Telugu Review : Kiraak Movie Review - 1.0/5.0
Cast: Anirudh, Chandini
Direction: Harik Devabhaktuni
Duration: 2 hours 3 minutes
Rakesh, an ardent fan of Pawan Kalyan, falls in love with Amrutha. Both of them study in the same college and soon, Rakesh comes to know that Amrutha is a huge fan of Mahesh Babu. By the time he realises that even she's in love with him, he gets hold of a video camera, which changes his life forever.
Movie Review :
First things first, there's absolutely no connection between the film's title and the multiple stories it tries to narrate. It is one thing to have so called 'noble' intentions to make a film which throws light on a social issue, but that's no excuse when the filmmaker is clueless about what he's trying to say in the garb of entertainment. And the film's script is as terrible as it gets.
We have Rakesh (Anirudh), an ardent fan of Pawan Kalyan, who has the habit of both imitating and referring to Pawan Kalyan and his films in almost every frame. He wants to be a filmmaker, but his father shows no interest in his passion. One fine day, he meets Amrutha (Chandini), who also happens to study in the same college as he does. Soon, he realises that she's a big fan of Mahesh Babu; however, they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Rakesh's mother gifts him a video camera, much to his delight. When everything seems to be going fine, Rakesh figures out that the camera is haunted and the rest of the story is about the mystery surrounding the camera and how he solves it.
The sheer ridiculousness of the script leaves little scope to even understand the events that unfold on screen. Initially, it does seem like an ingenious idea that a video camera has a life of its own and it even shows footage of events which haven't happened. And just when you get interested in the proceedings, a ghost pops out of the camera and begins tormenting Rakesh and his friends. While a similar idea has been implemented in 'The Ring', instead of sending a chill down the spine these sequences turn out to be quite boring and laughable, to say the least. And then there's the whole aspect of paying ode to Pawan Kalyan and Mahesh Babu's stardom which gets little out of control in the first half.
There's absolutely no hint or thread which connects the story to its central theme and that's just one of the million other problems associated with the film. By the time the main concept is revealed, it's anybody's guess how a social issue about girl child safety found its way into the script. Perhaps, a two minute short film would have made more impact than spending nearly two hours to arrive at a conclusion in this particular context.
Newcomer Anirudh is at ease in his role in the first half of the film and then things go haywire, whereas Chandini is wasted in a poorly written role. The only silver lining in this film is the music by Ajay Arasada and one of the songs, Gaale is very well composed. In times like these, you find an insatiable urge to invent a time-machine just to go back in time and tell the writer-director Harik Devabhaktuni that he's got it all wrong, so that you wouldn't come out so exasperated at the end of the film. If ever Murphy's Law is applied to a film, Kiraak will be one of the top contenders.