Krishnarjuna Yudham is an action comedy film starring Nani, Anupama Parameswaran and Rukshar Dhillon in lead roles. Merlapaka Gandhi has written and directed the film. Krishnarjuna Yudham released worldwide on 12 April to mixed reviews.
Krishnarjuna Yudham Story analysis:
The story of Krishnarjuna Yudham can be split into Two parts: romantic comedy and action thriller. The interval block comes right in the middle of both parts and is impressive. The romantic comedy extends to about 70% of the movie which overshadows the second half. When audience expect any action, the romantic episode still haunts them in the form of flashbacks.
Such problems arise when the writer drags pre-interval twist into the interval and has to drag the entire second half with the illogical scenes and trimmed scenes from first half. This film requires intense thriller style narration for the second half to justify the serious problem such as human trafficking.
The character of Krishna is impressive and engages audience through out the film. The writer has very good knowledge of the atmosphere and emotional turmoil of Krishna. Arjun on the other hand is a complete failure. The only purpose he serves in the film is to help Krishna rescue his girlfriend in climax. Except that one scene, Arjun is a forced intrusion into the story.
The Two characters were written just for the sake of experimenting with the screenplay structure. Merlapaka Gandhi has earlier too tried other screenplay formats earlier and has been quite successful. But this time developing an entire lead character just for the sake of screenplay became the flip side of the movie. In fact, majority of the scenes featuring Arjun in first half are boring, and his role is a burden on second half too. The audience would have probably called the film a routine commercial movie without Arjun, but his character didn’t help it.
The story is bad but Krishna character in first half is impressive. The Chittoor slang, nativity, costumes and makeup worked out very well. Arjun looks fabricated with the costumes and makeup that don’t suit him for a rock star. The songs by the duo Hiphop Tamizha are good but are not memorable. Editing is good, and the cross-cutting in first half is well done. The stunts are just like any other commercial Telugu movie. The Direction is fine, but it seems like Merlapaka Gandhi has lost his charm.