Title :GautamiPutra SathaKarni
CBFC Rating : U/A
Run-Time : 2 Hrs 25 Mins
Release Date : 12-01-2017
Banner : First Frame Entertainments
Cast : Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shriya Saran, Hema Malini and Others
Music : Chiranthan Bhatt
DOP : Gnana Sekhar
Producer : Rajeev Reddy, Bibo Srinivas, Sai Babu
Direction : Krish
Gutamiputra Satakarni (Balakrishna) narrates the true story of the warrior king who fights various wars to spread the Telugu empire with the idea of unification of all the small kingdoms. The film showcases the important wars he waged.
Nandamuri Balakrishna lives in the role of king, he is not playing Satakarni, he is Satakarni. His reactions when meeting with various kings and his words to them to bring under one umbrella, show his authority and confidence. His demeanor when talking with mother and wife, the subtle changes in expressions and emotions all reflect his acting prowess. It is one of the best characters in his life and he breathes life into it.
Shriya is good as a queen of a fierce warrior. She holds her own against a giant like Balakrishna. Since her character too is of good importance, overall her performance too is enhanced.
Hema Malini, is given the most powerful and respectable character in the film. She conveys all that with her expressions without ever going overboard. One of the best scenes in the film where Satakarni asks her to sit on the throne works only because of her presence. The scene wouldn’t have the same effect without her.
Milind Gunaji and Kabir Bedi do their parts well. The rest of the artists too are good for their small bits and pieces roles.
Not enough drama besides the war
Director Krish has done wide variety of films so far. Gautamiputra Satakarni adds to that list. This time it is a historical film but his style can be still seen in it. The basic story remains simple but there is a strong underlying message accompanying it.
The message here is unity of all the people as a nation. Together we must face the outside enemies. If there are issues within it must be solved within and not lead to a situation where an outsider takes advantage. This message is told across the three battles the king has first within and then from outside. When we reach the end, the way everyone rallies behind the biggest head, King Satakarni is neatly told. One could have arrived to that situation with better twists and turns and the wars scenes could have been more excitingly shot. But these are minor grievances when we look at the overall scale and scope of the film with the budget it had.
Music and background score by Chirantan Bhat is superb. The cinematography by Gnana Sekhar VS is excellent. But the real highlight of the film along with hero Nandamuri Balakrishna is dialogues by Sai Madhav Burra. Production values by Y Rajeev Reddy and Saibabu Jagarlamudi are worth appreciating.
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