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Antariksham Review: An Intriguing Space Film Which Could Have Been Even Better
Oh! Look at the moon! A nursery rhyme. Chandmama Raave Jaabilli Raave. A Telugu song crooned by mothers while feeding their babies. A father shows the stars to his young child who is inquisitive about the smallness of the stars and the largeness of the Moon. The moon changes the shape every day. The Sun appears only on the days. The stars form different shapes. Like the Saptarshi, a trapezium with a tail. There's the milky-way where everything that relates to us, the Sun, the planets, like everything dwells.
Space always attract men. Stories about space always satiate the wondrous thirst for imagination. Man always wanted to find how this universe is created/formed. Films about space, when made well, became classics. When films like Gravity, Interstellar, Oblivion etc. come, we always wonder why such films are not made by our filmmakers.
Now, the man who told the unknown story India's submarine victory over Pakistan's Ghazi has come up with a sterling story of space. It's not a space opera with fake science. A pure science fiction.
The story of Antariksham revolves around how the disaster of communication loss is averted by Indian space scientists when a satellite loses its path. Indian Satellite Mihira is malfunctioning. There is a high probability that it bombards with other satellites when may create a big international disaster. All the communication systems on the Earth will be blown off.
Indian Space Organization chairman acts quickly to avert the disaster. But the satellite coding could be altered by only one person, Dev. Who is Dev? Dev was one of the highly talented Indian Space Scientists. It is 5 years since he left space research and went into anonymity.
Now, the task of getting him back on track in order to help save India from blushes falls on another space scientist Riya. How Dev along with the help of other astronauts repair Mihira? Why he went into anonymity in the first place leaving a life work of research form the rest of the story.
Writing and direction
First things first. Sankalp Reddy is a precious talent who should be appreciated to no end for coming up with highly different concepts for his film. Making a space film on such a low budget and make it work need a lot of guts and creative powers. But where he succeeded in the time of Ghazi, it is where he failed with Antariksham. While the story of Ghazi was a victorious campaign, Antariksham was a disaster aversion.
Also to in order to add depth to the film, he made the hero go into hiding teaching science lessons to school kids. The reason for this is inspired by Hollywood movies where the hero has to be convinced to come out of anonymity to save the day. Dev's life turned upside down when his love of life Parvati died. It is during the time he is sending Viprayaan into the moon orbit.
The personal loss resulted in his failure with Viprayaan and he was dismissed from the organization by the chairman who blamed Dev for the death of his daughter Parvati and the failure of the satellite. But how can a man who failed with his dream project is expected to save the day with an even bigger task? Choosing dramatic convenience instead of commonsense, Sankalp Reddy failed to do justice to the story dynamics.
Another potential problem with the screenplay is once Mihira is rescued, ho goes to Moon in order to look after Viprayaan. Granted. It is his baby. But the story is about averting the potential disaster of Mihira. Not about Viprayaan. A small change in the story dynamics or even an adjustment in the screenplay would have made the film even more intriguing.
Rather than having Varun Tej's Dev as a crybaby, the director would have made him a shrewd character in the following way. Dev was robbed of the chance to make Viprayaan work by the dismissal. Now, when the same organization which disowned him after a disaster has come for his help.
He calmly goes into space with other astronauts but then instead of working on Mihira, he escapes getting near Viprayaan. When the chairman comes into the line he could have come up with the proposal: I will help you only after my personal mission is done. With no other option, the chairman would grudgingly have allowed Dev to work on both Viprayaan and Mihira.
Then there would have been more tension in the screenplay. With time running out, the hero who completed his personal mission would have rushed to save the day for the organization. But the problem with our filmmakers is they won't resort to giving the heroes in their stories such personal first motives. Because of this, Antariksham got two climaxes which spoiled some of the fun. Even the moon landing is not shown with the excitement it deserves.
Leaving aside the screenplay, the film is still interesting with an unseen intriguing story. Varun Tej did complete justice to the role of Dev. If only he is made an active character rather than a crybaby, the film would have been more exciting. He looked the part and exuded the intelligent on the screen. Aditi Rao Hydari is excellent in the role of Riya. Her screen presence is very apt for the role of such high intelligence. Srinivas Avasarala is good in his role. Rahman who played the chairman has done a decent job but he hasn't got the screen presence required for a character which runs a world-class space research center.
The music by Prashanth R. Vihari is terrific. But certain background score tracks are heavily inspired by Hollywood films. The songs are good and came as a refreshing change from the monotonous narration. The cinematography is first rate. Production values by Krish and his team is top-notch. The editing could have been done better. But to be frank, Sankalp Reddy could have got it right with the story dynamics itself.
Antariksham is a wonderful effort in any case. Thinking big and executing it well on the screen is very tough. For that Sankalp Reddy should be patted on the shoulder. The first half mostly used as the setup and the second half has the intriguing space travel and the scenes in the outer space.
With a stellar effort by both behind and in front of the camera, the movie is a breath of fresh air and is truly a different and new-age cinema. If only the screenplay is taken proper care of, Antariksham would have turned out to be a once in a generation film. You can watch it without any problem. The reason for the nitpicking about the screenplay is: this reviewer wants to see great films from Tollywood. Simple.
- The story that happens in space
- Intriguing narration
- Varun Tej and Aditi Rai performances
- A better screenplay with an active hero would have taken this film to another level.
Pycker Rating: 2.75 out of 5
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No e movie for whom they love space
Antariksham, Telugu Cinema’s first space drama which is made on a low budget has finally made it to the screens today. The trailer of Antariksham has received a mixed response but the conflict point of Varun’s character and the decent attempt by the director Sankalp Reddy has created a buzz around the movie. The audience have given a thumbs up to the film terming it as one of the daring attempts made by the producers.
Though the narration of the film is slow, Sankalp Reddy is said to have done a good job in keeping the audience engaged. His direction is being praised by one and all. Varun Tej seems to have given a decent performance and the actresses Aditi Rao Hydari and Lavanya compliment him. The overall response from the public talk of Antariksham is pretty decent.
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What is Antariksham About?
Antariksham is the dream of a youngster. Or rather youngsters. A team assembled by a young filmmaker with a vision is coming up with the first proper space film in Telugu. Sankalp Reddy made what was thought of as impossible (a submarine movie) possible with Ghazi. The movie about not that known victory by the Indian Navy was immortalized with that film. Now, the same Sankalp Reddy turned his attention to Space. Antariksham 9000 KMPH is easily the most anticipated Telugu movie in the final month of 2018. A lot is riding on this film.
Varun Tej who has made himself a name with a variety of genres stars in this new-age Telugu film. The story of Antariksham revolves around the malfunctioning satellite Mihira which is going to cause the loss of communication all over the world. The satellite Mihira is losing its speed every minute at the rate of two km per a day. It takes the highly talented Dev who is an expert coder when it comes to satellites and Riya who later go into space. But they themselves fall into a hopeless situation. With Dev promising India is not going to lose this, hope still flickers.
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A one of a kind experience
True science fiction films in India are quite rare. When it comes to space films, we cannot even use all our fingers to count the number. Sankalp Reddy dared to touch a subject that requires a lot of finesse in filmmaking. The ambitious young director roped in the Mega prince Varun Tej who just scored back to back super hits. A story that majorly happens in the outer space, satellite communications, prestigious project, and finally the goosebump giving patriotic moments. All packaged into a world-class sci-fi thriller. Intriguing.
Varun Tej and Aditi Rao Hydari
Mega prince Varun Tej has been building his career in a way different from the curent generation of young star heroes. He gives importance to the concept as much as heroism. His selection of films say a lot about the top star in the making. Antariksham is a movie every Telugu movie buff is proud of. Varun Tej's Dev is a dream role for many. Even Ram Charan said on the stage that he envies Varun Tej for landing in this role.
Aditi Rao Hydari stole the hearts of Telugu audience with her royal grace in Sammohanam. She truly mesmerized many youngsters with her charm and won over the critics with her stand out performance. She plays the role of Riya, an astronaut in the movie and teams up with Varun Tej's character Dev to save the world from a catastrophe.
Team assembled by Krish and Co.
Director Krish has time and again made Telugu Cinema proud with the films he directed and produced. For Antariksham he assembled a top-notch team. We have seen the vision of director Sankalp Reddy in Ghazi. His sure-handed direction not only won the audience acclaim but also brought Tollywood a coveted National Award.
The music by Prashanth R. Vihari is already a hit with the audience and from what little we have seen from the promo material, we can safely assume that his score will lift the movie to another level. Gnanasekhar's visuals in the trailer are first rate. Kartika Srinivas is known for slick editing. All in all, Antariksham promises to be a great cinematic experience for the Tollywood audience.
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