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Friday, 2 November 2018

Savyasachi Telugu Movie Review : Naga Chaitanya, Nidhhi Agerwal, R. Madhavan, Bhumika Chawla

Savyasachi Telugu Movie Review : Naga Chaitanya, Nidhhi Agerwal, R. Madhavan, Bhumika Chawla

Starring : Naga Chaitanya, Nidhhi Agerwal, R. Madhavan, Bhumika Chawla

Director : Chandoo Mondeti

Producers : Naveen Yerneni, C.V. Mohan, Y. Ravi Shankar

Music Director : M. M. Keeravani

Cinematographer : J. Yuvaraj


Editor : Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao



Story:

Vikram Aditya(Chay) is a guy who suffers from alien hand syndrome where his left hand is not in control most of the time. On the other hand, Vikram falls in love with Chitra(Niddhi Agarwal) and when things seem to be going absolutely fine, his life turns upside down as his brother in law gets killed and his niece gets kidnapped. Rest of the story is as to how Vikram saves his niece and where does Madhavan feature in this entire setup.

Review

The last time I saw a Telugu movie with only brawn and no brain was probably last year, maybe. This year has been quite different for Tollywood cinema with Jr NTR's Aravinda Sametha and now Naga Chaitanya's Savyasachi. Both the films have not only cashed in on the action sequences to bring their audience to the theatres while the plot of the films has been edgy, gripping and outright thrilling! And while Naga Chaitanya's Savyasachi makes the cut of being an action-thriller, it's slow start has been quite a downer.

Vikram Aditya (Naga Chaitanya), the protagonist, is born with the Vanishing Twin Syndrome wherein his left side of the body is controlled by his twin. He is an ad film director who is called to be a part of a Himachal trip along with a few other random strangers. As individuals in the bus start chit-chatting over a few things, one name pops up, Arun. Turns out they all have some lose string attached to the name Arun. While one is an estranged ex-girlfriend, another, his professor in college.

They eventually learn that they are all connected to Arun and just then, the bus goes off track and falls over a cliff. Every single person in the bus plummets to death except Vikram. Wondering why? Because he is the hero and the connection he shares with Arun is yet to be discovered. The rest of the story is basically how he manages to find out who Arun is and how he is related to being one of the bad guys in his books. The concept might strike familiar to you as it is exactly taken from the Argentinian short film Wild Tales. The only big difference being, the passengers plummeting to their deaths is the end of the short film whereas it is the genesis in Naga Chaitanya's film.

Now, before the R Madhavan-gush engine takes off, let's first discuss the aspects of Naga Chaitanya as the solo-twin Vikram-Aditya that gave him the 'hero' stance. Naga is amazing as the guy who constantly loses his grip on his left because it is controlled by his twin. Spanks on butts and slaps on the face are a common occurrence in his life. His performance is phenomenal and even though sometimes he plasters a creepy grin across his face, you can get over it. The action sequences also take the cake as the highlight of the film. However, nothing compared to R Madhavan.

R Madhavan as Arun is a mad dog. He is borderline psychotic, vindictive, crazed and blood-thirsty (metaphorically). His character is interesting with schizophrenic tendencies and the way Madhavan has embraced the role is commendable. Sure, the similarities between him and Anurag Kashyap's character in Imaikkaa Nodigal are blatant. But with Madhavan's charisma and charm, you do feel for the anti-hero. As for the film, well, it does stretch tremendously for no good reason. What can be an out and out action thriller is reduced to immense romance that I would much prefer, take the back seat.

The first half is stretched to a major dud because of the long and boring romance between Naga and Nidhi Aggarwal. Since the only requirement to have Nidhi Agarwal onscreen (by that I mean, romance) is to be in a frame with Naga, can't say she did an outstanding job. Bhumika Chawla, as Naga's sister, could've had a better role but I'm happy with her performance, even though there isn't much to talk about it. Overall the film does stand as an entertainer with the good balance of thriller and action. If only the first half wasn't such a dud.

Technical Aspects:

Production values by Mythri Movie makers are top notch as the film looks rich in every frame. Music by Keeravani is below par but his background score makes the second half better. Dialogues are decent and so were the lyrics. The film needs serious editing as close to ten minutes could have been chopped out to make things better.

Coming to the director Chandoo Mondeti, he has done a below par job with the film. He has chosen a routine revenge drama and added an alien hand syndrome to make hero’s role interesting. But he does not make use of it in a proper way. Also, the way he has under utilized an actor like Madhavan is very disappointing. However, he has showcased Chay in a very good manner.

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