Anushka’s big-budget flick Rudhramadevi, made bilingual simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu, has been received with mixed response from audiences in theatres across Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. However, the overall response is very encouraging, distributors point out.
The historical film which narrates the tale of the 13th century Kakatiya queen and which has Anushka playing the title role was one of the long-awaited big films in recent times. It has a huge star-cast including Anushka, Allu Arjun, Rana Daggubari, Prakash Raj, Nithya Menen and Catherine Tresa. The Tamil version of the film is releasing a week later on next Friday (16th October).
Telugu audiences, who welcomed S.S. Rajamouli’s Prabhas-Rana-Anushka-Tamannaah starrer Baahubali with thunderous response a couple of months back, have evoked mixed reaction to the release of Rudhramadevi.
Some critics have given 4 out of 5 stars while a few harsh critics have just given 1.5 stars out of 5. Huge sets and pleasing visuals and performances by Anushka, Allu Arjun and Prakash have been praised.
Maestro Ilaiyaraaja’s music has also been lauded by critics. Though the songs are very good, critics say that director-producer Gunasekhar had ‘inserted’ them in the film at wrong times as they act as the ‘speed-breakers’ of the fast-paced script.
Ajayan Vincent’s cinematography has also been appreciated by the audience. Use of technology was also found wanting in 3-D sequences, some critics have pointed out.