Aranya Review: Solid message told in an unengaging way!
Aranya is the multi-lingual film starring the Pan-India actor Rana Daggubati with his first outing with director Prabhu Solomon leading from the front.
Sensational actor Rana Daggubati teamed up with Tamil filmmaker Prabhu Solomon and prestigious production house Eros International for the film 'Aranya'. Scheduled to have a release in multiple languages, the film has got a lot of interesting elements. The trailer raised a curiosity when it's out. The film was supposed to hit the screens last year but due to the pandemic, it was postponed. Aranya released today and it features Rana Daggubati as a Forest Man.
Coming to the film's story, Aranya is a reality check aimed at everyone in the society about the conservation of Forests. Rana Daggubati played Aranya, the Forest man of India, in the film. Aranya's great grandfathers donated their lands to the government but the government leases the land to a real estate firm for having a gated community. Aranya and the nearby villagers oppose the plan but the real estate company moves ahead by framing Aranya as a mentally retarded person. However, after returning from the mental asylum, what did Aranya do to save the Forests? Forms the film's story.
Storywise, the key point of the movie is very noble. There are multiple interesting elements in the film. The film has got a lot of potentials to motivate and provoke thoughts in the audiences. But, the director failed in doing that. The narration is absolutely weak. The film starts off well but it falls flat after it reaches a point. The first half of the film is good in parts but the second half is a mix of multiple flaws. The second half of the movie has got many scenes that lack logic. At the same time, the second half does not convey the actual point of the film. The emotional scenes that were supposed to touch the audiences will also go down in a comic manner. The film is dull in many aspects, just like the narration. The screenplay is unengaging too. Vishnu Vishal's track and the Naxals track hardly make any impression.
Performances-wise, except Rana, nobody has delivered the best. There are a lot of unknown faces in the film, for the Telugu audiences. Vishnu Vishal hardly makes any impression. His performance is just okay. Ananth Mahadevan is good in his role and a relief from the usual villains that we see in our movies. Zoya Hussain's role is also inadequate. She is just there but hardly has any importance. Shriya Pilgaonkar tries to make her presence felt but unfortunately, she does not get the right scope to perform. All the roles are weakly written except the one that Rana played in the film.
Technically, the film is good. The camera work is exceptional. The editing work is decent. The VFX could have been much better. The dialogues are very good. The background score elevated the film perfectly. The sound design is good.
On the whole, Aranya comes up with an important message to protect put forests. The message is loud and clear that we, humans are spoiling nature and should realize how it is important for other animals on the planet to live here. However, the message is not conveyed properly. For the efforts of Rana, the film is a one-time watch by ignoring a few shortcomings.