Starring: Ashwin Babu, Nandita Sweta, Makarand Deshpande, Vidyullekha Raman, Srinivasa Reddy
Director: Aneel Kanneganti
Producer: Sreedhar Gangapatnam
Music Director: Vikas Badisa
Hidimbha, featuring Ashwin Babu and Nandita Sweta in lead roles, has generated significant anticipation with its intriguing trailer. Directed by Aneel Kanneganti, this action thriller takes the audience on a thrilling ride.
The plot revolves around the mysterious disappearance of several women in Hyderabad, posing a challenging case for the police department. A special officer, Aadya (Nandita Sweta), is assigned the responsibility of capturing the criminal mastermind behind these kidnappings, and she teams up with ACP Abhay (Ashwin Babu) to crack the case. Unraveling the fate of the missing women and understanding the motive of the culprit becomes the central focus of the story.
The film gains momentum in the second hour as it delves into the main plot, particularly during the well-executed flashback scenes. The captivating visuals and engaging storytelling style hold the viewers’ attention throughout this phase.
Ashwin Babu impresses with his action-packed performance in the role of ACP Abhay. His dedication to portraying a fit and intense cop is commendable. Nandita Sweta shines in a substantial role, going beyond just being a part of song sequences, and contributes significantly to the film’s narrative.
Makarand Deshpande delivers an outstanding performance as the antagonist, with a well-written character that takes center stage in the second half. His portrayal of wickedness adds depth to the film.
The film suffers from a lackluster first hour, where the establishment of characters and situations falls short of leaving a strong impact. The investigative angle feels clichéd and fails to generate excitement. However, things pick up from the pre-interval point.
The antagonist’s character could have been further developed, providing more intricate details to make it more compelling. Some logical inconsistencies and poorly-conceived investigative scenes detract from the overall experience.
The movie’s excessive violence and gore may not sit well with family audiences, limiting its appeal.
Hidimbha is an action-packed thriller with moments of excitement. While the intriguing backdrop holds promise, the film’s dull narration in the first half dampens its impact. However, the second hour manages to deliver some engaging sequences, and the performances of the lead actors, especially Ashwin Babu and Nandita Sweta, add value to the experience. Despite its shortcomings and violent content, Hidimbha offers a decent option for those seeking a thrilling watch this weekend.