Cast: Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha Akkineni, Vijay Deverakonda
Director: Nag Ashwin
Screenplay: Sai Madhav Burra
Dialogues: Madhan Karky
Producers: C.Ashwini Dutt, Swapna Dutt, Priyanka Dutt
Production company: Vyjayanthi Movies, Swapna Cinema
Music director: Mickey J.Meyer
Cinematographer: Dani Sanchez-Lopez
Editor: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Release date: 11-05-2018
Censor certificate: U
Run time: 2hrs, 57mins
Genre: Biography, Drama
Story is about the life history of legendary South Indian actress Savitri whose role is portrayed by Keerthy Suresh.
Nag Ashwin’s talent is visible in the way he’s planned this project. Direction and making style is fabulous, hats-off to the producer for investing in quality stuff. Script travels so smoothly in such a way with full of substance, also it has an inspiring life in it. Sai Madhav Burra’s screenplay is wonderful as the flow touches peak in all means at regular intervals. Madhan Karky’s dialogues is good and very apt to the scenes. Emotional content is so strong throughout the movie, valuable characterizations and efficient situations are added bonus. Authentic feel which the movie provide is beyond limits, each and every department have worked in a skillful manner. Art direction, costumes and make-up are top notch in every frame. Dani Sanchez-Lopez’s camera work is something exceptional, his fresh ideas and smart implementation of technology easily takes us inside the movie. Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao’s editing is flawless, his cuts are extremely neat. There are only two songs, they’re decent. Background music is superior and beautifully elevates the show in most portions. Keerthy Suresh has literally lived the role of actress Savitri, she has given her career best performance. Dulquer stands out as actor Gemini Ganesan and does complete justice to his role. Samantha is superb as a reporter, her acting in the climax scene is full of maturity. Vijay Deverakonda has played his part well. Supporting artist Rajendra Rao has done a great job as Keerthy’s uncle.
Initial 20mins lacks clarity as it raises the question of what are characters up to. Length comes front as the issue here, film is close to 3hrs, though the content is worth showing for that long, patience test might be there at rare places. Make-up slightly brings down the quality when Keerthy is tried to show as a fat woman at the end. Film could have connected much more nicely if it was a bilingual. Of course, the dubbing version misses the nativity. Some side characters which took part in actress Savitri’s life went unnoticed due to less attention given to their roles.
TO CONCLUDE – A top class biography drama with wonderful performances, solid writing and stunning technicalities.
Movie Rating – 3.25/ 5.