Aaviri 2019 Movie Reviews & Ratings
Aaviri hit the cinemas this Friday to compete with ‘Meeku Mathrame Cheptha’. Ravi Babu made it clear that it’s not a scary movie but a story that will keep the audience tensed. Does the film live up to this description? Does the content click? Has the director managed to make us forget ‘Adhugo’? Let’s find out in this review.
Director Raveebabu, who entertained the film with a fun film like Allari… He also made many good love stories. Kasta Root marches the audience with thriller films like Amaravathi, Anasuya and Yes. Finally, Audio greeted the audience with a different image. The expected success. He stepped up again this Friday (November 1) with a movie called Steam to impress the audience. Let’s see for a moment whether Steam has delivered the success that Ravi Babu had hoped for.
Aaviri 2019 Movie Review
By now, if Ravi Babu is making a horror-thriller, you already know what it’s going to be like. There’s going to be everyday household objects that move on their own. A house that looks too good to be haunted. The home dwellers mystified beyond belief or completely ignorant of the hauntings. And of course, a creep whose actions lie at the core of the mystery (brownie points for whoever guesses the creep). Aaviri too, unfortunately, follows the same old template.
Raj (Ravi Babu) is a techie who’s too busy trying to merge his company with the Japanese. However, after experiencing something unforeseen, he begins to do his best to make time for his family. Even if it means leaving office in the middle of a meeting. His wife Leena (Neha Chauhan) is a stay-at-home mother who becomes overprotective of their child Munni (Sri Muktha), who suffers from asthma and as a consequence, has an allergy to nuts.
The film begins with the child swimming while gasping for breath and even as one wonders why an asthmatic child is being made to swim, the film answers it with very, on-the-nose dialogues. And this is how the rest of the film continues too – questions that are posed and answered with over-the-top scenes.
To Ravi Babu’s credit, he tries his best to create an air of mystery right from the word go. But the music by Vaidhhy tries too hard to set the mood and this is one of the film’s major downfalls. The screenplay by Satyanand is okay but there’s only so many ways of showing a child trying to run away in a span of two hours.
And by the time the ‘big reveal’ comes through, you’re tired of all the distractions because you could already smell this coming a mile away. More than the supernatural activity, it is Munni’s tantrums that scare one in Aaviri, especially when she keeps getting rewarded for her behavior.
Ravi Babu does an earnest enough job as the father trying to juggle work and home, but we all know this is a role he can play in his sleep. Neha Chauhan’s performance as the grieving mother is so melodramatic, that she gets on one’s nerves, especially in a key sequence that requires her to be loud.
Her possessed act is laughable too, making one wonder if it’s not meant to be taken seriously in the first place. Sri Muktha is good enough as a petulant child who wants to get her way all the time. But despite the short-ish run-time, the film seems overdrawn, thanks to the clichéd story which employs done and dusted horror tropes. Ravi Babu’s reason for naming the film Aaviri will, however, make you chuckle.
Aaviri offers nothing new, especially if you’ve seen Ravi Babu’s previous offerings, even if you can see that he tries hard. No smoke-screens here to look out for!
Aaviri 2019 Movie Story:
Raj (Ravi Babu) and Leena (Neha Chauhan) are a rich couple. Their elder daughter dies of asthma in a freak accident. Soon after, their younger daughter Munni (Sri Muktha) starts seeing the ghost of the deceased soul. As Munni is constantly enticed by the ghost to run away from the home, the parents face a series of tense incidents.
Why is the ghost out to target Munni? How do Raj and Leena deal with the situation? Is there more to it than meets the eye? Answers to these questions are found in the second half.
Aaviri 2019 Movie Performances:
The film’s main actors are Ravi Babu, Baby Sri Muktha and Neha. The first of these has always got comedy well but his one memorable serious role was in ‘Anasuya’. In ‘Aaviri’, he delivers an inconsistent performance as a middle-aged man. Sri Muktha is a good find. She completed her shots in a single take every time. Her ease shows in the proceedings.
Neha Chauhan is OK in the first half but unconvincing in the second. Bharani Shankar and Mukthar Khan are passable.
How Is Ravi Babu’s Performance?
Ravi Babu plays a considerably lengthy role in the movie. It is a straightforward and one dimensional part for most of the duration. During the second half, his personality leads to some comedy. It is more due to his built rather than act, though. The climax is where there is some effort, and it is alright.
Direction by Ravi Babu?
Ravi Babu returns to Avunu terrain after attempting two different films. Aaviri can actually be called third part in the series, and no one would have blinked an eye. The story is as simple as it gets. It is all about how gripping and thrilling can one execute the predictable sequences around that premise. Ravi Babu, who is now an experienced hand on the terrain, sets up the whole thing perfectly.
Everything goes well until the girl in question starts to behave oddly. The first few sequences are alright, but it soon gets repetitive. The three escape attempts, for example, only add to the length with nothing exciting being added to the story. The interval mark is neatly done, and that raises some hope in the second half. It is still at a lower level though as nothing out of the ordinary is happening anyway. The second half continues the momentum of the first half. The introduction of a new character also helps the cause.
There is a proper flow in the proceedings. However, the thrilling sequences are tackily executed. The real tension and anxiety are never felt as a result. Everything is built towards an explosive climax. However, the sheer predictability and banal execution take away from the real potential of the scenes. Also, many, if not all, can guess the twist. It further takes away the impact. For Ravi Babu, Aaviri is better than his last two disastrous outings. It might be a minor relief but it lacks any surprise to make it a worthwhile watch.
A fresh subject with the same controlled treatment might ring him back, in the future. Overall, Aaviri is a routine ghost drama that has a few well-executed moments. If you are a regular viewer of this genre of movies, there is nothing new on offer. On the other hand, if you are an occasional watcher, Aaviri might be a little more than those few bits. Still, either way, the sheer predictability, and pace make Aaviri a restless watch theatrically. Neha Chauhan and Others? There are minimal artists in the movie.
The kid and Neha Chauhan as the wife are well cast. Their looks do the job for the most part. It is particularly evident in the second half of the film. The weird expression and ‘sounds’ do the trick. Bharani Shankar and Mukhtar Khan get decent roles compared to what they usually do. The former especially is better even with lesser duration during the final parts of the second half. Himaja is wasted and Kasi Vishwanath is forgettable.
Music and Other Departments?
There are no songs in the movie as one would expect. The background score by Vaiddhy is adequate. It helps in sustaining the suspenseful mood of the film. The cinematography is neat. There is nothing fancy. But whatever location is used has been captured well. The editing is superb.
Aaviri 2019 Movie Technical Aspects
For a film like this, the background music is very important. Vaiddhy delivers goods in a rather limited way. The cinematography works in fits and starts. Originally produced by Ravi Babu, it was acquired by Dil Raju. As such, you can’t expect high production values of the kind Raju’s movies are known for.
Aaviri 2019 Movie Positive Points Of The Movie
- The initial scenes manage to create interest.
- The film doesn’t take much time to enter the story.
- The director shows some skill in getting the scares right.
Aaviri 2019 Movie Negative Points Of The Movie
- Once the premise is set, the film descends into scenes that stretch out endlessly.
- The girl’s parents behave rather stupidly despite being their house having the latest equipment like CCTV cameras.
- The emotional scenes in the second half fall flat.
- The visuals are too minimalist.
- Satyanand’s script doesn’t throw up any smarts.
- The climax is shoddily told.
- The heroine’s acting in the second half leaves much to be desired. It robs the film of any curiosity factor that might be there.
Aaviri 2019 Movie Final Verdict
After the super-flop ‘Adhugo’, Ravi Babu had to make a solid entertainer but ‘Aaviri’ proves to be rather simplistic. It’s in the zone of an ‘Avunu-2’ rather than ‘Avunu’. One feels the director has to shed his obsession with horror flicks. The genre has been done to death. Human dramas like ‘Laddu Babu’ would be better to go with.