CBFC Rating : U
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 33 Mins
Release Date: 28-12-2018
Banner: Abhishek Films
Cast: Satyadev, Nandita Swetha, Adithya Menon, Brahmaji, Prudhvi, Sijju and Others
Music: Sunil Kashyap
Cinematography: Dasaradhi Sivendra
Producer: Ramesh PillaiPresented By: Sivalenka Krishnaprasad
Screenplay & Directed by Gopi Ganesh Pattabhi
Uttam Kumar aka Gagan Vihari (Satyadev) is a notorious conman who earns money by cheating big shots through various scams. A dreaded criminal played by Aaditya Menon nabs Uttham and demands money. Uttham manages to escape from him but left penniless. Avani (Nandita Swetha) who knows about his past saves Uttham from a dire situation. He changes seeing the good nature of Avani. They both get married and moved to Karnataka. But, he is threatened by Aditya Menon to plot a 100 crore scam or else he will kill them. How did he pull off the final job? Did he really change ? concludes 'Bluff Master'
Satyadev who is known for his performances in many roles did a fabulous job as an intelligent conman who is addicted to money. He completely did justice to his well-written role. He looks confident and did a good job of showing different variations in his role. Satyadev is impressive with his commanding dialogue delivery and good screen presence.
Heroine Nandita Swetha who did the role of an innocent girl with a good heart suits well to her part. She played her part well, especially during emotional scenes. Her scenes with Satyadev added more weight to the emotional quotient in the latter half.
Brahmaji, Aditya Menon, Prudhvi, Sijju fit their roles perfectly and made their presence felt.
Gets slow at times in the second half
Director Gopi Ganesh succeeds in adopting the original film ' Sathurangavettai' effectively by adding local flavor to it. The first half of the film deals with various con jobs. Though these feel repetitive, Director manages to sustain interest through his engaging narration. The story takes a turn during the interval which raises curiosity about the second half.
Second half starts in a similar manner with Satyadev explains how to cheat greedy people to goons who nabbed him. The story takes a turn when Satyadev faces hard times and Avani saves him. Proceedings get a bit slow from here and the events followed their marriage. But, with rice pulling job, the film gets interesting and ends on an emotional note.
Cinematography by Dasaradhi Sivendra is impressive and carries the mood throughout the film with eye-catching visuals. 'Seethakoka Chilukalam' song is aesthetically shot. Sunil Kashyap's BGM impresses while music is okay with two melodies. Dialogues by Gopi Ganesh and Pulagam Chinnarayana deserves special mention. Production Values are impressive and Producer Ramesh Pillai's uncompromising attitude is evident in quality visuals. Tasteful Producer Sivalenka Krishnaprasad who recently delivered a highly acclaimed film like 'Sammohanam' once again backed a quality film like 'Bluff master'.
Bottom-line: Engaging Tale Of A Scamster Rating: 3/5