Aranya Movie Review: Soulless Docudrama!

Aranya Review: Soulless Docudrama!

Movie: Aranya
Rating: 2/5

Banner: Eros moving images
Cast: Rana Daggubati, Vishnu Vishal, Zoya Hussain, Shriya Pilgaonkar Ananth Mahadevan, Raghu Babu and others
Dialogues: Vanamaali
Music: Shantanu moitra
Cinematography: AR Ashok Kumar
Editor: Bhuvan
Action: ‘Stunner’ Sam & Stun Siva
Producers: Eros
Written and direction: Prabhu Solomon
Publication date: March 26, 2021

Rana’s ill health, the COVID-19 lockdown and several other factors have delayed the trilingual “Aranya” release. And finally it is here.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this great environmental drama.


Bhupathi aka Aranya (Rana Daggubati) comes from a family that has protected forests and animals for generations.

Aranya dedicates his life to the forest and is also crowned by the President of India.

Kanakamedala Rajagopalam (Ananth Madhavan), a politician and developer, has a dream to build a township in the forest.

How Aranya prepares for a fight with Rajagopalam is the rest of the drama.

Performances by artists:

With a thick beard and an ultra-thin avatar, Rana looks very different from his previous films. As a forest man, Rana seems to have gone to great lengths to play this role.

Unfortunately, except for Rana Daggubati, no character leaves an impression. Tamil actor Vishnu Vishal played the role well. But he suddenly disappears from the scene after an incident.

Anant Mahadevan as a politician is okay. Raghu Babu’s role is flat.

Technical excellence:

The film has been widely edited, with an excellent contribution from the production and technical crew.

Cinematography and rich images full of graphics stand out. The background score and sound design are the best part. It is a technically sounding and visually rich film.

Editing should have been sharper.

Rana’s show
Sound design

The documentary storytelling style
Weak scenario
Flat drama
Boring second half
Long term


“Aranya” is the big budget movie that deals with the greed of some builders to enter the forest area for their real estate projects, which harm nature and the elephants.

In the film with a strong message, Rana plays a forest man who goes to great lengths to protect the ‘natural’ order.

“Aranya”, as the title suggests, is set in the forest and tells about nature, and the film has been shown on a lavish scale.

The director takes his own time to get to the main point. Within 30 minutes of the movie, all the sequences we’ve seen in the trailer appear and the main conflict has also been identified. But the film runs for two and a half hours. This would give a rough idea of ​​how excruciating it would be for the audience for the rest of the movie.

When the conflict comes into act first, the directors generally rely on subplots to serve the public’s interest. But the subplots – a mahout of Kumki (played by Vishnu Vishal), a Naxalite group to fight for the people, and a journalist who records Aranya’s fight – are underdeveloped and have no interest. At intervals, it becomes quite clear that the director has completely lost control of the narration. It becomes a lot of boredom.

Vishnu Vishal and his love story with a Naxalite look spineless. There is no idea why such a half-baked love trail was planted in this film. It only contributed to the extension of the term.

Overall, it’s a weak script with a lot of boring sequences.

In a nutshell, the intention of the director and the message of “Aranya” is noticeable, but the narration lacks interest, sometimes it gives a docudrama feeling, sometimes it looks weird.

Bottom line: Good news, boring story

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