Movie: Savyasachi Director: Chandoo Mondeti Producer: Naveen Yerneni, CV Mohan, Y Ravi Shankar Banner: Mythri Movie Makers Music Director: M.M. Keeravani Starring: Naga Chaitanya, R. Madhavan, Nidhhi Agarwal Release Date: 2nd November 2018 Rating: 2.5/5
Much like Naga Chaitanya’s ambidextrousness in Savyasachi, there are two aspects in the film that never seem to be in sync with each other.
One of them is the primary idea on which the film is based upon, and it is called ‘Vanishing Twin Syndrome’. In other words, the lead character retains some aspect of his dead twin, which, in this case, turns out to be an almost superhuman strength in his left hand. And the other aspect of Savyasachi is how writer and director, Chandoo Mondeti, tries to use this superhuman element to elevate the storytelling.
As interesting as the core idea might seem, it doesn’t come into play until much later into the story and by then, we are as lost as the lead character is in the endless maze that’s created around him. It’s exhausting, to be honest, and after a point, you find yourselves rooting for the left hand to activate itself to not just save the lead character, but also lift the entire film from being a big bore.
Savyasachi is the story of Vikram (Naga Chaitanya) and how he makes peace with his twin brother, Aditya, who dies even before he’s born. The doctor tells him that Aditya will continue to live and manifest himself through his left hand. Vikram’s mother and sister understand this and they treat both Vikram and Aditya equally; however, Vikram hesitates to accept his condition for a long time. The movie meanders along till the interval, developing a chemistry-less love story between Chitra (Nidhhi Agerwal) and Vikram Aditya (Naga Chaitanya). She falls in love with him because he beats a bunch of college seniors ragging her to pulp. She forgets he was harassing her as well, but apparently - and this is a dialogue in the movie itself - if the hero pursues a girl, she may fall for the hero, but if the villain pursues a girl, she will definitely fall for the hero.
Chitra (Nidhhi Agerwal) accepts Naga Chaitanya’s love after he explains why he had to suddenly disappears from her life. Naga Chaitanya and Nidhi back from the USA but gets a shocker. His brother-in-law dies and his sister (Bhumika) gets severely injured. He realizes that his niece is still alive but kidnapped.
In the process of tracing out the puzzle behind girl’s kidnap, Chay finds out that Arun(Madhavan) is the mysterious man behind this entire scenario. Who is Arun? Why did he target Vikram’s family? What is the backstory behind Bhumika’s daughter’s kidnap? To know this, you have to watch the film on the silver screen.
Naga Chaitanya delivers out his best performance and he has been energetic in the action episodes. He carried the role of Vikram Aditya well and is a treat to watch.
Nidhhi Agarwal is a treat to watch and she has been gorgeous in the assignment. R Madhavan is apt for the role of the lead antagonist and he is the major highlight of the film.
Vennela Kishore managed to bring smiles to the audience.
Rao Ramesh and Bhumika have been decent in their assigned roles. All the other actors did well.
Chandoo Mondeti picked up a routine revenge drama and tried to bring novelty by adding the concept of Vanishing Twin Syndrome. The Second Half is more about a Mind Game which was not handled very well. The dialogues written by him are well written.
The Technical values of the film are very good.
Keeravani came up with an average album while the background score is excellent. Yuvraj’s camera work is too good. The Production Values of Mythri Movie Makers are superb.
The romantic track between Naga Chaitanya and newcomer Nidhhi Agrewal lacks spark and there’s barely anything that makes you want to root for them. The film does, however, pay homage to some of Nagarjuna’s memorable moments including Shiva and a song from Nirnayam, apart from a remix version of Allari Alludu’s Ninnu Road Meedha. If this wasn’t enough, there’s also a punchline - “Chain ayina Chunni ayina, vella family chethilo padithe daani charisma ne maripothundhi. (Be it a chain or a stole, the moment it’s in the hands of the Akkineni family, it has a different charisma of its own).” If that doesn’t distract you from the main theme of the film, then the elaborate Subhadra Parinayam skit will. It’s straight out of the logbooks of a popular TV show Jabardasth, and it’s jarring to say the least.
Another aspect of Savyasachi which leaves a lot to be desired is how it treats its antagonist, played by Madhavan.
He’s introduced to us as a super intelligent guy, who’s capable of hacking any bank account, mobile phone, among many other things. And he can just use his clever tactics to scare anyone he wants to. But the moment the real reason behind his elaborate ploy is revealed, it doesn’t quite have the same effect. For someone who’s supposed to be a psychopath, Madhavan is way too charismatic and straight-forward when it comes to emoting the part. Like Vikram (Naga Chaitanya), even Madhavan’s character doesn’t fully explore what he’s capable of doing.
Naga Chaitanya’s sincerity is evident when he’s playing a doting uncle to his niece and there are moments in Savyasachi which are quite intense. But there’s something quite awkward about the film, in terms of how it explores the relationships, friendship in college, or even love for that matter. The supporting characters in the film, including Bhumika, Vennela Kishore, Tagubothu Ramesh, and Shakalaka Shankar, play their part well, although they don’t quite change the course of the story.
An interesting story
Chay’s dance movements in Ninnu Road Medha song
Love track between the lead pair
Savyasachi film has an interesting story with dull narration. The core conflict point written for Vikram and Arun characters is decent, the filler part which consists of ‘College scenes and love track’ is boring. The mind game in the second half is not much engaging but pre-climax scenes were good. Hero Chay , Madhavan performed well. Two songs in the first half shaped out well.
Overall it is a pretty average film. Successful Production house Mythri Movies Makers may not follow its blockbuster path. Savyasachi is the first average film in their kitty. with pretty average first half and the partially engaging second half, Naga Chaitanya might have to wait longer for his elusive hit.