theme of the second story is taste, which has Rahul Vijay – Shivatmika in pivotal roles. What happened in the life of a man who was looking for a perfect life partner?, And the theme of the third story is Smell, Samudrakhani appeared in this story. The theme of the fourth story is Touch, an emotional story about a husband and wife essayed by Vikas Muppala & Divya Sripada. Finally, the theme of 5th story is sight – it is the story of a story teller named Lekha essayed by Swathi Reddy.
· Emotional and heart-touching
· Slow-paced anthology
Performance: The entire film runs on Brahmanandam’s character stage play but his role is limited. He gives a good performance in this film. He does a nice job as a narrator. Swathi Reddy, Sivatmika, Samudrakhani, Divya Sripada, Attaj, Adarsh Balakrishna, Rahul Vijay play key roles and entertaine the viwers. In the last story by Swathi Reddy, some emotions touch viwers’ heart. The last episode has a good message about having confidence in oneself irrespective of the challenges people go through, which is impressive.
Technical: Harsha Pulipaka has done justice to this film as a director and writer. Panchathantram is beautifully crafted with a good story and interesting characters. The background music of Panchathantram is amazing. The cinematography by Raj K Nalli is good. Editing could have been better. Producers Srujan and Akhilesh should be congratulated for making such a movie. Their production design is also impressive.
Analysis: Panchatantram which is a collection of five stories, impresses a section of the audience. Despite having a good concept, it is not presented in an engaging manner. Panchatantram is a slow-paced anthology.