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Times of India
The film tells the story of a law student Keshava (Nikhil Siddhartha), who avenges the death of his family by killing the murderers despite suffering from a rare heart condition and leaves no clues behind. He is confronted by his childhood friend Sathyabhama (Ritu Varma) who joins the same law school as him and Keshava confesses his crimes. Meanwhile, the police department deploys a special officer Sharmila Mishra (Isha Koppikar) to nab the criminal and thwart more killings. Eventually Keshava gets apprehended by Sharmila and the movie picks up pace after that in the second half.
Keshava comes as an out-of-the box revenge drama that has hit the screens amidst huge anticipations. With a story line that is as simple as it could be, the movie’s screenplay has elevated the film to a whole new level. With a power-packed trailer, the movie has been successful in drawing large crowds to theaters on the first day.
Keshava will impress the audience right from its title credits and slowly transports them to a dark world of revenge and anguish. Without lengthy dialogues or redundant scenes, the movie consistently carries the pace and makes it an interesting watch.
On the flip side, a few irrational scenes will make you question the director’s vision as the plot delves into the climax. For example, which sane man, irrespective of how immoral he is, will remain seated in his car when the protagonist is pelting petrol packets on the vehicle trying to set it ablaze? Won’t you get down from it at the first instance? In Keshava, that’s not what happens. Also, you will stumble upon a repeat of a key scene from director Sukumar's '1 Nenokkadine' when the final twist is being revealed.
For Nikhil Siddharth, who has proven his mettle while selecting appropriate scripts, the film stands out as one of his best performances. Though he carries a single emotion throughout the film, it would be appreciated by the audience as he made it look utterly effortless.
Ritu Varma looks elegant and does her bit within the given space. Priyadarshi and Vennela Kishore along with Sudharshan and Satya manage to evoke a few laughs without disturbing the main narration.
Isha Koppikar makes a comeback to Telugu cinema in the role of an IPS officer and looked young and dashing. Her screen presence uplifts certain scenes, which is of course expected from the veteran. One of the key highlights of the movie is the background score and music. Both composers have excelled in their respective duties in enhancing the overall narration of the plot.
In a nutshell, Keshava easily slips into the category of a thriller and is a rather good attempt by the filmmakers.