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Srivalli is a sci-fi erotic thriller, which explores the advanced scientific concepts of brainwave simulation and mapping. The story revolves around the effects and repercussions the protagonist faces after undergoing an experiment on brainwave simulation.
Srivalli and her father and brother move back to their hometown in India after living few years in the USA. Srivalli reconciles with her childhood friend, Gautham. After an accident, in which her father dies and her brother slips into the coma, Srivalli relies heavily on Gautham for emotional support.
Meanwhile, their professor is on the verge of creating history by successfully mapping and recording brainwaves. Srivalli volunteers to become a subject in his experiments, despite knowing the risks hoping to bring her brother out of the coma.
What ensues further is utter chaos. Soon after the experiment, Srivalli starts having erotic dreams of a lover from her past life. In her dreams, she is also harassed and assaulted by Andrea, her classmate from the USA. Things escalate after that and become violent and very realistic. Srivalli soon loses track of the past and present. In the end, we uncover that underneath it all it is a story about revenge.
Saying that the ‘Baahubali’ and ‘BajrangiBhaijaan’ writer’s directorial venture, Srivalli, is a disappointment, and is a huge understatement. The movie had the potential to be a big hit with the concept of brain mapping plus the slightly clichéd now, but the still intriguing thread of past lives and reincarnation and revenge. But all the elements do not come together and leaves this movie a mess. It reminds one of another poorly executed movie, Rudraksha.
When the audience is accustomed to the stunning visual effects of Baahubali, the decades-old technology used in this movie makes the visual effects an eyesore. The cinematography is amateurish as well as the editing. The background score and the music is nothing to write home about. You will forget it as soon as you leave the hall, unlike the movie.
Vijayendra Prasad’s screenplay and direction is nothing at all that you might have expected from him. Some scenes are outright cringe-worthy and make you want to walk out the hall before the end credits.
n the entire cast, the only memorable character is Srivalli’s father. The lead actors are consistent with their average performances.
And the rest of the cast is nothing worth mentioning. The poorly executed script may have overshadowed all of their performances, but the efforts were also subpar.
1) The theme attracts the audiences, the whole idea of science being able to explore the past lives and control the subconscious mind.
2) Rajamouli quotes a scriptural aphorism at the beginning of the movie
What’s not there?
1) The crappy visual effects almost ruin the whole experience.
2) The treatment of the entire film.
The unremarkable script and the seemingly below average performances of the entire cast and crew makes Srivalli a movie you’ll be just too happy to miss.
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