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Saakshyam Movie Review

Title :Saakshyam CBFC Rating : U/A Run-Time : 2 Hrs 46 Mins Release Date : 27-07-2018 Banner : Vaarahi Chalana Chithram Cast : BellamkondaSaiSreenivas, Pooja Hegde, Jagapathy Babu, Vennela Kishore, Ashutosh Rana, Ravikishan, Kabir Dulhan Singh, Posani Krishna Murali and Others Music : Harshavardhan DOP : Arthur Producer : Abhishek Nama Direction: Sriwass

Story:

Munu Swami (Jagapathi Babu) kills the entire family of Vishwa (Bellamkonda Srinivas), as a child. He is later adopted by a rich businessman Prakash (Jaya Prakash). He grows up completely unaware of the killing of his family. How nature which witnessed the barbarous act comes together to avenge the killers is the basic story of the film.

Performances:

Bellamkonda Srinivas plays a rich kid obsessed with games in the movie. He is also the head of an online gaming company. The actor shows a different body language to highlight the same. The casual usage of English in conversation when in the US and later the change when in India show little details in his act. When it comes to dances and action, Bellamkonda Srinivas is superb, as usual. It is a bread and butter kind of thing for him. The climax rage needs to be honed more for mass action in future movies.

Pooja Hegde delivers on what was promised of her. She let's glamour do the talking and also simultaneously shows acting skills when the moment arises.

Jagapathi Babu is terrific playing the coldblooded murderer. He has done similar villain act before but this is more chilling portrayal with no remorse.

Vennela Kishore playing the funny sidekick to hero is adequate. Jaya Prakash and Rao Ramesh play positively impactful roles like only they can. Ashutosh Rana and Ravi Kishan were menacing in brief roles. Posani Krishna Murali and Kabir Duhan Singh were alright in small roles. The rest of the cast were adequate in their parts.

Positives:

Bellamkonda Srinivas Story Concept Grand Production Values Action Scenes Pooja Hegde Glamour

Negatives:

Gets little monotonous in the second half

Analysis:

Director Sriwass known to make perfectly commercial mass movies is back with another mass outing Saakshyam. He wastes absolutely no time in getting into the plot. We know that in the first five minutes itself. It is how the director takes through the rest of the predictable plot by engaging the audience where his talent lies.

Sriwass makes the routine commercial attempt different with the 'nature' angle. It offers a lot of novelty. The way the killings happen keep the audience on the edge of there seats. The all-important action scenes are neatly executed as well.

Still, the first half feels slightly better than the second due to the wholesome appeal it has to the audience. There is a love story, comedy and beautiful songs integrated well into the narrative. The second half, in comparison, comes across as one dimensional and monotonous and that is a problem with the movie when seen as a whole. Still, in the end, one is satisfied with the movie.

The music and background score by Harshavardhan Rameshwar is adequate to the proceedings. In terms of songs, Soundarya Lahari is outstanding. The cinematography by Arthur A Wilson is excellent. The movie gets a grandeur look thanks to his work. The editing is fine. Producer Abhishek Nama needs to be appreciated for backing a difficult subject on such grand scale. The production values are tremendous and give the film a truly big budget status.

Bottom line: Fantasy Mass Entertainer

Rating: 3/5

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