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Review : Pavithra – Boring and outdated
Pavithra Posters (6) Release date : 07 June 2013 Rating : 2/5
Director : Janardhan Maharshi
Producer : K. Sadhak Kumar, G.Maheshwara Reddy
Music Director : M.M.Srilekha
Starring :Shriya Saran, Roja Selvamani, Tanikella Bharani

Shriya Saran was a very popular leading lady in the south Indian film circuit. After a gap, she has come up with ‘Pavithra’, a political story revolving around a prostitute. The movie has been directed by Janardhana Maharshi. Sadak Kumar K. and Mahender Reddy are the producers. Let us see how the film is

Story :

Pavithra (Shriya) loses her father at an early age. Her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Doctors prescribe expensive treatments for her mother and this forces Pavithra to take the desperate step of turning into a prostitute. Pavithra loses her mom after a while, but she continues to lead the life of a high class . She becomes close to the richest businessmen and politicians in the city.

Meanwhile, Sudarshan (Sai Kumar) is a politician who has big ambitions. But his popularity levels are quite low. To cement his political future, Sudarshan plans to get his son married to the daughter of the Home Minister. But his son has other plans. He is deeply in love with Pavithra.

The crooked and wily Sudarshan smells an opportunity here. He decides to accept the alliance of his son with a prostitute in order to gain political mileage. Soon after the wedding, a tragedy strikes Pavithra’s life. She comes to know about Sudarshan’s evil schemes and decides to join active politics.

What happens next? That forms the story of ‘Pavithra’.

Plus Points –

Shriya has indulged in very liberal skin show throughout the film. She looks quite glamorous in the movie. Apart from the glamour quotient, she has come up with a decent performance in the movie. Hero Shivaji has done a good job as Siva. This character has negative shades.

Ravi Babu entertains as Sarvaroga Nirodhanandha Swamy. Sai Kumar is perfect as the selfish and wily politician.

Minus Points :

The biggest drawback of this film is the screenplay. It is very bad. The climax sequence of the film is shown first, and the story is then revealed backwards. Because of the poor writing, there is hardly any suspense left in the film.

The pace of the film is very slow and it becomes almost unbearable in the second half. There are some senior actors like Roja, Tanikella Bharani and Telangana Sukanthala. None of them have been utilised effectively.

Brahmanandam has been wasted in a poorly scripted role. The political manoeuvres are very outdated and old fashioned. Apart from Shriya’s glamour show, there is absolutely zero entertainment in the film and this will test the patience of viewers.

There are tons of other issues with the film and it is best to leave them all out in the interests of space and time.

Technical Aspects :

Suresh Kumar’s cinematography is good. Editing could have been better,especially in the second half. Background score provided by M.M.Srilekha is ok. Some of the dialogues are ok.

Janardhana Maharshi fails to make any impression in the story and screenplay departments. Production values are ok.

Verdict :

Pavithra could have been a bold film. But it ends up being a slow, boring and outdated flick. Shriya’s glamour is just about the only asset for the film. You can safely skip this unless you want to desperately watch Shriya on the big screen Rating – 2/5

Reviewed by Raghava

(Translated by Emmess)

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