Ahimsa stars Rana Daggubati's younger brother Abhiram Daggubati and veteran director Teja directs it
Ahimsa is set in a small town and is about a couple Raghu (Abhiram) and Ahalya (Geethika). Post their engagement, Ahalya gets brutally raped by an influential person in the village. Raghu, who believes in nonviolence approaches the court but finds everyone against him. A lawyer named Lakshmi(Sada) enters the scene and offers Raghu some help. The rest of the story is as to how Raghu takes revenge on those who raped his fiancee.
Ahimsa is helmed by veteran director Teja who has launched several heroes in Telugu cinema. This time, he takes the mantle of launching Abhiram Daggubati, the grandson of the legendary Rama Naidu. He sets up a story in such a way that the protagonist who hates crime is forced to take it up in order to bring justice to his fiancee.
As the story is routine, the performances had to hold our attention but that does not happen one bit. The main lead, Abhiram Daggubati is just okay in his role and fails to create an intense effect when it is needed the most. He needs to learn a lot when it comes to acting but for his first film, he was okay. Geetha Tiwary makes an impressive debut as the female lead. She as the hyperactive girl does well in her limits.
Popular heroine, Sada is seen in a cameo and brings some depth to the proceedings. But the needed chemistry between the couple on which the film depends is missing completely in the film. Ahimsa is filled with so many redundant scenes that bore the audience time and again. The same old love story, heroine getting raped, her lover fighting against all odds to save her has been showcased in so many films earlier.
The music of Ahimsa is decent as RP Patnaik makes a comeback after a long gap and churns out three wonderful songs. The visuals, dialogues and production design in the film is top notch. But the editing is below par as the pace is slow and the second half is filled with so many repeated scenes. There is absolutely nothing novel that director Teja showcases in this film.
The film comes to a breakpoint on a decent note and one would think that things will get speeded up post the break. But that does not happen as Teja's outdated narrative bores the audience to death. In a way, you exactly know which scene is coming next and how the actors will react. Such is the silliness and predictability of Ahimsa and one gets a feeling at the end as to why this film is made in the first place.
On the whole, Ahimsa is an outdated, boring, and over the top romantic drama that has tried and tested so many times in Indian cinema. There is absolutely nothing that this film offers and the so-called debut of Abhiram Daggbati is also a disappointment.