Pavithra is the personal story of a prostitute that has been inflated into an unwieldy political drama. It’s a brave one, though. The movie starts with Pavithra saying people watched her naked and now it’s time for her to unleash naked truth.
Shriya Saran gave a bravura performance as Pavithra. The glamour quotient soared with her screen presence, and this character took her acting skills to a different altitude. Director Maharshi has found a real gem in Shriya Saran, who spearheads the film with a charismatically watchable performance. She’s in virtually every frame and you hang on her every word. She’s beautiful, brazen and beatifying
Shivaji, Ravi Babu and Sai Kumar played some impressive negative roles. Roja, Telangana Shakuntala, Tanikella Bharani and Yandamuri Veerendranarth were given thinly etched characters and were grossly wasted. Brahmanandam played a cameo in a non-humorous scene.
The entire episode of Pavithra pulling Siva into the trap was heavily inspired from that of Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. Pavithra’s painful story of her joining the murky waters of flesh trade is not convincing. And that too on the advice of her kin is unpalatable. At times, the movie gives an impression that politics is so easy a game!
Janardhana Maharshi shines as a writer with razor sharp dialogue but falters as a director. The poor execution of the film makes for an excruciating movie-watching experience. A scene after scene is piled on with most of them making no sense at all. Sometimes the individual scenes hold value and promise but when they are seen as part of the larger picture they lose their steam. You get disconnected from the movie as where it is heading.
Bottom-line: Pavithra fails miserably in holding the pivotal scenes together. Though it’s a valiant attempt by the writer-director to bring to light the current sorrow state of affairs, the snail paced narration makes it a boring watch. Shriya oozes a lot of oomph into her role and is the only saving grace of the film. It’s an out and out Shriya film with loads of glamour and zilch of entertainment.
My Rating: Expectation – 7/10; Reality – 4/10view less