Ardha Shatabdham Review - Story:
Krishna(Karthik) a resident of Siricilla falls in love with Pushpa(Krishna Priya) right in his schooling days. But sadly for him, Pushpa doesn’t reciprocate similar feelings. Incidentally, all hell breaks loose after Krishna’s friends devise a plan to bring the couple together. What follows is a violent tale of caste politics and honour killings.
Ardha Shatabdham Review - Analysis:
From the story standpoint, Ardha Shathabdham has equal doses of action, gore and love drama. It unravels the social stigmas clawing a small village in the early 2000s. The one-sided love track between the lead pair fuels the already devastating caste politics in the area. We have seen a quite a few films with a similar plot line in the recent past.
Ardha Shathabdham really is a tale of two halves but sadly in this case, both the halves lack any novelty and authenticity. The film is filled with unnecessary action blocks which lack any emotional backing. Firstly, the love track between the lead pair itself is farcical. The director Rawindra emphasises on presenting the violent side of the villagers rather than establishing the core conflict point. All we see is random villagers stabbing and hacking their rival groups to death.
The subplots are alienated and don’t have any real connection with the actual storyline. A police officer awaits orders from superiors while a village in his jurisdiction is being burnt to the ashes, owing to casteism. Threads like these are a big no-no for a rustic actioner.
The story arc is inexistant, owing to the incoherent screenplay. Also, the factionism angle in the story looks forced. It doesn’t gel with the narrative.
Karthik Rapolu is a good performer and he puts in his best efforts to portray a stereotypical role. Krishna Priya as the female lead is decent. Naveen Chandra, Ajay, and Sai Kumar do justice to their roles. But the character establishment is abysmal. Music is kind of okayish but Nawfal Raja’s background score is excellent. Cinematography is very impressive. The essence of a village in united Andhra Pradesh in the early 2000s is showcased quite well thanks to excellent visual presentation.
Ardha Shatabdham Review - Verdict:
Ardha Shathabdham is a tedious and incoherent tale of a village clawed by honour killings. It doesn’t pack the desired impact to make for a compelling watch.