One of the most anticipated movies of the year Saaho has released today. Prabhas is back on screen after Baahubali and there is immense excitement for the lavish action entertainer. Shraddha Kapoor is making her Telugu debut with this film. Saaho is an action entertainer with a budget of Rs 350 crores. Here is our review of the film.
What is it about
The head of a crime syndicate in Waaji City, Roy has a dream of legitimizing his business. He arrives in Mumbai after a long time to do so but is assassinated. The city sees a spate of robberies and they are linked to the crores that Roy was supposed to bring to India. Ashok Chakravarthy (Prabhas) is assigned to solve the case but is he really a cop. After a rather convoluted narration and some jaw-dropping action sequences, the truth is unraveled.
What is hot…
Prabhas powers the film in every frame. His charm grows on you scene by scene. He makes even the bland lines sound good. And he looks hot as hell in some scenes. Performance-wise, Chunky Pandey does well as the menacing Devraj. Mandira Bedi makes an impact in her little screen time. Shraddha Kapoor looks like a dream but her chemistry with Prabhas is uneven. She is good in the action scenes though. Murli Sharma, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vennela Kishore do a good job. One of the highlights is the bike chase scene. It leaves you breathless. Hollywood stunt director Kenny Bates deserves huge applause. The fight in the crowded chawl is also well executed. Ghibran is another hero of the film. His BGM is outstanding. Cinematography is also excellent especially the parts shot in Austria. Madhie does well. The songs are decent and Enni Soni is a visual delight. There are a couple of twists, which come at the right moment. And some of the dialogues do make you chuckle and laugh.
What is not…
Saaho suffers from a convoluted screenplay and narration, which makes the first half a bit slow. The story is somewhat weak. Saaho suffers from excesses. We wonder why the editor Sreekar Prasad did not trim it by 20 mins or so. There is a lot of build up to present Prabhas in every scene and that is unnecessary. And the sad part is, some of those scenes have mediocre VFX. It looks like Sujeeth got a little carried away at places.
Saaho deserves a watch for its scale, action and leading man Prabhas. The Baahubali actor proves he is unbeatable when it comes to onscreen swag. It is disappointing that he is let down by some lazy writing and editing.
Rating:2.5 out of 5
Reviewed by Urmimala Banerjee