Kousalya Krishnamurthy Review: Cliched Cricket Drama

Movie: Kousalya Krishnamurthy
Rating: 2.5/5
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Cast: Aishwarya Rajesh, Rajendra Prasad, Sivakarthikeyan, Karthik Raju, Jhansi, C.V.L. Narasimha Rao, Ravi Prakash, and others
Music: D N Thomas
Cinematography: Andrew
Editor: Kotagiri
Producers: KA Vallabha
Direction: Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao
Release Date: August 23, 2019

Aishwarya Rajesh has been hitting the filmy headlines with her excellent performances in Kollywood. “Kousalya Krishnamurthy” is her Telugu debut.

Let’s find out its merits and demerits.

Story:
Krishnamurthy (Rajendra Prasad), a farmer in a small village, is an avid cricket lover. More than worrying about his hardships in life, and mounting agriculture loans, he gets heartbroken when India loses in the cricket world. Such is the craze about the game of cricket.

Seeing her father’s passion, his daughter Kousalya (Aishwarya Rajesh) decides to become a cricketer and she is good at spinning the ball. She gets selected to the national academy.

She is about to play her first big match while her father going through problems.

Will she achieve her dream and her father’s dream as well?

Artistes’ Performances:
Aishwarya Rajesh is natural, fitted to the T. She is believable as a cricketer. Veteran actor Rajendra Prasad has displayed his matured performance once again.

Siva Karthikeyan as coach and Jhansi as Aishwarya’s mother leave an impression among other actors.

Technical Excellence:
Technical values are competent enough. Background score is very apt. Cinematography is decent. 

Highlights:
Story of a women cricketer
Performances

Drawback:
Predictable screenplay
Romantic thread
Slow Narration
Chak De India-feel

Analysis
Sports dramas have become regular in the recent past with movies like “Jersey”. Even films like “Dear Comrade” and “Majili” had shown the angle of women cricketer partially. And Bollywood had given us many memorable sports movies like “Chak De India”.

Despite the overused theme in Indian films, the story of “Kousalya Krishnamurthy”, which is partly-dubbed and partly remade movie, has enough material to hold.

The story writer has mixed two topics - the farm distress and women cricket and this has made the film slightly different from other sports-based movies. But it falters on narration.

“Kousalya Krishnamurthy” works only in some parts. The engrossing parts of the movie are related to Rajendra Prasad’s characterization and the episodes in final portions.

Scenes like Rajendra Prasad showing interest to watch a cricket match even when a tragic incident happened in his family and the police station episode stand out in the film.

Due to performances of Rajendra Prasad and Aishwarya Rajesh, this movie holds interest to an extent but this is too clichéd story line and very predictable screenplay.

Much of the proceedings is not at all appealing. The romantic track in the village is quite off-putting.

Director Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao seems to have followed the exact flow of the original movie “Kanaa”. Moreover, major sequences especially the second half seem to have used the original Tamil movie to this Telugu version, those scenes were not re-shot.

The Siva Karthikeyan episode though interesting is an exact copy of Shah Rukh Khan’s “Chak De India”.

The film’s climax portions and the message about the farmers have worked out well.

All in all, “Kousalya Krishnamurthy” is a sincere attempt with good messages but it is also filled with clichéd sequences, and predictable narration.

Bottom-line: Part Remake Part Dubbing