Acharya movie review: Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Pooja Hegde film is a masterclass in what not to do in a star vehicle

A coal mine, created and framed as if it is located in KGF, the place and the film. People in sullied white clothes are working beyond their capacity.

This is not the main plot of Koratala Siva's Acharya, but only one among the many subplots.

Even if the setup  a blessed people and their blessed village in danger is promising, and can create many potential moments where the star can be equated to a literal goddess, the writing is too distracted.

That is the central issue of the film —thinking that many small ideas are better than one good idea.

Unlike the villains that populate it, Telugu commercial cinema viewers are not greedy. When they buy a ticket

all they expect is a film that allows them the opportunity to hoot and whistle. Instead of giving them moments worthy of the actors' fandom

Siva wastes time on elaborate and unexciting exposition. Many minutes into the film, someone in the theatre shouted: "Hero ni introduce cheyandi ra," and I am with him

And when the hero finally does enter, the introduction — one of the cornerstones of a successful masala film — is thoroughly underwhelming.