CBFC Rating : UA
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 29 Min
Release Date: 03-06-2022
Banner: GMB Entertainments, AplusS Movies, Sony Pictures
Cast: Adivi Sesh, Saiee Manjrekar, Sobitha Dhulipala, Prakash Raj, Rvathi and others
Music: SriCharan Pakala
Cinematography: Patchipulusu Vamsi
Editor: Kodati Pavan Kalyan, Vinay Kumar, Sirigineedi
Production Design: Kolla Avinash
Story, Screenplay: Adivi Sesh
Dialogues: Abburi Ravi
Producers: Mahesh Babu, Sharath Chandra, Anurag Reddy
Direction: Sashi Kiran Tikka
‘Major’ traces the journey of Sandeep Unnikrishnan (Adivi Sesh) from his early life in Kerala to his high school and college days in Bangalore during the early ’90s and the events of his love life before his career took flight in the Indian Army. How a young, city-bred teenager aspired to join the Armed Forces defied the path of more lucrative professions of MBBS or an engineer. How a few incidents which couldn’t stir the social conscience, have impacted him at that early age? Embodying the qualities of an infantry Army man, Unnikrishnan earns a name for himself during skirmishes with the Pakistan forces at the border posts. Whether it was playing cricket with Pakistani boys or the aggression he showed to thwart the enemy defined his character.
Adivi Sesh’s power packed performance as a ‘Black Cat’, common name for NSG Commando besides portraying the young aspirant’s struggle and dedication to serve the country. He lived as Sandeep and portrayed every emotion with utmost dedication.
Prakash Raj and Revathi displayed honest performances as the parents of the protagonist. The love interest Isha played by Saiee Manjrekar is another talent to watch. Saiee’s subtle expressions and innocence while portraying the role first as a girlfriend and then an Army Officer’s wife is commendable.
Lavish Production Values
Slow at initial portions
The story is told with a background narrative from Prakash Raj, who plays the father of Unnikrishnan in the film. Like most of the parents who wish their sons to be with them in close proximity rather than working in far-flung borders of the country, Unnikrishnan parents were too reluctant to make their son join the Indian Army. Their emotions are portrayed convincingly. It is same in case of heroine too. As a school girl Isha grew up with parents who hardly cared for her. In a way, her longing for parental love and affection bring closer to Unnikrishnan.
Director Sai Kiran Tikka has once again proved his mettle with ‘Major’. He executed all kinds of emotions perfectly. While it is known that the braveheart Unnikrishnan and his heroics will be read by people through history books, or biographies, it is the film ‘Major’ that may touch the hearts of millions of people in India. Resurrecting the life story of a martyred officer on the silver screen needs meticulous planning and dedication. Adivi Sesh’s burning desire to depict the valour and bravery of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the martyred NSG commando, who sacrificed his life on the line of duty during Mumbai 26/11 is clearly evident in ‘Major’.
Major is technically rich with arresting visuals and top-notch production design. Background music by Srivharan Pakala elevates the mood of the film. Producers Mahesh Babu, Anurag and Sharth deserve huge applause for bringing this tale of valour and courage of a real hero on such a large canvas.
Bottom Line: ‘Major’ Celebrates Valour and Courage Of A Soldier