Adbhutham review: not a wonder

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Movie: Adbhutham
Banner:
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To throw: Teja Sajja, Shivani Rajasekhar, Satya, Tulasi and others
Music: Radhan
Editor: Garry BH
Cinematography: Vidyasagar
Producers: Chandrasekhar Mogulla
Scenario, dialogues: Lakshmi Bhupala
Realized by: Mallik ram
Release date: November 19, 2021

Following the release of Nithiin’s “Maestro”, Disney + Hotstar presented another Telugu film on its platform. “Adbutham” star Teja Sajja and Shivani Rajasekhar premiered today on Disney + Hotstar.

Let’s find out its merits and its drawbacks.

Story:
Surya (Teja Sajja), who works in a chain, fails in life on all fronts. Suicide is the option he thinks of. Vennela (Shivani), who fails GRE, also thinks about suicide as her father prepares marriage without her interest. At about the same time, she receives a message from her number, which also happens to be Surya’s number. How can two people get the same mobile number? They find they are years apart. How did they connect?

Analysis
“Adbutham” is the latest Telugu film in the time travel genre. A web series called “Kudi Yedamaithe” (Aha) and Hari Prasad Jakka’s recent movie “Play Back” explored the same themes – two people who are in two different timelines connect. Twenty years ago, Korean romantic drama “Il Mare” popularized the concept. Many films followed in a similar style in Korea, Japan and Hollywood.

“Adbutham” begins to carefully establish the characters of Teja Sajja and Shivani Rajasekhar. But the director takes a long time to reveal the twist that they are in two different timelines. Writers Prashanth Varma and Lakshmi Bhupal have tried to present this palpable original story to Telugu audiences by incorporating sequences of comedy and romance. But the sloppy romance has spoiled the mood as Satya’s comedy provides some entertainment.

“Adbutham” has many twists and turns. Some twists are interesting, but others seem forced and unnecessary. The biggest problem is the lack of romantic thread engaging on the main pair. The film needed a more compelling narrative.

As the lead actor, Teja Sajja did the role justice. He fits well in the role of the young man. Shivani is doing well. Satya makes people laugh. The cinematography is correct. None of the songs have an impact.

Overall, “Adbhutham”, despite having some exciting moments and a fairly decent concept, is far from engaging. The lengthy storytelling spoils the good start.

At the end of the line : Do not grab

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