Kodi Ramakrishna is back with ‘Arundhathee’, a fantasy thriller that deal with the story of the evil forces, rebirth and revenge. The movie has an enthralling script, excellent performances and amazing visual effects that would keep the audiences interest intact through out the fare.
The storyline goes like this: Arundhathee (Anushka) is the great grand daughter of the Kandarva Kottai Maharaja. The family arranges for her wedding with her lover (Deepak). One day, Arundhathee gets a call from Deepak who wants her to come to the fort of Kandarva Kottai. The visit gives her a horrible experience. Worse, she finds that it was not her lover who called her. She sees some mysterious things happening around her. What is the reason behind them>
Learning the story from her servant (Manorama), Arundhathee comes to know that she is the rebirth of her great grandmother Jekkamma (Anushka), who punished an evil force named Pasupathy (Sonu Sood).
Jekkamma was an expert in painting, dancing and fighting. She punishes her sister’s husband Pasupathi, who was a womanizer, and throws him out of the country. When everyone thought that Pasupathy was dead, he was actually saved by ‘Aghoras’, who served the devils. Pasupathi acquires immense powers by intense practice comes to Kandarva Kottai to take revenge on Jekkamma.
Jekkamma shrewdly cuts off his tongue and buries him alive in a tomb. However, Pasupathy with full of vengeance ceases to calm down. He comes out of the tomb to take revenge on Arundhathee.
How Arundhathi, with the help of a Fakir (Sayaji Shinde) settles the account after three generations forms the rest of the story.
Anushka, who hitherto considred as a glam doll, carries the film on her slender shoulders gracefully. Her performance of this beautiful girl is outstanding. The way she transforms from an ordinary girl to that of determined warrior Jakkamma is awesome.
Sonu Sood, as a baddie is quite impressive though his character is not etched well. Shayaji Shinde renders a powerful performance. Manorama and Sathyanarayana do their jobs neatly.
To get graphics works right is a must for such movies and Rahul Nambiar has done a marvelous job. Raja Marthand’s crisp editing makes the movie look slick. The grandeur shows in each scene particularly the palace, jewellery and costumes are astounding.
Cinematography by K Senthil Kumar is quite good. He has captured the grandeur of the palace and the mystery of the fort with amazing credibly.
Koti’s music is effective and the background score is apt for a thriller. The songs in Tamil do not sound alien even as the Tamil dubbing is made with perfection.
Arundhathee does suffer from a lengthy second half. The proceeding leading to the climax looks stretched beyond a point. Barring such minor problems, Arundhathee has come out as an engaging movie that provides entertainer.