Kalki 2898 AD Movie Review: Amitabh Bachchan Leads in the film with a Dystopian Epic Blending Mythology and Science Fiction


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For an exceptional cinematic experience, Kalki 2898 AD is a must-watch. The bond between Buji and Bhairav provides great entertainment. Amitabh Bachchan’s return to a powerful role is a highlight. It’s a film you can enjoy with family at the theater, promising a blend of action, technology, and a hint of what's to come in the sequel.

Kalki 2898 AD is a 2024 Indian Telugu-language epic science fiction film directed by Nag Ashwin and produced by C. Aswani Dutt under Vyjayanthi Movies. The film, primarily shot in Telugu with some scenes re-shot in Hindi, features an ensemble cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhas in dual roles, Kamal Haasan, Deepika Padukone, and Disha Patani. As the first installment in the planned Kalki Cinematic Universe, it draws inspiration from Hindu mythology and is set in a post-apocalyptic world in the year 2898 AD. The story revolves around a group of select individuals on a mission to protect the unborn child, Kalki, of SUM-80, a lab subject, against the backdrop of a dystopian future.
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Kalki 2898 AD movie review: Prabhas’ latest film, Kalki 2898 AD, has finally hit the theaters. Given the buzz surrounding this movie, I couldn’t resist checking it out, despite the mixed feelings after his previous films, Adipurush and Salaar. After watching Kalki 2898 AD, it felt like Prabhas had a significant guest appearance rather than a leading role. For those wanting more of him, we might have to wait for a potential sequel. However, the innovative technology and action scenes presented in the film make it worth watching, just not in an early morning show as the first half might put you to sleep.


Kalki 2898 AD movie plot Before the release, the production team warned against sharing spoilers. So, I’ll try to give you an idea of the story without revealing too much. Set in the year 2898 AD, the world has dramatically changed. The rich have become richer, and the poor have been reduced to slaves. Among these slaves are a few revolutionaries who have created their own city, Shambala, where they still worship God. Their enemy is Kali (played by Kamal Haasan), who has built a new world for the rich called the Complex. The story revolves around the birth of a divine child that the revolutionaries want to see born, but Kali and his army aim to eliminate this child before birth. To find out what happens next, you’ll have to watch Kalki 2898 AD.

One of the highlights is seeing a young Amitabh Bachchan, who plays Ashwatthama from the Mahabharata era, on the big screen. This moment alone is worth the price of the ticket. However, a request to South Indian filmmakers: please don’t stretch the first half so much in an attempt to make two-part films that the audience ends up staring at their phones instead of the screen. If the story can be completed in one part, there’s no need to drag it out to a second. The first half of the film might seem boring, but the second half takes a sudden, engaging turn.

Direction and Writing

Kalki 2898 AD director Kalki 2898 AD is directed by Nag Ashwin, marking his first action film, and he has truly delivered a cinematic spectacle. Watching this movie in the theater feels like experiencing a Hollywood film. Every action scene is spectacular and original, whether it’s Prabhas’ fight sequences or the battles involving Ashwatthama and Bhairav. Ashwin blends modern fighting techniques with traditional action scenes, referencing the Mahabharata for Ashwatthama’s sequences. The story, also written by Ashwin, moves slowly in the first half but shifts gears dramatically in the second half, becoming increasingly engaging. The film also has a good mix of comedy.

Previously, Ashwin directed Mahanati with Keerthy Suresh and Dulquer Salmaan, which was an emotional drama without any action. He won audiences’ hearts with its emotional depth. However, Kalki 2898 AD lacks this drama. Even with emotional scenes, like Deepika crying for her child, the connection doesn’t hit home as strongly. For example, in Jawan, Deepika’s character evokes strong emotions, which is missing here. Nonetheless, the actors have given their best effort. Unlike Baahubali or Pushpa, Kalki lacks powerful dialogues and memorable songs that linger post-viewing.


 Kalki 2898 AD movie performances The biggest gripe with Kalki 2898 AD is Prabhas’ character. Compared to other characters, Prabhas has less screen time, with only a few scenes in the first half. He plays Bhairav and another character, winning hearts with his acting, comic timing, and action. However, his character seems weak and confusing when compared to the roles of Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, and Kamal Haasan. It’s unclear if he’s the hero of the film until the climax hints at his future significance. Hopefully, the second part will give Bhairav more development.

Amitabh Bachchan, playing Ashwatthama, is undoubtedly the film’s standout attraction. His entry brings a new energy to the theater, and his action scenes are impressive, even putting younger actors to shame. His performance alone is worth watching on the big screen. Kamal Haasan does justice to his role, hinting at more to come in the sequel. Deepika Padukone performs her role earnestly, while Disha Patani’s character is forgettable by the second half. Cameos by Dulquer Salmaan, Vijay Deverakonda, Ram Gopal Varma, and SS Rajamouli are enjoyable.

Final Verdict

For an exceptional cinematic experience, Kalki 2898 AD is a must-watch. The bond between Buji and Bhairav provides great entertainment. Amitabh Bachchan’s return to a powerful role is a highlight. It’s a film you can enjoy with family at the theater, promising a blend of action, technology, and a hint of what’s to come in the sequel.

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