Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Adithya Varma: Fire & Fear
Adithya Varma (Dhruv Vikram) is a medical student. Though he is a topper in studies and is appreciated by everyone, he is bad at anger management.
For, he is a rebellious, possessive and abusive young man who cannot take rejections. But when he comes across Meera (Banita Sandhu), it is love at first sight for him.
Meera too reciprocates and when everything goes well, their relationship is rejected by Meera’s father, who is strict and caste-conscious.
When Meera enters wedlock with another man as per the wishes of her father, Adithya goes on self-destruction mode with the help of drugs and alcohol.
His family members and friends try to bring him back to normalcy. Are they able to do it or not forms the rest of Adithya Varma
When director Bala walked out of Adithya Varma and Gireesaaya took over the project, many aired doubts over how the film is going to be. But, Adithya Varma, a faithful remake of Telugu film Arjun Reddy (in which Gireesaaya worked as assistant director), is raw and riveting.
Though certain things that were there in the Telugu and Hindi (Kabir Singh) versions have been toned down to suit the Tamil audience, Adithya Varma has almost stuck to the original and deliver goods.
Dhruv Vikram makes a strong debut with this flick, and this young actor can become a star like his father provided he chooses the right script. His performance is casual and believable.
Banita Sandhu is adequate and speaks more with her eyes. Priya Anand is there and does her part well, while Leela Samson is the right choice to play the grandmother of the protagonist.
Ravi K Chandran’s cinematography adds immense value to the movie, while music by Radhan and editing by Vivek Harshan. The first half goes on fast track, but things move slow in the second. Overall, Adithya Varma is a well-made movie that marks the birth of a star- Dhruv Vikram.