November 28, 2020

Aswathama preview: Will Naga Shaurya’s film live up to the hype? – Times of India


Director Rama Teja’s debut film ‘Aswathama’ starring Naga Shaurya and Mehreen Pirzada in lead roles hits screens this Friday.

The film’s trailer promises it to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller revolving around a psychopath and a man looking to hunt him down. Naga Shaurya, who penned the story the film is based on, revealed in interviews that he has based it on real incidents. He told Hyderabad Times that there are certain incidents he heard about that sparked interest in him to write the story. “I read an article once of a girl who didn’t even remember how she went missing. There were certain heartbreaking incidents she went through that stayed in my mind. After Chalo, I had not written anything, but this made me want to write again,” he had said, adding, “In Mahabharata Aswathamudu is a key character who raises voice against the mistreatment of Draupadi. That’s why I wanted to name the film that.”

The actor even bulked up for the role. Talking about it, he said, “Writing Aswathama made me realise that the protagonist needed to be bulky and look powerful enough to face off against the strong villain. Which is when I decided to bulk up,” he says. While the name of the actor who plays the antagonist hasn’t been revealed yet, Shaurya revealed that it is played by a National Award-winning Bengali actor. ‘Aswathama’ sees music by Sricharan Pakala, BGM by Ghibran, cinematography by Manojh Reddy, editing by Garry BH and dialogues by Parasuram Srinivas.

The actor even sustained an injury while filming in Visakhapatnam and the actor called making the film an emotionally and physically draining experience. “The film took a toll on me but I also have the satisfaction of making a good film. We didn’t put in action sequences for the sake of it or use item songs to titillate audience. We made a genuine film that was researched at Vijayawada, Vizag, Punjab, Delhi, Hyderabad and more,” he said. The film’s story has also been compared to the hit film ‘Ratsasan’ and its Telugu remake ‘Rakshasudu’ and Shaurya admits the film will definitely have a vibe such films have.

“Our country sees so much violence against women and there’s nothing I can do about it. So I am doing what I can, spread the message through my film,” revealing the reason he made the film. With ‘Aswathama’s trailer and other promotional videos creating hype around the film, it remains to be seen if it lives up to it.



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