Starring: Venu Thottempudi as Ravi Varma, Avanthika Mishra as Maaya
Venkatesh Kakumanu as Savari, Aditi Gautam as Sandhya, Ravi Varma as Supporting Actor
Bhadram as Supporting Actor
Director: Bharath Y.G.
Producer: Praveen Sattaru
Music Director: Kapil Kumar
Venu Thottempudi, a popular actor from the early 2000s who took a break from movies and began his second innings with “Rama Rao On Duty” movie, and is now venturing into web series with “Athidhi”.
Ravi Varma (Venu Thottempudi) is a writer who resides in a mansion with his paralyzed wife, Sandhya (Aditi Gautam). On a stormy night, a mysterious woman named Maaya (Avanthika Mishra) seeks shelter in Ravi’s house. Simultaneously, a YouTuber named Savari (Venkatesh Kakamanu), known for his ghost-hunting videos, becomes terrified after encountering what he believes to be a ghost. Seeking refuge, Savari ends up at Ravi’s mansion, where he spots Maaya and is convinced she is not human but a ghost. He urges Ravi to leave the mansion to save their lives. “Athidhi” unfolds the mystery surrounding Maaya and the choices made by Ravi and Savari.
- The story engages from the outset, introducing key characters seamlessly against a backdrop of horror.
- Venu Thottempudi delivers a compelling performance, showcasing his acting prowess.
- Avanthika Mishra shines in her role and conveys a societal message.
- Venkatesh Kakamanu impresses with his portrayal of the YouTuber.
- Aditi Gautam delivers a decent performance.
- Supporting actors Ravi Varma and Bhadram fulfill their roles effectively.
- The background score by Kapil Kumar complements the horror theme.
- The inclusion of short stories within the series adds to its effectiveness.
- While the series boasts a promising storyline, its execution falls short, particularly in delivering thrills and horror effects.
- The series heavily relies on twists, but they are often predictable due to cliched scenes.
- The ending feels rushed and lacks proper detailing, leaving certain aspects unresolved.
- Kapil Kumar’s background score enhances the impact of key scenes.
- Manojh Katasani’s cinematography is commendable.
- The series maintains a fast pace, but it rushes through critical moments.
- Production values are satisfactory.
“Athidhi” is a partially successful horror thriller with moments of brilliance. Strong performances by Venu Thottempudi, Avanthika Mishra, and Venkatesh Kakamanu elevate the series. Despite an intriguing premise, the show falls short of delivering the expected thrills and chills. The predictability of key twists and a rushed ending hinder its overall impact.