November 27, 2009 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Cast: Allu Arjun, Navdeep, Ajay, Kajal, Shraddha Das and others.
Banner: Aditya Arts.
Cinematography: RD Rajasekhar.
Editing: Marthand K. Venkatesh.
Music: Devisri Prasad.
Presenter: BVSN Prasad.
Producer: Aditya Babu.
Release Date: November 27, 2009
With Aarya (Arjun) around, I never felt the requirement for an enemy announces Ajay (Navdeep). Blow hot, blow cold, Aarya creates a problem for Ajay and solves it ASAP thereby making the latter feel gratitude for him. The protagonist is incredulous, whimsical, neurotic. In the midst of the story he gets friendly, he gets angry, jealous and sometimes friendship is more important than love, vice versa and finally he ends up being confused. He poses questions and answers it himself, writes his resolutions in a diary to make sure he doesn't forget, distract or lose focus. Basically he is a man who suffers an identity crisis that has stemmed from loneliness. Now if writing such a story can be difficult, lifting it onto the screen can be quite complicating for him as well as the audiences.
Sukumar's creation, it's not only weighty, it takes various twists and turns and tests, taxes the patience of audiences who are used to simple formula entertainment. The director actually thinks he's made something intelligent like the character of the quirky Aarya, but gives in somewhere to a routine faction sub-plot. Wonder what made him stretch a story that revolved on a personality disorder only to finally announce that he's a good, plain-hearted soul who would do anything for anyone. Though the film started off on logical lines it gets tedious as the story progresses and one begins to empathise with Ajay for all the suffering he is going through.
Arjun's trademark energy, effusion is all okay but it's the director who plays spoilsport. In an attempt to bring out all the emotions Arjun ends up being so mechanical, that in scenes where he needs to express love in his eyes just doesn't show up. His dances are fantastic and you can see the passion with which he moves every bone in his body. Navdeep's role and work is more winsome and relatable. He was thoroughly wasted in the first half of the film, a talented actor like him was compelled to stick to one irritated look throughout. Ajay's part was a mockery, again the director didn't know where he was heading.
The film could have been trimmed. Aarya 2 is a disappointing movie, characters having their own strange goals, analysis and approach. The songs are fabulously shot, cinematography is a treat, Ringa Ringa is disgustingly voyeuristic despite a few deletions. There is nothing funny about Brahmanandam either. The film irritates you, it promises a very interesting beginning but as it moves ahead you are treated to a routine ending. Infact you could run the risk of seeing a psychologist like Brahmanandam if you'd take the movie seriously or even lightly. Confused? That's about the film!