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Athidhi

Review of Athidhi: A Confused Show That Attempts To Scare You With The Most Ineffective Ghost Before Offering A Vague Woke Speech At The End

Athidhi Review: Star Rating: 2.5/5

Cast: Venu Thottempudi, Avantika Mishra, Venkatesh Kakumanu, Ravi Varma, Bhadram, Gautam Aditi, Chanakya Teja, and ensemble.

Creator: Y.G. Bharath

Director: Y.G. Bharath

Streaming On: Disney+ Hotstar.

Language: Telugu.

Runtime: 6 Episodes, Around 40 Minutes Each.

Story:

Writer Ravi Varma (Venu Thottempudi) and his crippled wife Sandhya (Aditi Gautam) reside in a mansion. A mystery woman by the name of Maaya (Avanthika Mishra) visits Ravi on a wet night and requests permission to spend the night at the mansion. She is allowed in after Ravi accepts her request. On the other hand, Savari (Venkatesh Kakamanu), a YouTuber who frequently uploads videos about ghost hunting, becomes frightened after encountering a ghost.

At Ravi’s estate, he too looks for refuge. Savari sees Maaya there and thinks she is a ghost, not a person. In order to save their lives, he advises Ravi that they should leave the estate as soon as possible.

Plus Points:

The main characters are skillfully introduced, and the plot begins without delay from the first scene. Things are first exciting because of the background’s scary element. Venu Thottempudi gave a delicate performance in this suspenseful horror movie. Athidhi shows he still has it by showing excellent emotion in pivotal scenes.

Avanthika Mishra was given a fun role, and she did a good job. In addition to conveying a message to society through her character, she also had a great appearance. In his portrayal as a YouTuber, Venkatesh Kakamanu was lovely. His straightforward but impactful presentation leaves a trace.

Minus Points:

Although the series’ plot is excellent on paper, it was not successfully adapted for the screen. There was a lot of potential for creating scares using jump scares and other horror elements, but the execution lacked impact. The use of cliched scenarios prevented the scary effects from working as intended.

The manner the twists are revealed is the worst flaw, though. These twists are crucial to the plot of the show, and their impact would have been much greater if they had been handled fairly. Because of the way a few scenes are presented, one can predict the turns well in advance, and here is where the program falls short.

What It’s About in the Athidhi Review:

A wealthy guy who lives with his crippled wife receives a knock at the door one enigmatic night from a strange woman. Parallel stories about a ghost wreaking havoc in the village at night are told, and when the ghost buster visits the same residence, he adds to the confusion. We are led by turns through a ghost mystery, a heist, and social media.

Review of Athidhi: Star Performance:

The show’s star, Venu Thottempudi, appears in nearly every frame. He moves around with such a lackadaisical air that after a while you, the audience, wish he would at least alter the one expression on his face. His credo is “10 emotions, 2 expressions,” and he slavishly adheres to it as though doing otherwise would result in a reduction in salary.

The most inconsistently written villain in a very long time must be Avantika Mishra. They give her the name Maya, wringing every last drop of subtly out of it. The performer makes a valiant effort to resemble one of those Bhatt heroines who looked sexy while acting frightened or menacing, but that also requires a Bhatt to direct.

Technical elements

The impact of a couple of instances was improved by Kapil Kumar’s background music, which is neat. Manojh Katasani does a terrific job with the cinematography. The series moves quickly, but as it gets closer to its conclusion, everything starts to feel hurried. Production values are satisfactory.

Verdict:

Athidhi is, overall, a mediocre horror thriller with a few standout scenes. Good performances were given by Avanthika Mishra, Venu Thottempudi, and Venkatesh Kakamanu. The show lacks the anticipated thrills while having an intriguing premise and content. Because of how important twists are revealed, Athidhi falls short to some extent as well.

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