Acharya Movie Review, US Premiere Updates, Report
2h 34m, Certified ‘U/A’.
What is the film about?
The temple city of Dharmasthali is under the tyrannical rule of Basava (Sonu Sood). Acharya (Chiranjeevi) comes unassumingly to the village, which does not oppose him. How does Acharya create fear in Basava? What is his connection to Siddha (Ram Charan) is the basic story of the film.
Megastar Chiranjeevi is known for his inimitable on-screen style and energy, no matter what role he tries out. Likewise, Koratala Siva is known for his unique hero characterization as seen in all of his films. In Acharya, Chiranjeevi molds him to be a hero of Koratala Siva. The result is that we see Megastar stripped of his usual energy and free flow.
Chiranjeevi is seen playing a passive-aggressive character in Acharya. The intensity is there (visible in the fights), but the energy is missing. When it encounters a routine and predictable scenario, there is virtually no impact. It’s as if Chiranjeevi goes from one action block to another with nothing exciting or fun to do in between. What we have at the end is a long-forgotten exit from the star.
Coming to Ram Charan, it appears in the second half and takes us back to the time of the Racha Trilogy. It’s not a bad performance but a perfectly routine act. One can see and feel the difference between his recent releases and Acharya. It’s definitely not a release to remember, especially after Rangasthalam and RRR.
Four old films, Koratala Siva, directs Acharya. In a short time, it has created a unique niche with its story, writing and presentation that sets it apart from the crowd.
Acharya takes Koratala Siva back to his Mirchi days. This is mainly due to the completely predictable scenario which lacks freshness. Remember that Mirchi was a made-to-kill plot dealing with an endless clash between two villages. What made the difference was the presentation and the writing. The hero looked very fashionable, and the mass elements worked exceptionally well. Koratala Siva tries the same with Acharya but fails on the script.
Acharya’s story is as predictable as it gets. We know from the introduction of Dharmasthali and Basava where this is heading. A “hero” enters space to save the day. Chiranjeevi is presented in a stylish avatar and does a fabulous action. However, when it comes to writing, Koratala Siva fails, and with it the element of freshness disappears.
A low-key Chiranjeevi with no depth of writing, a familiar story and formulaic phrasing make for a subpar first half. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this tests patience. The connecting tissue between sympathetic action sequences is missing. As a result, one is never really invested in the procedure, even when heavy actions occur.
Towards the interval there is some momentum and a surge of hope bearing in mind that the second half will see the presence of Ram Charan. We sincerely hope for a reinforcement of energy and strength in the second half.
Unfortunately, the second half goes deeper into the sewers. There’s virtually nothing memorable about either the writing or the performance. We have more problems thrown our way and the heroes fight through them and carry the message of ‘Dharma’.
Still, we wait patiently, hoping that there will still be some combined scenes between Chiranjeevi and Charan that will offer some respite. Unfortunately, Koratala Siva does not use them. Other than the brief snippet of the song “Bhanjara,” there is no interesting moment featuring the father and son duo.
The amusing banter between Chiranjeevi and Charan during the fight sequence shows how ignorant Koratala Siva is in the use of the star pair. It’s ridiculous in idea and terrible in execution.
The climax is long and the emotions feel like an endless saga. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a surprise if one decides to go out to the point of not waiting for the end of the film. It is tiring and taxing on patience.
Overall, Acharya is undoubtedly Koratala Siva’s weakest work by far. It fails to use the stars at its disposal and gives them lifeless, dull and tiresome cliche action drama. Even die-hard fans will find it hard to watch the movie in its entirety.
Interpretations by other actors
Other than Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan, there are hardly any roles worth mentioning. Everything is half cooked. No wonder Kajal’s part was removed entirely. Pooja Hegde, too, doesn’t have much to do other than appear as Charan’s love interest.
Sonu Sood is Acharya’s main villain. He is doing his usual and is doing well. Kishore, seen in a small role, is adequate. Vennela Kishore, Nassar and others are wasted on unimportant roles.
Music and other departments?
Mani Sharma’s music is quite ordinary. Except ‘Laahe Laahe’ and ‘Bhanjara’, there is nothing to mention. The senior musician has failed a lot in his comeback track with the greatest opportunity. But, the music isn’t the biggest disappointment; it is the background score in which the musician specializes. Maybe it’s the last-minute rush with post-production or some other technical issue; the BGM is disappointing and fails to lift the procedure. There is no top whatsoever.
Thiru’s cinematography is polished, capturing forest locations and lush greenery. The colors, with their dark hues, bring a unique texture to the unfolding. Navin Nooli’s editing is correct. The VFX work is poor and gives a tacky vibe to the part-procedure. So much has been said about the artwork, but there is hardly any feeling of an inhabited village. We can feel the artificial environment throughout.
Some action blocks
Boring formal narrative
Like many other films before it, Acharya itself feels like a reworking of a film in another language. In this case, it seems to be loosely inspired by the Bollywood movie, Farishtay.
Did I enjoy?
Will you recommend it?
Acharya movie review by Mirchi9
Koratala Siva fails spectacularly! Despite having a rare combo and two big stars at his disposal, he fails to deliver a half-decent moment involving the two. An outdated story and poor writing make it hard for Acharya to watch a movie in its entirety.
– ‘Bhale Bhale Banjara’ doesn’t have crazy visuals, but the Chiru-Charan duo pull off a visual feast with their simple yet graceful steps.
— Acharya’s second half has begun. Siddha (Ram Charan) is a great believer in ‘Dharma’.
First semester report:
A few blocks away, the first half of Acharya tests patience due to Chiranjeevi’s lack of aggression. A lot of heavy work needs to be done in the second half, with the job now falling squarely on Ram Charan.
– Ram Charan gives a very brief introduction as a Siddha. That’s all for the moment.
— The temple city Dharmasthali is under the atrocities of Basava (Sonu Sood). Acharya started to straighten things out.
— Laahe Laahe is the first song in Acharya. Megastar’s graceful footsteps do the trick for Manisharma’s typical melody number.
— Acharya takes off at Dharmasthali. Mahesh Babu opens the show with his voiceover.
— Acharya Streaming Partner: Amazon Prime Video
Acharya Review, US premiere updates will begin soon. Stay tuned.
Megastar Chiranjeevi’s long-delayed film Acharya is finally ready to hit screens on April 29th. The specialty of the film is the first combination with his son Ram Charan under the direction of Koratala Siva.
Usually, Acharya will be considered a hit outing on the strength of the suit alone. However, the delay and release of Pan-India films before him took away a lot of the shine. Acharya is now looking at a reasonably good opening at best.
What is up for grabs for Acharya has to do with his long term. This means that the discourse he gets becomes critical. If positive, it is likely to be the new non-RRR hit. It also means a 100Cr hat trick to share movies for Megastar Chiranjeevi.
However, Rajamouli’s hero feeling sets in as almost everyone failed after achieving success with the star director. Charan had an Orange if you remember. Can he overcome the feeling with Acharya must be seen.
In short, it’s Chiranjeevi and Koratala Siva’s hit streak against Rajamouli’s sentiment. Acharya’s largest USP is therefore the center of attention.
Mani Sharma provides music to Acharya. Matinee Entertainment and Konidela Productions are jointly producing the large-scale biggie. Pooja Hegde will be seen in an extended supporting role opposite Ram Charan.
As always, Mirchi9 will give you a sincere and honest Acharya “First-On-Net” review. Watch this space for our updates.