Savyasachi Review: A huge letdown
Savyasachi turns out to be a mediocre revenge drama with silly and boring sequences.
By: J Gudelli/Telugucinema.com
Critic's Rating: 2.5/5
Friday 2 November 2018
Naga Chaitanya, Nidhhi Agarwal, R Madhavan, Bhumika Chawla, Rao Ramesh, Vennela Kishore, Satya, Thagubothu Ramesh
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 survives an explosion, his brother-in-law is killed, and his niece gets kidnapped. He comes to know about the guy (Madhavan) who has done all this. Will Vikram Aditya who has special powers when it comes to his left hand save his niece?
In Mahabharata, Arjuna is known as 'Savyasachi', as he could shoot an arrow with both hands 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 powers in his left hand which has arisen from 'Vanishing Twin Syndrome'. The reason given is that if one of twins vanishes in the womb, 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? Whenever a beautiful girl passes Vikram, the mischievous Aditya automatically touches the girl’s bottom much to Vikram's embarrassment . 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 ‘Vanishing Twin 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 an even sillier 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 an 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 a failed filmmaker who is angry about 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 ‘Vanishing Twin Syndrome’, the film ultimately ends up as regular revenge drama with formulaic scenes, songs and fights.
Naga Chaitanya accepted a bad role and he does an okay job. It is Madhavan who holds our interest with his impeccable performance and histrionics. Though the character he has played is silly, 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 a writer and director Chandoo Mondeti disappoints in a big way. His writing and narrative skills are bad here.
Although Savyasachi boasts of a new idea (Vanishing Twin Syndrome’), the movie turns out to be a mediocre revenge drama with silly and boring sequences. Madhavan and some scenes in the second half are fairly better. A huge letdown!
Savyasachi review: 2.5/5