: Can science advance to the point where it becomes possible for one person to tap into the mind of another and acquire complete control over it? What then would be the consequences?
: Srivalli (Neha Hinge) is the daughter of a renowned scientist Ramachandra (Rajeev Kanakala). Since childhood, she is very much attached to her school friend Gowtham (Rajath Krishna) and her younger brother. Srivalli leaves for the US along with her father and brother, and returns many years later where the father-daughter duo set up a trust fund worth Rs 6000 crore to encourage scientific research. Unfortunately, Ramachandra is killed in a road accident and his seriously injured son slips into a coma.
Meanwhile, Srivalli volunteers for a dangerous brain-mapping experiment by her professor which, if successful, would enable a person to view and tap into the 'mother wave', or the core wave, which is the root of all emotions and memories stored in the brain and go out in the form of vibrations. Success in the experiment would also mean that a person could tap into his previous lives. The experiment is successful and Srivalli is actually able to connect with the subconscious of her brother and make him come out of the coma. But soon, she starts having visions of a man from a previous life making love to her every day. On the other hand, she is being stalked and harassed by a homosexual woman called Andrea, a classmate from the US. Things come to a point where Srivalli is unable to distinguish between dreams and reality. She confides in Gowtham and things take a violent turn after that. What happens to Srivalli? Is she able to break free of the demons tormenting her? Has he got more than she bargained for by signing up for the experiment?
As a film, Srivalli attracts attention in the first place because it is directed by legendary writer Vijayendra Prasad. But sadly, despite the genius he showed as a writer, he fails to translate it on screen as a director. Despite being a sci-fi thriller, which allows certain liberties on the part of the maker, the script is way too commonplace, and brain-mapping and other scientific techniques only end up as tools to narrate a cliched story.
Even the graphics used in the film are not remarkable or special. For audiences, who have become accustomed to watching the visual effects of films like Bahubali on screen, Srivalli has nothing to boast of in this department. Neha does a decent job as Srivalli and so does Rajath, but the latter, as mentioned earlier, has a cliched role. One might argue that it is a small film attempting something different but expectations are bound to be high as it is a Vijayendra Prasad product. And Srivalli clearly fails to live up to those expectations. Rajeev has a cameo as Dr Ramachandra and long after the film is over, his role is the only one that stays with you. Is that a case of how well he has enacted his role or how unmemorable the rest of the film was? With due respect, Srivalli is one experiment by Vijayendra Prasad that has failed.