Cast: Srikanth, Kamalini Mukherjee, Ajay, Kamal Kama Raju and others
Story : Neelakanta
Music Director: RP Patnaik
Producer: Anil Meka
Banner: Meka Media
Jaidev ( Srikanth) is a journalist who fights against the corruption and wrong doings of politician Jangayya (Ahuti Prasad). Once when they are in a conversation, Naxalites kill Jangayya and take Jaidev as a protection and escapes from the city. On their way back to forest, Jaidev comes to know about the story of Hari (Kamal Kamaraju), Ramakrishna (Ravi Varma), Mallaiah (Sivaji Raja), Gogi’s wife Rehana etc.
He starts convincing them for which he becomes Virodhi (Enemy) to the troop leader Gogi (Ajay) and the rest of the story is how he survives? And what he does?
How they performed?:
Virodhi is a rare kind of situation in which the director is able to extract excellent performance from the actors. Srikanth unveiled the other side in him by underplaying in most of the scene. Ajay had proved himself by dominating most of the first half. Sivaji Raja and Kamal Kama Raju are good. Kamalini is good in what ever little she is offered.
Neelakanta, Once the National award winner for Best Screenplay had once again proved his mettle with excellent screenplay. He perfectly etched the characters of every naxallite. He is successful is convincing the audience that Naxallites are also not an different though they work on same idealogy. Cinematography and RP’s BGM in the second half in top notch.
However, his direction let the movie down.
The movie reminds me of Mani Ratnam’s Roja in which Portaganist gets kidnapped by Terrorists. The only difference I felt is the difference in characterization of Madhubala there and Kamalini Mukherjee here. The slow screenplay tests the patience of the movie. However, you can opt to watch it once.