This is the story of a forest man who wants to save the jungle and elephants from the evil designs of politicians and corporate biggies. Narendra Bhupathi alias Aranya lives in the jungle after his great grandfathers donate 500 acres of forest land to Government. He vows to protect the forest and its inhabitants and Government also recognizes his efforts and honours him with the Forest Man award.
A politician who knows only the language of money and becomes the Minister eyes the forest land and wants to grab 60 acres of it to construct DRL township which was opposed by Arannya and his elephants. Who won in the end is the brief story of Aranya.
The battle between the nature and man is a sensitive subject which should have been handled with more sensibility without getting drifted away. Unfortunately, this is what happened with Aranya as director Prabhu Solomon faltered badly in executing a powerful subject on screen. The result is the audience left disconnected because of poor screenplay and lengthy narration without highlighting the actual point of contention.
The hard work put up by Rana is seen in every frame and the fact that he has not worked this hard even for Baahubali is quite evident from his performance. Living amidst live jungle locations for days together and giving out the best is not as easier as it looks. Rana deserves applause for his sheer dedication and hard work.
Another redeeming feature is the breathtaking photography by A.R. Ashok Kumar who is the other hero of this film and background score by Shantanu Moitra is the backbone while Resul Pookutty’s mesmerizing sound engineering has enhanced the whole feel of the jungle atmosphere and its an added attraction.
With a more gripping screen play and crisp narrative, Aranya could have definitely done wonders but still can be given a try for its new storyline, technical brilliance and towering performance by Rana.