Savyasachi - Movie Review

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 13:15
Savyasachi (2018)
Cast & Crew: 

Film: Savyasachi
Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Nidhhi Agarwal, R Madhavan, Bhumika Chawla, Rao Ramesh, Vennela Kishore, Satya, Thagubothu Ramesh and others
Music: M M Keeravani
Cinematography: Yuvaraj
Art: Ramakrishna
Editor: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Fights: Ram-Lakshman
Producers: Naveen, Y Ravi Shankar, Mohan Cherukuri
Written and Direction: Chandoo Mondeti
Release date: November 2, 2018
CBFC Rating: UA
Running time: 150 minutes

What’s it about!

Vikram Aditya (Naga Chaitanya), an ad filmmaker, is in love with his college mate Chitra (Nidhi Agarwal). They meet again after six years of separation and reconnect again. When everything is going well, his life turns upside down: his sister is survives a blast, his brother-in-law is killed, and his niece gets kidnapped. He comes to know that a guy (Madhavan) has done all this and he’s the one kidnapped his niece. Will Vikram Aditya who has special power to his left hand save his niece?

Analysis

In Mahabharata, Arjuna is known as 'savyasachi', as he could shoot an arrow with either hand accurately and hit the bull’s eye. He’s a gifted ambidextrous archer. In Chandoo Mondeti's 'Savyasachi’, the protagonist Vikram Aditya, played by Naga Chaitanya, has special power to his left hand which has arisen from 'Twin Vanishing Syndrome'. The reason given is that if one of twin fetus vanishes into another one, the survived fetus will have extra power.

Vikram has Aditya in his body, two persons in one body. Aditya’s power lies in Vikram’s hand. So, does Vikram use this super power to kill the demons or would he use it for slapping bottom of a beautiful girl? Well, he does both. Whenever a beautiful girl passes Vikram, the mischievous Aditya automatically touches the girl’s bottom much to the embarrassment to Vikram. However, whenever Vikram lands in some trouble, the left-hand always comes to his rescue and saves him. In other words, the hand follows him like a Bethala does follow Vikrarmarka.

All this sounds so interesting right? Well, it does but on paper. Director Chandoo Mondeti’s basic idea is quite interesting but he has failed to translate this onto the screen. Trying to tell this in commercial entertaining way, he has lost the plot totally.

After establishing the movie well in the beginning by explaining ‘Twin Vanishing Syndrome’ and Naga Chaitanya’s special powers, the movie jumps to his romantic travails with a dumb girl. She falls for him for no reason, and he separates from her for six years for even more silly reason. In between this gap, we get to see one-hour footage of inane romantic scenes and songs.

The romantic thread is enough to tell the audiences that the director has no meat on his hands to serve. After a boring first half, the director comes to the main point but he again has weaved the rest of the drama with laughable sequences and routine masala moments. When Bhumika talks in emotional manner in the end, we actually laugh at the scene.

There is also one episode called “Subhadra Parinayam” followed by ‘Lagayathu’ remix song in the second half that completely put us off. Chandoo Mondeti’s writing is totally bad here. The second half turns into cat and mouse game between Madhavan and Chaitanya that we have seen in many recent films.

Introducing Madhavan as failed filmmaker and he’s getting vexed up for getting zero rating for one of his film sounds quite silly. There is no emotional connectivity with the main thread. Despite having fairly novel point of ‘Twin Vanishing Syndrome’, the film ultimately ends up as regular revenge drama with formulaic scenes, songs and fights.

Naga Chaitanya has got bad role and he does just okay job. It is Madhavan who holds our interest with his impeccable performance and histrionics. Though the character he has played is silly but he makes it interesting. Nidhi Agarwal hardly impresses. Vennela Kishore has generated some laughs. Shakalaka Shankar's comedy is in poor taste. Bhumika is wasted.

On the technical front, the film scores on production values. It is lavishly shot. The locations and the production design is top class. Cinematography is decent. Like the writing, the editing is patchy. Music by Keeravani is plain simple.

As writer and director Chandoo Mondeti disappoints big way. His writing and narrative skills are bad here.

Bottom-line: Although ‘Savyasachi’ boasts of a different point (Twin Vanishing Syndrome’), the movie turns out to be mediocre revenge drama with silly and boring sequences. Madhavan and some scenes in the second half are fairly better. A huge letdown!

Reviewed by: 
J Gudelli
Rating: 
2.5/5