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Times of India
Vikas, in his debut directorial attempt, has proved that he can be part of the list of talented directors in Sandalwood. Armed with an excellent screenplay, Vikas has succeeded in keeping the audiences on the edge of their seats with a narration filled with dramatic sequences. The story is all about how our hero fights tantrics who usurp the land on which his mother wanted to build a temple. Perhaps, the director can think of trimming the climax.
The story focuses on a clash between Jayamma (Kalyani), who wants to build a temple on a piece of land, and a Rakthaksha (Raghav Uday), a tantrik, who wants to build a 'bali peetha' (place to offer sacrifice). The rivalry turns ugly with the tantric, known for black magic, taking a pledge that he would sacrifice Jayamma for the bali peetha. The reason is that his father Katera had died in the clash Rakthaksha had not buried his father's body thinking that his soul is still alive. But Naga (Vijay), Jayamma's son who comes to know of the entire story which happened when he was still in his mother's womb, decides to take on Rakthaksha. How does he do it? It is full of dramatic turns and twists till the end. There is black magic, sacrifice, people possessed by evil spirits, ghosts that culminate in the climax.
It's totally a different role for Vijay where he shines as a lover boy in the first half and as an action hero in the second half. Dr Bharathi presents a lively picture of her role with poise. It's Kalyani who gives life to the entire story with her brilliant characterisation as Vijay's mother. Ragha Uday as tantrik is simply superb (thanks to brilliant dubbing by RJ Sudheendra). It's not the role that Rangayana Raghu ever shines. Editor Sanath Suresh has done a perfect job with music director Arjun Janya giving some lovely tunes. Sugnan, with beautiful camera work, has added value to the story.