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Githanjali

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08 Aug, 2014 2 hrs 25 mins A
Anjali, Srinivas Reddy, Brahmanandam
Anjali, Srinivas Reddy, Brahmanandam
Raaja Kiran
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Synopsis
The film begins with an interesting screenplay, but it takes a clichéd route to unravel the mystery.
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Story : Srinivas is an aspiring filmmaker, who comes to Hyderabad to make his dream come true. He meets his childhood friend Madhu and together, they move into a new house. And soon, he realises that the house is haunted. The rest of the story is about how Srinivas unravels the mystery behind the ghost in the house.

Movie Review : Githanjali is yet another spin off of Prema Katha Chitram, where a bunch of protagonists are haunted by a ghost; however, the film takes a different approach towards unraveling this mystery. If the first half of the film leaves you with a sense of deja vu about Prema Katha Chitram, the second half is thematically inspired from Om Shanti Om. Whether it was intentional or just a natural progression of the story, the similarities are too hard to miss.

We have Anjali, played by Anjali herself, who befriends Srinivas (Srinivas Reddy), on her way to Hyderabad. Srinivas is an aspiring filmmaker and he desperately tries to meet Dil Raju to narrate his story. Before he succeeds in his mission, he meets Arudra (Shakalaka Shankar) and Athreya (Satyam Rajesh), who introduce themselves as ghost writers in Dil Raju's team. When Srinivas moves in to a new flat, along with his childhood friend Madhu (Madhu Nandan), he's accompanied by Arudra and Athreya, who convince him saying its part of the process to know him better. One fine night, Anjali comes to their flat late in the night and soon, she becomes a regular visitor and in the process, Srinivas also discovers that the flat is haunted by a ghost.

Anjali, who played the lead role, has two different variations in the film; however, she fails to pack a punch when it matters. In one of the film's defining moments, despite her best efforts, Anjali's acting chops are overshadowed by tacky make-up and over the top special effects, whereas she's average at best throughout the film. Srinivas Reddy has put his heart and soul in to the film and he does succeed in making the audiences empathise with his role. The film's two best characters are played by Satyam Rajesh and Shakalaka Shankar, who hit all the right notes in the comedy department. Shakalaka Shankar in particular does a brilliant job in imitating RGV and it's a treat to watch him pull off gags effortlessly throughout the film. Apart from these actors, Madhu Nandan and Rao Ramesh have done a commendable job, whereas Harshavardhan Rane's cameo adds little value to the film. The much hyped Brahmanandam's role, as Shaitan Raj, fails to add zing to a lackluster second half.

Despite all the sharp writing in the first half, the film's major twist is revealed a tad too quickly and thereafter, the film loses its soul. The film begins with an interesting screenplay, but it takes a cliched route to unravel the mystery. In the end, the biggest mystery about this film is its second half, which isn't half as funny or scary as the first half promises to be.

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