Review : Karthikeya – Engaging Suspense Thriller
Karthikeya_review1 Release date : Oct 24, 2014 Rating : 3.5/5
Director : Chandoo Mondeti
Producer : Venkat Srinivas
Music Director : Sekhar Chandra
Starring : Nikhil, Swathi

Nikhil’s Kartikheya has been waiting for a release from quite some time now. Directed by Chandoo Mondeti, this film has finally hit the screens today. Let’s now see how this Nikhil and Swathi starrer is.


The story revolves around the famous Subramanyeswara Swamy temple in Subramanyapuram. The temple is shut down for mysterious reasons, and all those who try to find out the story behind this keep getting killed by a deadly snake bite.

On the other hand, Katrhik(Nikhil) is an intelligent medical student who is posted to Subramanyapuram along with his group. Once he lands there, weird things start happening to him and his group. A pretty upset Karthik decides to take things in his hands and solve the mystery himself.

What is the mystery behind the temple ? Why are people dying of snake bites ? Will Karthik be able to solve the mystery ? That forms the rest of the story.

Plus Points:-

Major plus point of the film is the interesting story. Right from the word go, the entire film is quite interesting. Kudos to the director, who has written an engaging story which has enough twists and turns. Karthikeya is a complete directors film which makes you stick to your seats with its racy narration. The suspense factor and mythological touch have been superbly executed.

Coming to Nikhil, he suits the medico role perfectly. It is quite surprising and impressive to see him perform the way he did. Nikhil had a lot of scope to showcase his talent and he delivers it with a lot of ease. Comedy quotient in the film has been maintained quite nicely in the first half with Praveen doing a good job as Nikhil’s friend.

Yet another major plus point of the film is its background score. Shekhar Chandra elevates the film to another level with his tout background score. First half of the film is very engaging, and the way the love story has been weaved into this suspense thriller is quite good.

Minus Points:

Even though the film ends on a superb note, the climax is a bit rushed. May be the audience who are glued to their seats till the end, expect something more from the climax.

Heroine Swathi does not have much to do and looks lost out in the plot. Second half is a bit slow when compared to the first. The film wanders slightly during this part and some unnecessary scenes take center stage.

Technical Aspects:-

Karthikeya is technically a brilliant film. Camerawork is superb as the entire temple and its surrounding set up is designed exceptionally well by the art department. The locations and the lighting used gives a peek into the superb production values of the film. Dialogues written are decent, and suit the mood of the film. Music by Shekhar Chandra is very impressive and goes with the flow of the film. As said earlier, the background score lifts the film completely and all the songs have been shot elegantly.

Tollywood gets yet another talented director in the form of Chandoo Mondeti. This youngster has impressed everyone with his debut film and has a winner on his hands. The way he narrates his story, and adds decent amount of thrill with a nail biting screenplay is quite impressive. Editing is sleek and the decent run time only adds as a plus.


On the whole, Karthikeya is one of the most refreshing films in the recent past. Novel concept, gripping screenplay, Nikhil’s performance and cleverly designed suspense elements make this film different from others, and ends up as quite an engaging watch this weekend. Rating – 3.5/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team


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