Oct 312013


Varna Movie Review

Starring : Anushka & Arya.

Director: Sri Raghava(Selva Raghavan).

Producer: Param V. Potluri.

Music: Harris Jayaraj.

Banner: PVP Cinema.

Editor: Kola Bhaskar.

Cinematography: Ramji.

Release Date: 22 Nov 2013.

TollywoodAp.com: Rating: 2/5


It t is really a tough job to write this films story in just few lines. Anushka As (Ramya)  is a doctor and Arya as (Madhu Balakrishna) is a lecturer and an altruistic person. Anushka falls for Arya’s philanthropic nature and proposes him. A similar story runs in parallel in another world. Their alter ego’s Varna (Anushka) is a tribal girl and Mahendra (Arya) is the son of the commander in chief of a kingdom on a different planet. Mahendra falls for Varna’s independent nature and tries to woo her.

In the meantime another story unfolds in another world altogether. Evil King try to kidnap a girl whom people regard as Amma (God). There men treat women as slaves including the king. Mahendra (Arya) falls in love with Varna (Anushka) who lives a free and bold life weilding sword. The king imprisons her and asks Arya to kill a evil animal to free her.

Mahendra does so but when he wish to marry Varna, she tries to kill the King and gets banished from the kingdom. What is the connection between the two love stories in two different worlds one should findout on silverscreen.

Will Arya accept Anushka’s proposal? Does Mahindra succeed in winning Varna? The film is all about what happens during the course of their love journey.


Where do we start about performance….? We came back with a BIG QUESTION on our face and candidly our fingers got stuck to the keyboard. We were able to identify only two actors in the movie and they are Anushka & Arya. The only closest face and association that we could make is TV Artist Ashok Kumar and there is nothing to talk about him.

Anushka tried her best to bring variance in her performance as innocent doctor and female warrior. She was ok as doctor but as female warrior she didnot get much scope to perform. She is putting on weight and is fast loosing her sheen.

Arya performed well as lover out to impress the girls in both the worlds. He showed different shades as a timid person and even as a warrior showing his muscles. Even as a honest lover he performed well. Others did their bit in the film.

Back to Performances, Anushka just scored the pass marks in her role as Ramya (Planet Earth) and we just don’t have any words to describe her role as Varna (Terrestrial World). This is definitely not her cup of tea. If you are a Big Fan of Anushka, you are better off watching her recent Baahubali teaser or wait for Rudramadevi. Even Sachin Tendulkar had many ducks and it is one of those times for Anushka.

Similar story with Arya and his performance as Madhu Balakrishna (Planet Earth) is just OK and he did not do anything more than showcasing his 6 or 9 pack in his role as Mahindra (Terrestrial World).

Seriously!! This is beyond our scope to describe performances.


You must have seen many love stories, But the director attempted an infinite series of Love Stories that are stitched together between the realistic & fictional world. Even though he attempted a movie that looks rich with high technical values, his overall execution can be defined pathetic. He took us on the wildest roller coaster ride!! He successfully detached the audience from the movie and but to his credit he invented a new GENRE in movies and what is the name? We don’t know.Harris Jayaraj did a great job and composed some good romantic numbers.  Anirudh Ravichandran did a decent job with the background score but was inspired from several Hollywood movies with an IRISH TOUCH, especially for scenes in the Terrestrial World. That is it!!.

A couple of saviors on this occasion are few breathtaking locations around the world & the graphic work. Especially the graphic team deserves a pat on the back for creating the Flying Lion fight sequence.  The quality of the graphic work looked extraordinary and completely out of the box for Indian Cinema. Cinematography is marvelous with Hollywood quality. Decent screenplay but the slow-paced story makes it unbearable.

Verdict/Final Talk:-

Selva Raghavan planned to script his way to success with two simultaneous love stories in different worlds. Though it is interesting to hear that he failed in his execution. Forgetting the slow pace in the first half, though it was bearable, he missed the plot in the second half. Finally he was not sure on how to end the film.

He planned to connect it like Hollywood flick Avatar and though he has the backing of high technology, week screenplay and direction spoiled everything.

Anushka’s role is not chalked out properly as a warrior and connection between two worlds is not at all convincing.

Probably you must have seen one of those English dubbed movies in Telugu right? It is no different than watching Lakshmi Ganapathy Films vari “Aakasmlo Bhukampam”. The only difference Anushka & Arya were planted into the movie.I can’t explain the Movie. While saying, There are less Negatives. But, While watching you’ll experience the Torture. If you are a Movie lover and Interested to Watch something new concepts Watch it. Otherwise, Skip the movie.

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