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Agnyaathavaasi (lit. Prince in exile) is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language action film[3][4] directed by Trivikram Srinivas and starring Pawan Kalyan, with Keerthy Suresh, Anu Emmanuel, Aadhi Pinisetty, Kushboo, and Boman Irani in supporting roles. The film began principal photography on 3 April 2017. Aadhi Pinisetty played the main antagonist and Bollywood actor Parag Tyagi debuted as a villain.[5][6] Work on the film commenced under the working title PSPK25, with the final release name revealed on 27 November 2017.

Agnyaathavaasi
Agnyaathavaasi poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byTrivikram Srinivas
Produced byS. Radha Krishna
Written byTrivikram Srinivas
Starring
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
CinematographyV. Manikandan
Edited byKotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Production
company
Release date
  • 10 January 2018 (2018-01-10)
Running time
158 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Budget70 crore[1]
Box office73 crore[2]

The film was released on 10 January 2018, during the Sankranthi festival weekend and received negative reviews from critics.[7] This was Pawan Kalyan's final film before venturing into politics.[8][9] It was based on the 2008 French action thriller Largo Winch.[10][11][12]

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PlotEdit

Govinda "Vindha" Bhargav (Boman Irani), a powerful business magnate receives the news of his son Mohan Bhargav's death in a car accident while he is in Italy. Later, armed gunmen enter his hotel room, one of whom holds up a phone, and on the other end are Vindha's friends Sharma (Murali Sharma) and Varma (Rao Ramesh), who tell him this was their plan all along, and now with his son dead as well (implying that they planned it), his "empire" has no heir. Vindha secretly records this conversation before being gunned to death by the gunmen.

The news of Vindha's death, along with his belongings, reaches his wife Indrani Bhargav (Kushboo) who hears the audio file of Vindha's alleged killers. She calls her brother Appaji (Tanikella Bharani) to call for an unknown person. Appaji informs the unknown person, who is none other than Abhishikth Bhargav (Pawan Kalyan), Vindha's "secret" son. After performing his father's last rites in Varanasi, Abhi makes his way to Hyderabad, where his father's possible killers live. He scores a job in his office under the pseudonym Balasubramanyam, and makes friendships with Sukumari (Keerthy Suresh), Varma's daughter; and Suryakantham (Anu Emmanuel), Sharma's secretary who has a daughterly bond with Sharma. However, Abhi comes to know that the phone conversation must have been a fake one, since none of them have international calls registered on their phones, and now some unknown people are trying to kill him. Later that night, armed men break into his house and are killed by Abhi one after the other. The last one alive is killed in front of Indrani, only after revealing to them the true killer, Seetharam (Aadhi Pinisetty), Deenabandhu's (Sameer) (Vindha's ex-business partner who had died a few years ago) son.

The police investigation behind Vindha's death led by ACP Sampath (Sampath Raj) comes to conclusion when he contemplates about Vindha's past. Govindha Bharav, a middle-class man, had set up a successful pharmaceutical company who wished to set up a factory in a remote village. However, that plan failed as Vindha refuses to bribe a local politician, who responds by provoking the villagers to attack Vindha's factory with the help of Vindha's friend Aditya Bandaru (Ajay). While escaping in a charter plane with his friends except Aditya, they discover that the briefcase containing the vile for the medicine has been shot, destroying it. However, Vindha hides a second one in a secret compartment in the same briefcase. After viewing their celebrations, he begins doubting them as well. When he goes to Bali on a holiday with his pregnant wife, there is an attempt on her life. She is presumed dead, although she is alive. Vindha senses danger to her life, thus sending her away to her brother Appaji's house. She dies shortly after giving birth to Abhi, who is raised as a person agnostic to the concept of wealth acquisition, which Vindha deems as the primary quality for someone to lead his empire after him. With Abhi's consent, he marries Indrani, who is now a mother to Mohan Bhargav.

Abhi takes over the company, proclaiming he is Vindha's son. He tortures Sharma, Varma, and Koteswara Rao (Raghu Babu), who had a habit of harassing women in the workplace. When this news reaches Seetharam, he comes back to India and asks for evidence to prove that Abhi is Vindha's son. Abhi goes to Bulgaria with Sukumari and Suryakantham to recover Vindha's will, which stated that his wealth must go to Abhi. However, that will is stolen by Seetharam with Appaji's help, and by threatening Sukumari and Suryakantham that he would kill Varma and Sharma. Seetharam destroys the will by burning, thus eradicating the evidence that Abhi is Vindha's son. However, when electing the future CEO for the company, Abhi fights Seetharam's goons on the roof of the building, after revealing that the will given to Seetharam was a fake one and that Appaji was part of Abhi's plan. After killing most of Seetharam's goons, one of the board members (Jayaprakash) of the company reveals to Abhi that he is Aditya's brother, and that he was part of Vindha's murder since he wanted to avenge his brother's death. After confronting Abhi, the board member is attacked by Seetharam's henchman Parag (Parag Tyagi), and they both slip off the rooftop. While Parag falls, Aditya's brother hangs by the logo of the company. After fighting Seetharam and telling him why he does not deserve the position of CEO, Abhi tells Aditya's brother that this company was a tribute to his friend, and the name of the company "AB group" was not named after him, but after Aditya. After that, the board member falls to his death. Abhi goes back into the company, takes the position of CEO, and promises Indrani that he will fulfill his father's duties.

CastEdit

FilmingEdit

Principal photography began on 3 April 2017 with a small coffee shop scene, shot at Ciclo Cafe, then moved to a special set erected in Ramoji Film City for an action sequence. Some parts of the film were shot in Annapurna Studios and a major sequence and a song were shot in Bangkok. The unit moved to Bulgaria on 26 October 2017 for 15 days to shoot two songs. After the foreign schedule, shooting continued in Hyderabad and was completed by the end of November 2017, including a brief period of shooting at Varanasi.[5][6][13]

In January 2018, after watching the film, French director Jérôme Salle accused the makers of plagiarising his 2008 film Largo Winch and threatened to take legal action.[14]

MusicEdit

The soundtrack was composed by Anirudh Ravichander, making his Tollywood debut. The first song "Baitikochi Chusthe" was unveiled on 6 November 2017, the birthday of director Trivikram Srinivas.

Agnyaathavaasi
Soundtrack album by
Released2017
Length23:35
LanguageTelugu
ProducerAnirudh Ravichander
Anirudh Ravichander chronology
Velaikkaran
(2017)
Agnyaathavaasi
(2017)
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam
(2018)
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Baitikochi Chuste"Sri ManiAnirudh Ravichander3:26
2."Gaali Vaaluga"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryAnirudh Ravichander4:18
3."Dhaga Dhagamaney"Sri ManiAnirudh Ravichander4:16
4."Swagatham Krishna"Oothukkadu Sri Venkata Subbaiyer KritiNiranjana Ramanan3:23
5."AB Yevaro Nee Baby"Sri ManiNakash Aziz, Arjun Chandy4:19
6."Kodakaa Koteswar Rao"BhaskarabhatlaPawan Kalyan3:53
Total length:23:35

ReleaseEdit

The film was released on 10 January 2018.[15]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Times of India gave the film 2.5/5 stars, noting, "Despite all the pomp and show, ... ‘Agnyaathavaasi’ has been an amazing ride had it either been taken seriously or been made with the same old Trivikram-Pawan Kalyan touch. However, the film lacks soul ... Pawan Kalyan aces through his role as usual, even if his body language and expressions ooze disinterest.[16] The Indian Express rated the film 2/5 and stated "Agnyaathavaasi is not the film we expected to see this holiday. It is strictly for fans of Power Star as Trivikram has spent the entire runtime gushing over Pawan Kalyan." [17]

Plagiarism ClaimsEdit

French director Jérôme Salle accused the movie to be a rip-off of his 2008 movie Largo Winch.[18] Following this, T-Series, which owns the remake rights of French film Largo Winch, sent a legal notice to the makers of the film, asking for the censored copy of the movie. It was later reported that T-Series was demanding Rs 15 crore from the makers of Agnyaathavaasi for allegedly voilating copyright.[19] The agreement between Agnathavasi makers and T-Series management was amicably closed after the makers agreed to compensate them after taking into consideration that though the director had not taken the entire plotline of Largo Winch , he had written the key scenes of the movie based on few scenes of that movie.[20]

Box officeEdit

The film grossed 95 crores against a budget of 70 crores.[2][1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Agnyaathavaasi 7-day worldwide box office collection: PSPK25 inches closer to Rs 80 crore". International Business Times. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Agnyaathavaasi' box office collections Pawan Kalyan, Keerthy Suresh and Anu Emmanuel rakes 165 cr Worldwide". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Agnyaathavaasi". Metacritic.
  4. ^ "Agnyaathavaasi (2018) - Financial Information". The Numbers.
  5. ^ a b "Power star Pawan Kalyan is Agnatha Vaasi?". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b "PSPK25: Shoot begins in Bangkok". Sify. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  7. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (10 January 2018). "Agnathavasi review roundup: Critics call it a big letdown by Trivikram Srinivas". International Business Times, India Edition.
  8. ^ "Pawan Kalyan clarifies rumours on working on new film". The News Minute.
  9. ^ "Pawan Kalyan may quit acting for politics: 'Not interested in films anymore'". Firstpost.
  10. ^ https://www.forbes.com/sites/robcain/2018/01/11/french-writer-director-claims-indian-film-agnyaathavaasi-is-a-rip-off-of-his-largo-winch/#240e7f2364b4
  11. ^ https://www.ibtimes.co.in/agnyaathavaasi-copyright-row-jerome-salle-watches-it-says-its-plot-too-familiar-largo-winch-756378
  12. ^ http://english.tupaki.com/movienews/article/Pawan-kalyan-Agnyaathavaasi-Copy-Issue-Solved/64556
  13. ^ "Baitikochi Chuste song teaser: Anirudh sings for Pawan Kalyan in his Telugu debut. Watch video". 2 September 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  14. ^ https://www.indiatoday.in/movies/regional-cinema/story/largo-winch-director-blasts-agnyaathavaasi-team-says-settlement-not-enough-1149302-2018-01-19
  15. ^ "#PSPK25 Movie Release Date January 10 2018 as mentioned in the video".
  16. ^ "Agnyaathavaasi Review {2.5/5}: Pawan Kalyan and Trivikram movie Agnathavasi lacks soul".
  17. ^ "Agnyaathavaasi movie review: This film is strictly for Pawan Kalyan fans". indianexpress.com. 13 January 2018.
  18. ^ https://www.forbes.com/sites/robcain/2018/01/11/french-writer-director-claims-indian-film-agnyaathavaasi-is-a-rip-off-of-his-largo-winch/#240e7f2364b4
  19. ^ https://www.ibtimes.co.in/agnyaathavaasi-copyright-row-jerome-salle-watches-it-says-its-plot-too-familiar-largo-winch-756378
  20. ^ http://english.tupaki.com/movienews/article/Pawan-kalyan-Agnyaathavaasi-Copy-Issue-Solved/64556

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