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Kshanam

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26 Feb, 2016 2 hrs U/A
Adivi Sesh, Adah Sharma, Baby Dolly, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Satya Dev Kancharana, Satyam Rajesh, Vennela Kishore, Ravi Varma
Adivi Sesh, Adah Sharma, Baby Dolly, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Satya Dev Kancharana, Satyam Rajesh, Vennela Kishore, Ravi Varma
Ravikanth Perepu
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Synopsis: There is substance. There are thrills. And more importantly there’s an accomplished effort to give the viewer something new. Kshanam is a film you most definitely shouldn’t miss; afterall it’s not every day that you get to experience something meaningful yet exciting in Telugu cinema.
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  • Times of India
Synopsis: There is substance. There are thrills. And more importantly there's an accomplished effort to give the viewer something new. Kshanam is a film you most definitely shouldn't miss; afterall it's not every day that you get to experience something meaningful yet exciting in Telugu cinema.

Movie Review: In this every Friday clutter of masala flicks that treat you to run-of-the-mill stories with unoriginal ideas, Kshanam is quite a refreshing offering. Perhaps, that's because this film isn't about stars, big budgets or meeting audiences' expectations. Instead, this film comes across as a sincere effort to tell a story with an engaging narrative, and works wonders, especially considering it is directed by a debutant, Ravikanth Perepu.

There are two extremely likable things about the film. One, the screenplay - we are taken into a skillfully weaved parallel narrative from two different points in the lives of Rishi (Adivi Sesh) and Shweta (Adah Sharma), of their college and then from the present day. Moving back and forth in the timeline, the director gives us a series of nerve-racking moments and a plethora of terrific twists and turns leaving us in awe each time they surface. Ravikanth manages to give the story (written by Adivi Sesh) a character in terms of the way he describes it to the viewer, keeping us glued to the seats. And the moments just before the interval leave you confused and in disbelief. This debutant is definitely a talent to watch out for.

Two, amazing performances by the entire cast. When was the last time you saw Satyam Rajesh (he is the biggest surprise of the film) and Vennela Kishore in a meaningful role instead of being reduced to the cliched comic sidekick? Well, tough one that must be! Kshanam is a testimony to the fact that the duo is extremely underrated because they give an edge to their characters with multiple shades and are one of the film's highlights. Also, Satyadev Kancharana and Anasuya give their maximum to well-etched characters. Adah Sharma is in her element as a shaky, helpless mother desperate to find her missing child - at a point her eyes seem like a reflection of an empty soul! Adivi Sesh's emotional turmoil and confusion are the essence of the story and it is through his perspective that we experience everything.

Add to that is the dialogues by Abburi Ravi and background score by Sricharan are absolute value additions.

Having said that, we have one small nitpicking to do. The story becomes lax at times and unnecessarily ponders at a few scenarios for very long. 120 minutes might be a short time in our standards but the film would be a lot more exciting if it was even shorter.

But then, there is substance. There are thrills. And more importantly there's an accomplished effort to give the viewer something new. Kshanam is a film you most definitely shouldn't miss; afterall it's not every day that you get to experience something meaningful yet exciting in Telugu cinema.
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A Anvesh Reddy
nice thriller
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