Kavacham (2018 film)

Kavacham (transl. Armour) is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language action thriller film directed by Sreenivas Mamilla. This film also marks the directorial debut of Sreenivas Mamilla. The film stars Bellamkonda Sreenivas, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kajal Aggarwal, and Mehreen Pirzada in the lead roles.[1][2] It also marks the Telugu debut of Neil Nitin Mukesh, who primarily works in Hindi films. The narrative centers around Vijay, a Vizag-based police officer, who becomes a fugitive after being framed for a kidnapping, and must race against time in order to get his name cleared and catch the actual perpetrator.

Kavacham
Three men; one on the left wearing a coat is staring at the one in the centre with rope on his right hand, while the third one is looking straight at the camera.
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySreenivas mamilla
Produced byNaveen Sontineni
Screenplay bySreenivas Mamilla
Starring
Music byS. Thaman
CinematographyChota K. Naidu
Edited byChota K. Prasad
Production
company
Vamsadhara Creations
Release date
7 December 2018
Running time
143 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu

The film released theatrically on 7 December 2018. Following the mixed reception, it became a commercial failure.[3] It was later dubbed and released in Hindi as Inspector Vijay in 2019.[4]

PlotEdit

Inspector Vijay saves a girl from goons and finds out she was going to elope with her boyfriend. He drops her at the rendezvous and while waiting for her boyfriend, starts telling her about how he fell for Samyukta, café waitress, after she returned him his lost purse. In the meanwhile, he also fought and got a criminal named Ajay Bhupati arrested for kidnapping a girl. Back to his personal life, he was left heartbroken to learn about Samyukta's engagement.

Vijay takes the girl to his house after her boyfriend doesn't turn up. The next morning, finding out that her boyfriend cheated her, Vijay drops the girl at a bus stop where they witness his mother (Kalyani Natarajan)'s accident. At the hospital, the doctor demands an unaffordable sum of 50 lakh rupees for operation. The girl, revealing herself to be billionaire Mahendra Varma's niece, asks him to fake her kidnapping and demand 50 lakhs as ransom. She convinces Vijay that by doing this, she would also be accepted by her family members since no one would question her disappearance. Following the call, Mahendra's son Vikramaditya Varma informs the police and is accompanied by them to the rendezvous, where Vijay intelligently acquires the ransom without revealing his identity. He deposits the money at the hospital, following which his mother is saved. Vijay drops the girl at a bus stop and informs Mahendra about it. On his way home, he witnesses a car accident. Finding the driver severely injured, Vijay calls the ambulance and sends him to hospital.

The next day, he learns that Samyukta is the actual niece of Mahendra Varma and that he has been framed for kidnapping her. Without revealing his identity, Ajay Bhupathi calls Vijay to tell him his game his over. With the help of his trusted Constable P. Sudarshan, Vijay locates Ajay and thrashes him but is shocked upon first learning he's not the kidnapper and then finding the corpse of the girl he had saved from goons. Upon being noticed, he is chased by cops but is rescued by Vaishnavi (Apoorva Srinivasan), Samyukta's friend. Revealing that Samyukta too loved him, she admits having lied about her engagement in order to test him. She also reveals Samyukta last called from a shopping mall. Through the mall's CCTV footage, Vijay learns of her kidnapping and by tracing the kidnapper's vehicle number, finds him to be Aravindh who lives at Aravindh Villa. Along with Vaishnavi, he goes to Aravindh Villa and by looking at the pictures hanging there, realizes that Aravindh is the same man he had sent to hospital on the night of his accident. He had however kept his phone with himself in order to answer if his family members called. Vikramaditya is revealed to be the conspirator when he calls on Aravindh's phone and it's answered by Vijay who reveals the only mistake Vikramaditya made was to call him with the same phone Vijay had asked him to replace his own phone with, while acquiring the ransom.

Vikramaditya then reveals that Samyukta had decided to work as a café waitress in order to first understand the mindset of her customers, and since his father had chosen her over him to become his company's heir, he conspired to kill her. He first got her kidnapped and then got Vijay, as he loved her, framed for her kidnapping with the help of Lavanya, his girlfriend and the girl he had saved from goons. He also got his mother attacked in order to make him need money and thus execute the fake kidnapping. At the hospital, Aravindh is interrogated by Vikramaditya and reveals he couldn't kill Samyukta as she had tricked him into transferring all his money into her account. Leaving her in a secret chamber and following Vikramaditya's orders, he had gone to kill Lavanya, who in turn attacked him with a stone before getting killed herself. Injured, he couldn't drive properly and met with an accident. Vikramaditya kills Aravindh and informs Vijay about Samyukta's location while arriving at Aravindh villa himself to kill her. Vijay surprises him by revealing he had already rescued her and drops Vaishnavi at a safe point, telling her to call the police. On his way to meet the commissioner, he learns that his mother has been taken hostage and along with Samyukta, arrives on the spot where he fights off Vikramaditya and his goons, rescuing his mother and getting Vikramaditya arrested.

During the end credit scenes, Samyukta is declared the heir of S. company and confesses her love to Vijay.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

The music is composed by S. Thaman.[5]

Kavacham (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Released2018
Recorded2017
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
Label
S. Thaman chronology
Amar Akbar Anthony
(2018)
Kavacham (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(2018)
Orange
(2018)
Track List
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Naa Aduge Padithey"ChandraboseRaghu Dixit4:24
2."Tu Hi Mera"Ramajogayya SastryRahul Nambiar3:47
3."Dulhara Dulhara"Sri ManiSreenidhi Tirumala4:49
4."Vasthava Pillaa"Ramajogayya SastryAditya Iyenegar, Parnika3:44
5."Nalugu Pedavulu"ChandraboseHanuman, Aditi Bavaraju3:50
Total length:19:57

ProductionEdit

Producer Naveen Sonthineni announced that he would produce Bellamkonda Sreenivas's next film under his newly created production house, Vamsadhara Creations. Kajal Aggarwal was cast as the lead heroine. Naveen Chandra was originally cast as the main antagonist for the film, but was subsequently replaced by Hindi actor, Neil Nitin Mukesh.[6]

ReleaseEdit

The film was released on 7 December 2018. It was also later dubbed and released in Hindi as Inspector Vijay on YouTube by RKD Studios on 28 April 2019.

Critical receptionEdit

Kavacham received mixed reviews from critics.

Sangeetha Devi Dundoo from The Hindu wrote that "A sliver of a story lies buried under the painstaking efforts to create a star aura" and criticises the film's reliance on over used cliches.[7]

Srivastan Nadadhur, from the Times of India, gave it a 2/5, stating that "Even if the story seems intriguing on a certain level, the filmmaker Sreenivas Mamilla seems more interested in making the hero wear smart tees, romance the ladies in scenic locations and have him thrash the goons to a pulp sequence after sequence." He wrote that "Kavacham should serve as an ideal reminder to Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas that he needs to go beyond blazers, uniforms and abroad shoots to make a good film."[8]

Manoj Kumar R from The Indian Express gave it a 1/5: "As far as the story goes, Kavacham doesn't have anything fresh to offer. It is just a star-vehicle that is intended to boost the young career of Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas." He remarks that the heroines, Kajal and Mehreen are not much more than "damsels in distress" and that the character of Neil Nitin Mukesh eventually "is reduced to nothing but a clown."[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (7 December 2018). "'Kavacham' review: Masala-laden armour". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Kavacham movie review :It's a regular action formula film!". 9 December 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Kavacham Final Total WW Collections". AndhraBoxOffice.com.
  4. ^ "Young Hero Breaks Pawan Kalyan's YouTube Record". Sakshi.
  5. ^ "Kavacham (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)".
  6. ^ "Neil Nitin Mukesh to star in Bellamkonda Srinivas' upcoming film". 16 March 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  7. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (7 December 2018). "'Kavacham' review: Masala-laden armour". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  8. ^ Kavacham Review {2/5}: Kavacham is a shield that should rather be given to a viewer who tolerates this film, retrieved 27 January 2019
  9. ^ "Kavacham movie review: A deeply formulaic potboiler that tests our patience". The Indian Express. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2019.

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