SAKUNI Movie Review
Cast: Karthi, Praneeta, Prakash Raj, Santhanam, Kota, Radhika, Roja and others
Directed by : Shankar Dayal
Produced by : Bellamkonda Suresh
Banner : Sri Sai Ganesh Productions
Music : GV Prakash Kumar
Release Date : 2012-06-22
Tamil actor Karthi's latest film Saguni has been dubbed in Telugu as Sakuni and was released simultaneously with the Tamil version today. Karthi's choice of films has earned him following in Andhra Pradesh. Let's see if he got it right this time too...
What is it about?
Kamal (Karthi) is a common man who loses his only house in a new contract signed by the Government. He comes to ask for justice and realizes that the Chief Minister (Prakash Raj) himself is involved in that fraud. Kamal has no choice but to lock horns with the CM. He makes the best use of opportunities he gets and earns the respect of opposition leader. How Kamal succeeds in bringing down the CM is what follows next.
Karthi is believable as a simpleton and his wily antics as politicians are a treat to watch. However his character has been poorly etched and hence he didn't get much scope to shoulder the movie. All in all it is a decent show from the talented actor. Santhanam plays the sidekick to Karthi and he keeps on mouthing as many one liners as he can. Surely few of those worked.
Praneetha doesn't have much role in the film. She is completely gone missing in the second half except for a song and a scene in climax which has been included for the sake of heroine. Prakash Raj is usual. There is nothing much to say about Kiran Rathod. Nazar and Kota are fine. Radhika is good. Roja is okay. Anushka played a guest role which is the best part in the first half. Andrea did a blink and miss role.
On the Technical Front:
Tamil films are technically brilliant most of the times. Sakuni too has good technical values. Cinematography is top notch and editing is neat and crisp. However, GV Prakash Kumar's music is a letdown. None of the songs are worth listening again. Background score is flat.
Director Shankar Dayal dealt a political film in a commercial way. He tried to incorporate comedy and so called entertainment. But so much time has been wasted on it and the actual story has been pushed to the second hour. His approach to this story is questionable. This film needs rather serious approach than this simplistic dealing.
Sakuni is mildly entertaining in parts. The take off scenes of Karthi and Santhanam conversations are good. Anushka's guest appearance is good. The mobile court scene is funny. Interval scene involving Radhika is another positive point. Second half should have been serious as the story demands a gripping screenplay.
However, the director tried to make it in lighter vein and that won't impress the logical thinking audiences. This film cannot be dealt in this way. The plot is serious and the antagonist is powerful. So the protagonist needs to think intelligent do something extraordinary. Sadly, that didn't happen and Sakuni falls flat.
The casual approach has been prolonged to an extent that audiences won't be able to guess that the film has entered the climax phase. There is no 'fight' or 'conflict' at all. It turns cakewalk for the hero throughout the film in spite of having a villain in 'power'. The promising premise has been wasted due to poor screenplay and too casual approach.
Barring few positives on the entertainment side, Sakuni doesn't impress on a whole. It may seem 'watchable' if you leave your logical brains out. This film has shades of Veede and Rangam, but it is not even near to Veede, forget about Rangam.
Verdict: Weak screenplay mars 'Sakuni'