Aakashavaani, a rustic drama almost entirely starring newcomers in the lead roles is streaming on Sony Liv. Let us see what the film has to offer.
Story: The lives of a group of tribals, who reside in a remote rural pocket that is far from civilization are subject to oppression. They are gulaams to a local Dora (Vinay), who oppresses them in any which way. How does a radio set misplaced by Chadram(Samuthirakani) change their lives?
What about on-screen performances?
The film features hoards of newcomers in the lead roles and all of them make the most of the opportunity and deliver excellent performances. Samuthirakani plays one of the central roles but he has limited screen time. But he manages to impress in the role.
What about off-screen talents?
Ashwin Gangaraju, a former associate of legendary filmmaker Rajamouli is making his directorial debut with Aakashavaani and he picks an intriguing premise first up. He manages to create a completely new world together and transcends the viewers into the same right from the start. While the film might have an interesting premise, it doesn’t cater to all sections of the audience. The film unfolds at its own pace and it demands a great deal of patience from the viewers. The connection between the radio set and the eternal force is the main driving force and Ashwin presents it very well.
The background score and cinematography are of the very best quality. The production designing is excellent as well. Editing could have been better.
- Story’s premise
- Visual presentation
- Doesn’t cater to all sections of the audience
- Pace of narration
Verdict: Aakashavaani is a unique attempt and from the standpoint, it offers something new. However, the slow-paced narration and not-for-everyone theme act against the cause. The screenplay is off-paced. It might make for an okayish one-time watch if you keep your expectations in check.