Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo

3/5
| | 2016-11-11
CAST

Naga Chaitanya, Manjima Mohan, Baba Sehgal, Daniel Balaji and Others

Director - Gautam Menon
Producer - M. Ravinder Reddy
Banner - Dwaraka Creations
Music - AR Rahman

Gautam Menon is known for creating beautiful romantic moments on screen. He is also good at filming action and Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo is a film where he uses both these skills to good effect. Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo starts off as a cool breezy romantic entertainer and turns into a nail biting thriller.

What is it about?

Rajinikanth (Chaitanya) falls in love with his sister's friend Leela (Manjima), who stays in their house as a paying guest. Rajanikanth goes on a road trip to Kanyakumari along with Leela on his bike. In return they meet with an accident and life goes topsy-turvy after that. Now Rajinikanth and Leela have to run for their lives.

Performances:

Naga Chaitanya is evolving with each film. He is at complete ease playing the protagonist in this. He is extremely likeable as the boy next door and the transformation to an action hero is commendable. Manjima is cute and also can act. She could go places with right opportunities. Baba Sehgal is alright as the crooked cop. Supporting cast have done decent job. The guy who played Mahesh deserves special mention.

Technicalities:

Gautham Menon can make a simple story impactful with his screenplay and direction. Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo also has a very thin story but Gautham keeps you engaged with his narrative skills. He has shown tremendous grip over the narrative until the penultimate scenes, where everything goes for a toss.

AR Rahman's music is superb. All the songs are impressive. Background score is right on the money. Cinematography stands the highlight of all the technical aspects. The way camera lingers on the faces of the lead actors and the bike is sheer romance. Beautiful, just beautiful! Editing is top notch.

Thumbs Up:

Screenplay

Lead actors

Music

Cinematography

Thumbs Down:

Classy narration

Weak climax

Analysis:

Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo is an intelligent mix of various genres. It starts off as a romance/musical and turns into an action thriller. The mystery element keeps you hooked till the end. Gautham Menon decided to keep the second half taut without any songs and narrated the love story with so many songs.

The film has Gautham Menon's stamp all over it. The dialogue, voiceover, romance track and the action all bear his signature. Story moves at a very slow pace and seems clueless until the twist is thrown in. First half moves at a very slow pace and turns intriguing from the pre interval point.

Second half has some very good action episodes and thrills. However there are far too many illogical scenes involving cops and murders. The ending looks unconvincing and totally out of sync with the rest of the film. Gautham lost grip on proceedings after starting the second half on a terrific note.

Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo would have been a memorable one if the screenplay hasn't lost steam towards the end. It is worth watching despite the flaws as there are some fine moments that will strike a chord. Slow pace and classy narration may not appeal to the masses, but the urban audience may give it a shot. It is definitely not up there amongst Gautham's best works, but it has something for the director's fans to cheer about.

Verdict: A bumpy but engaging ride.