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Semma Botha Aagatha Movie Review

Semma Botha Aagatha Movie Review

Production: Atharvaa, KiickAss Entertainment Cast: Anaika Soti, Atharvaa, John Vijay, K.Karunakaran, Mishti Direction: Badri Venkatesh Screenplay: Badri Venkatesh Story: Badri Venkatesh Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja Background score: Yuvan Shankar Raja Cinematography: Gopi Amarnath

Atharvaa’s debut production Semma Botha Aagathey directed by Badri Venkatesh finally released today. The film has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, cinematography by Gopi Amarnath, and is edited by Praveen KL. It stars Atharvaa in the lead role with Anaika Soti and Mishti playing the supporting characters. Read ahead to find out how the film has fared.

Semma Botha Aagathey is most fun in the scenes that involve the dead body. Badri Venkatesh keeps throwing in situations that complicate the hero’s efforts – the neighbour he takes to the hospital dies, so there’s no way the body can be brought out of the flat and disposed. And the neighbour’s family wants to use his kitchen as they have run out of LPG cylinder. This provides some of the film’s best laughs as we see Nandhu, who is holding fort in the apartment while Ramesh is trying to track down the killer, finds himself having to share a loft with the dead body even as the neighbour’s relative (Manobala) chooses to use the place as a bar. Karunakaran is very good in these scenes and his one-liners frequently have us laughing out loud.

Meanwhile, Ramesh’s search for the real killer takes him to Palakkad. These stretches are somewhat routine as we get some revelations – the ill-gotten cash and documents of a politician that have disappeared, his men who are trying to track them down and Neena’s role in the whole affair.

Ramesh (Atharvaa), after breaking up with his girlfriend, gets drunk and decides to call in a sex worker (Anaika Soti) and gets tangled between a host of problems that exist in her life. How he traces back to the root cause of all the issues and works his way out of the issue is what SBA is all about.

The initial 20 minutes of the film attracts some attention as the plot-line projected seems gripping. But from there, it is a downfall as the screenplay doesn’t create any curiosity thereon. There are some unnecessary song sequences in the first half which act as speed breakers in the screenplay. Many dialogues seem force-fitted and out of context. Actor Karunakaran plays Nandhu, Atharvaa’s best friend and manages to gather a few laughs here and there. Certain comedy sequences seem very outdated and might excite a very small section of the audience.

There’s a love track in the film, which takes a completely different tangent from the crux of the movie. There is a total deviation from the plot of the film caused by the romantic angle and the comical scenes that take place between Karunakaran, Manobala, Devadarshini & Chetan. The villains also don’t add any interest to the screenplay. The performances from the majority of actors seem very superficial and do not help the engagement much.

When the screenplay fails to engage much, the music is expected to take the driver’s seat, but in this case, it doesn’t work in favor of the story. Praveen KL’s editing is not fresh and the transitions seem desperate, which fail to compliment the cinematography. Overall, though the pace picks up in the second half, the use of cinematic liberties and illogical sequences makes Semma Botha Aagathey an unappealing watch.

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