Movie: Arjuna Phalguna
banner: Matnee Entertainment
Cast: Sree Vishnu, Amritha Aiyer, Naresh, Sivaji Raja, Subba Raju, Devi Prasad and others.
Music: Priyadarshan Balasubramanian
Cinematography: Jagadeesh Cheekati
Art: Gandhi Nadikudikar
Action: Ram Sunkara
producers: Niranjan Reddy, Anvesh Reddy
Written and directed: Teja Marni
Publication date: December 31, 2021
The last movie to hit theaters in 2021 is ‘Arjuna Phalguna’ starring Sree Vishnu as the hero.
Arjun (Sree Vishnu) and his four friends struggle to find work. Arjun comes up with a plan to open a soda factory. The bank manager is demanding Rs 50 thousand as a bribe for approving the loan. One of his friends also needs a lot of money. They agree to transport Ganja as a quick route to make money and end up in a mess.
Performances by artists:
Sree Vishnu has played the typical rural youngster with ease. He pronounces the dialogues with a Godavari accent.
Amritha Aiyer is there because a movie needs a heroine. She adds nothing to the movie.
Subba Raj appears as a cop and ends up getting a few scenes. Naresh and Sivaji Raja are doing well.
The technicians have also failed miserably. The camera work is much better. Writing dialogues lacks impact. So is the editor.
Some parts in the second half
Director Teja Marni’s debut film “Johar” was panned by critics. The film lacked engaging narrative skills, but one section liked it only for its political theme.
His second film “Arjuna Phalguna” has no political story. What it does repeat is the same boring story, clueless about the screenplay. This further proves that Teja Marni has no screenplay skills at all.
During thunderstorms, people say “Arjuna Phalguna” to quell the fear. The director makes us keep saying the same thing because we have to put up with this pain of watching illogical crap for two hours.
The film begins as a story of four unemployed friends trying to find a job. Then it turns out to be an action drama as the film shifts to Vizag and the Ganja smuggling angle comes into the story. Later it turns out to be a game of cat and mouse between the police (played by Subbaraj) and the hero. Furthermore, it tries to be an emotional melodrama. At the same time, it imitates “Jathi Ratnalu”.
Within two hours of running time, the director shifts the tone many times, and the film runs directionlessly the entire time. The 2 hour movie gives the feel of a 4 hour story.
First of all, “Arjuna Phalguna” is a film without logic. The first half of the movie is a mess. While some scenes in the second half are better, things continue to go downhill in the penultimate act with the dull narration.
The hero and his gang need only 50 thousand to bribe the banker. One of the hero’s friends takes 30 thousand rupees from his father for Kodi Pandelu. Instead of putting that money on bets, he could have given it to the bank manager and started the factory. The movie would have ended there and saved us from this torture.
The so-called comical scenes with friends test our patience.
In short, Arjun Phalguna has nothing to talk about, it is among the poorly made movies in 2021. A bad end to the year!
In short: Not even Arjuna can save!