Siva Siva


U/A, 2h 9m

Panja-Vaishnav-Tej--Aadikeshava-Movie-ReviewWhat Is the Film About?

Balu (Vaisshnav Tej) is a happy-go-lucky guy with a lovely family. He has a high-paying job at Earthy Cosmetics, thanks to Chitra, whom he also loves.

Balu’s happy life gets a twist when he is taken to Brahmasamudram. Jangareddy terrorises it, and now Balu has to face him. Why he went to the place and what eventually happened is the movie’s basic plot.


Vaisshnav Tej returns to the big screen after a year’s gap with another commercial outing. Adikeshava is a regular mass entertainer, the likes of which were frequent a couple of decades ago.

There are two shades to enact for Vaishnav Tej here. The one is a typical youngster who has fun with everyone (friends, family, lover). Vaishnav Tej is alright here. However, when it comes to the other shade involving action, he comes across as trying too hard. The constant blank expression conflated for subtlety and intensity doesn’t help that cause. There are dances and fights, additionally, where the effort shows.

All said and done; the role offers nothing memorable to Vaishhnav Tej. It seems to exist only to show that he could do an action movie. That’s it.

Sreeleela looks like a million bucks and does what she has been doing since her debut – appear like a glamour doll and dance elegantly and energetically. Nothing new is there to do otherwise.


Srikanth N Reddy writes and directs Adikeshava. He has picked an age-old commercial plot for the film, which involves a hero facing a mighty challenge and rescuing all the suppressed from the clutches of a terrorising villain.

The opening sequence establishing the villain confirms the expectations, and the pedal is never off the (routine) foot of the director.

The more significant issue with Adikeshava is the sheer lack of novelty in the proceedings. Once the villain is introduced and we are back to the main setting, even here, things happen routinely.

The family fun and romance follow an established pattern. Every scene feels like done to death. To make things worse, even the actors go through the motions without trying anything at all. The way these things are put together also generates an artificial air with awkwardly filled background scores.

A comedy scene or two is followed by a close interaction or change of heart from the heroine, and these incidents lead to a song. Everything feels so formulaic and pedestrian. A smooth flow in the narrative is missing, giving us a patchy feel.

The interval comes with a twist in the tale and also shows why the movie falls flat. It belongs to decades-old mass flicks.

The second half starts on a predictable note again, which hardly comes across as a surprise. However, flashes of irony here and a self-aware tone in comedy make one wonder if the entire film could have been made with similar fun infusion.

What’s present, unfortunately, is not enough to hold attention. The emotional moments, too, are not properly done as they appear to be placed in the narrative as if checking a box instead of growing organically. Everything looks rushed.

The ending is as flat and dull as it can get. It leads to weariness despite such a short run time. A slight twist at the end is the only genuine fun moment in the movie that, not surprisingly, ties into the fun flashes mentioned above.

Overall, Adikeshava is made on a tried and tested formula whose recipe expired many years ago. The fun bits are too small to revive the narrative, making it an outdated viewing experience.

Sreeleela-Aadikeshava-Movie-ReviewPerformances by Others Actors

Joju George, a supremely talented Malayalam actor, makes his Telugu debut with Adikeshava. Unfortunately, it’s a wasted opportunity as the role offers him nothing exciting besides playing a full-on cruel guy.

Among the rest of the supporting cast, Radhika easily stands out, playing a lovable motherly role. Jayaprakrash is okay. Sudarshan, as the hero’s friend, does what he usually does. Aparna Das and Sadah are wasted, whereas Suman is acceptable in a minor part.

Music-Director-GV-PrakashMusic and Other Departments?

GV Prakash’s music is forgettable despite peppering the songs with peppy beats. The songs are bland. The background score is comparatively better but underwhelming nonetheless. Dudley’s cinematography is decent in parts. The editing is smooth, with a crisp runtime. The writing adds to the routine feel throughout. The production values are decent.


Short Runtime

Final Couple Of Minutes


Outdated Plot

Bland Execution

Patchy Narrative

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Aadikeshava Movie Review by M9