Release Date : October 13, 2023
123telugu.com Rating : 2/5
Starring: Srikanth Gurram, Priyanka Sharma, Avinash Yelandur
Director: Muthyala Meher Deepak
Producer: Srikanth Kandragula
Music Director: Ajay Arasada
Cinematographer: S. Vamsi Srinivas
Editor: S. Vamsi Srinivas
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Tantiram: Tales of Sivakasi Chapter 1, starring Srikanth Gurram and Priyanka Sharma in the lead roles, has hit the screens today. Muthyala Meher Deepak directed this film. Let’s see how it is.
A guy named Vijay narrates a story to his friends while having alcohol. He tells them the story of Baalachandran (Srikanth Gurram), who runs a factory manufacturing crackers. Baalachandran hates women since his mother eloped when he was a kid. Baalachandran marries a beautiful lady named Alagini (Priyanka Sharma) at his father’s request, but he keeps hating her. A supernatural entity, Jinn (Genie), changes his life completely. How did that happen? This is the crux of the film.
The movie starts in an interesting manner by depicting the mythological story of why Ahalya turned into a stone. We are given a neat intro about who genies really are, which initially creates interest.
There are only two central characters in the film, and both Priyanka Sharma and Srikanth Gurram did a decent job. The movie has exquisite visuals that are easy on the eye. Avinash Yelandur is fine in his short role.
The makers considered reserving the whole content exclusively for the second part, leaving many questions unanswered. The mystery behind the genie shown in the first part isn’t revealed, and it is sure to disappoint the audience.
As a result, Chapter 1 has a wafer-thin story that doesn’t require 100 minutes of narration. There was absolutely no need to drag this simple story for so long, and the movie tests the patience levels.
Instead, the makers could have told the entire story in one part since there isn’t enough meat in Chapter 1 content-wise. One can easily predict the climax twist, and things became even worse with a dull and snail-paced screenplay.
Ajay Arasada’s songs are passable, while the background score is good. S. Vamsi Srinivas did a fine job with the cinematography, but his editing was bad. It feels like watching a lengthy film even though it is less than 2 hours. The production values are neat.
Muthyala Meher Deepak’s idea to make a film on this fantasy subject isn’t bad, but it is really a wrong decision to divide this movie into two parts as this first instalment is left with very little content.
On the whole, Tantirum Chapter 1 promises a lot during the first few minutes, but it ends up being an unengaging fantasy drama. Srikanth Gurram and Priyanka Sharma did a decent job. The decision to split this story into two parts is a very bad idea, and hence, this first instalment is a tiresome watch. The slow screenplay and lack of thrilling moments are the other main drawbacks.
123telugu.com Rating: 2/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team
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