Mangalavaaram marks director Ajay Bhupathi's second collaboration with Payal Rajput.
Mangalavaaram, a mystery thriller headlined by actor Payal Rajput, on Tuesday made its streaming debut. The film is now streaming on Disney+Hotstar in multiple languages, including Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi.
Mangalavaaram marks director Ajay Bhupathi's second collaboration with Payal Rajput. He made his directorial debut with RX 100, a tragic romantic drama starring Payal as the female lead. However, Mangalavaaram has a bigger canvas and budget compared to the actor-director's previous film.
Mangalavaaram was monuted on a huge budget and the producers gave it a grand pan-India release in multiple languages. Considering that South Indian films are steeped in myths of folklore and rural tradition and culture, the filmmakers hoped that Mangalavaaram would strike a rich vein with movie buffs from across the country. However, things didn't pan out the way the filmmakers envisioned.
Mangalavaaram tanked at the box office by earning less than Rs 15 crore from its worldwide ticket sales against the production cost of Rs 20 crore. The mixed reviews from the critics and A certificate awarded by the censor board may have likely undercut the film's box office potential. It remains to be seen whether the film can manage to find a wider audience following its theatrical release.
"Mangalavaaram has a unique backdrop and is narrated well for the most part. Payal Rajput gives her career-best performance and will surely shock you with her bold character. Barring the slow first half, the twists and turns are good and the amazing background score keeps you engaged in this dark thriller," read OTTplay's 3-star review.
Based on the trailer, Mangalavaaram promises an intense mystery drama filled with powerful emotions like love, lust, and revenge. The story unfolds in a village facing a mysterious threat, with a string of unexplained deaths occurring on Tuesdays.
Although the trailer doesn't disclose much about the menacing force plaguing the villagers, it hints at the involvement of a vengeful woman. It seems likely that Payal Rajput's character holds a tragic past, serving as the core of the curse gripping the village. Ajay Bhupathi has written and directed the film, featuring a cast including Priyadarshi Pulikonda, Chaitanya Krishna, Divya Pillai, Ravindra Vijay, Ajay Ghosh, and others.