A half lift off from 'Arundhathi', 'Kshetram' as a film fails to deliver anything spectacular that may attract any category of audience. The film manages to produce few thrilling moments but on the whole falls flat. Jagapathi Babu's comeback performance is something to look forward to besides Priyamani's first-time dual performance.
The film tracks the story of a never ending agenda of a family, the Rayulus, who for the last six years have failed to resurrect the idols of Lakshmi-Narasimha in the local temple. All members of the family, who have embarked on this mission, have been mysteriously killed over the years. Shyam is the youngest descendant of Rayulus family. He is in love with Sohini and decides to get married. They manage to convince their parents and eventually get married. However, when Shyam's family welcomes Sohini home, his father is shocked to know that the daughter-in-law resembles his late sister-in-law. Very soon, Sohini is responsible for a death in the family. Who does Sohini kill and why forms the rest of the story?
Every scene in the film is easy to predict because you've come across similar story in the past. Also, the director makes no attempt to actually throw in few elements that would actually make the film watchable. Instead, he paints the same old revenge drama; wherein you get to see a boring, jobless spirit who wants vendetta and nobody knows why. Seriously, don't spirits have any better job to do or why do we always resort to depicting vengeance through spirits, why not intelligently and differently for a change.
Priyamani may not have lived up to Anushka's level but certainly delivered her best. I suppose she must have definitely enjoyed working in this film, as it was different from her usual type of films. Kick fame Shyam, unlike his last film, comes with a full-length role that is sure to entertain one and all. Although, one might feel he may have underutilized; I sincerely feel it was the director who should be blamed for the same. JB's stands apart as usual in his cameo.
On the whole, the film is definitely not up to the mark and seems as though a khichdi of several films. The director smartly stole bits and pieces from many films but fails to execute intelligently, leaving the audience in disgust and sigh. Neither was the music appealing nor were other departments of the film. Thankfully, Brahmanadam keeps everybody active with his humor, however not for long.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
(1 / 5) : Poor