What is bad: Anish Kuruvilla indulges in his baby too much. The second half runs for too long and there are a lot of scenes that can be chopped off with minimal damage to the film. There are many scenes that go on for longer than they should have and put you off track. Also, he does try to tackle too many things at once, like Ashutosh Gowariker does in his Swades. He wants to show the characters' personal struggles, their social responsibilities, religious unity, rich-poor divide – too many ingredients are crammed in. The editor should have been stricter and that would have given Avakai Biryani the much needed life. The pace of the film, especially in the last hour should have been better.
Me Thinks: Inspite of all its flaws, Avakai Biryani is worth a watch. Way too many films take the audience for granted and dish out routine stories. Avakai Biryani tries to tread a different path and though not entirely successful, it does deserve encouragement.
Tailpiece: A quarter of a brownie point (rating) extra only because of the Telugu girl, Bindu Madhavi. She is beautiful and looked amazing in the Veerudena song.