Story, Screenplay, and Direction: Sankalp Reddy
Behind the Scenes:
Mega Prince Varun Tej has chosen the path less taken in Telugu Film Industry. The actor is not after the numbers and the mass image but is trying to deliver a variety of subjects. This time he has chosen a Space Thriller, Antariksham with Sankalp Reddy who delivered a National Award Winning film like Ghazi. Let us see how Antariksham is received by the audience:
Dev (Varun Tej) is an astronaut trained in Russia. He leaves his job due to a personal tragedy which also results in a big professional failure. But Dev is wanted to correct the orbit of a misfired satellite ‘Viprayaan’. The satellite goes out of its orbit and can potentially fail the entire communication system of the World if not corrected. Since it is a matter of India’s honour, the services of Dev are needed. Did Dev agree to come back? How he set the Indian flag soaring? forms the rest of the story.
Varun Tej should be appreciated for selecting Unique Subjects. He did complete justice to the role of an astronaut in the film. Lavanya Tripathi is seen in a little but crucial role and she is good. Aditi Rao Hydari who is seen as an astronaut is crucial for the film in the second half. Satyadev, Raghu, Avasarala Srinivas are also seen in important roles and they are fine.
Director Sankalp Reddy should be appreciated for choosing different subjects. He did a decent job even with the limited resources he is given. But the mistake he does with this film is that he defied logic at a crucial juncture of the film and from then, the film went downhill and never recovered. The artwork and cinematography are very good. Songs do not have much prominence but background score impresses. Editing is decent and Production Values should have been better for the genre. VFX disappoints at places.
The director has taken his own time in starting the story in the first half. The ambition of Dev, His Love Story, and the problem that arises forms the first half which is not so good. The movie enters the space in the second half. The novel factor of the genre and some thrills here and there impresses the audience. Some of the scientific terms used will confuse the audience. The ad-hoc space mission defies all logic and the audience start detaching with the film from there. Zero Gravity sequences should have been handled better. Finally, Antariksham has its good moments but it may not appeal to the people who watched Hollywood films like Interstellar and Gravity.
Antariksham: Has its Moments but not Perfect
Cast: Varun Tej, Lavanya Tripathi, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Others
DOP: Gnanasekhar V.S
Music: Prashanth Vihari
Editor: Karthika Srinivas
Producers: Y Rajeev Reddy and J Sai Babu
Banner: First Frame Entertainments
Release Date: 21st December 2018