Aranya Review: A VFX spectacle let down by thin plot

Aranya review focuses on key aspects of the movie such as story, performances, direction & screenplay, cinematography, and VFX. Here is the review of the Aranya film that is currently screening in your nearby theatres.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Mar 26, 2021 11:45 IST
Aranya Review: A VFX spectacle let down by thin plot
Aranya Review

Prabhu Solomon's one of the most anticipated drama films Aranya recently hit the theatres on 26th March 2021. The movie stars Rana Daggubati, Vishnu Vishal, Pulkit Samrat,  Zoya Hussain, Shriya Pilgaonkar, and Nadackal Unnikrishnan. Given below is an in-depth Aranya review that provides you a complete insight into the movie.

Aranya movie focuses on damage caused to nature by growing population and Industrialisation due to which forests are being cut down thus making life difficult for its residents. Here is our Aranya review that you should definitely check out before going to the theatres. 

Aranya Review 

Story: Narendra Bhupathi alias Aranya (Rana Daggubati) is a nature lover. Forests and wildlife are his lifeblood. If his grandparents write off 500 acres of forest to the government ... he will be the custodian of that forest and the wildlife there. Receives the Forest Man of India Award from the President for planting over one lakh plants. He stays in the forest and is well known to the elephants and tribals there. If so .. Forest Minister Kanakamedala Rajagopalam (Anant Mahadevan) can be found on the forest site.
DRL hopes to build a township there. For this, he wants to destroy 60 acres of forest. How did nature lover Aranya prevent this? How did the minister torture Aranya who had disrupted his dream project? How did Aranya finally save the forest and the elephants? That's the rest of the story.

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Performances: Rana Daggubati is one of the few actors to appear in a variety of roles and story films. From the beginning of his career, he has been playing various roles. Rana Naijam is the transcendence of any character in it. Recently it has been proved once again. Rana excelled in the role of Aranya.

Rana Daggubati, Vishnu Vishal, Pulkit Samrat,  Zoya Hussain in Aranya
Rana Daggubati, Vishnu Vishal, Pulkit Samrat, Zoya Hussain in Aranya 

Vishnu Vishal did justice to the role of Singa. Shriya Pingolkar as a journalist and Zoya Hussain as a Naxalite seemed to be short-lived. Mahadevan played the role of the villain. Comedian Raghubabu tried to be funny as long as he was short. The rest of the cast acted within the scope of their roles.


Direction & Screenplay: Occupying forests for human selfishness and destroying natural resources threatens the survival of wildlife. Kathe ‘Aranya’ is the story of a man who bravely confronts the situation where elephants lose their survival due to human selfishness. Prabhu Salmon, the Tamil director who impressed the Telugu audience with films like 'Premakhaidi' and 'Gajaraju', chose this subject and the expectations from 'Aranya' increased.


However, the director did not live up to those expectations. The story is good .. the approach shown on the screen is not good. The director failed to make the strong story interesting. It was fine until the introduction of the characters .. After that Eto took the story, the narrative. I do not understand why the Naxalites were brought into the story. Also, Singa's love affair with a female Maoist does not seem so interesting. 


Cinematography: The way the jungle fights for wild animals could not be shown impressively. The seamless scenes change the impression on the film. The average viewer gets the impression that the story goes on simply without any twists. The emotional scenes between the elephants and Rana also seem to have faded. It would be nice if Aranya's character could also be further strengthened.

Aranya Movie VFX
Aranya Movie VFX 


VFX: The main strength of this film is the visual effects. The whole theme of the movie revolves around the jungle. Most of the shooting took place in the jungle. The wild beauties are nicely shown on screen. The audience gets the impression of being in the theater or in the jungle. Cinematography AR Ashok Kumar Difficulty appears in every frame.

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Conclusion: Aranya makes a convincing pitch to the viewers that elephants have feelings and no one should destroy the natural ecosystems. The message might be the only good thing about this story because everything else seems to lose its sheen. Solomon drops seeds of thoughts all over the forest and expects us to connect the dots when neither the path nor the storytelling is interesting. Quite frankly, Rana and the elephants needed a better film.

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