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Saakshyam (2018) Telugu Movie Review, Rating

- 2/5
Saakshyam (2018) Telugu Movie Review, Rating ఈ సినిమా రివ్యూ ను తెలుగులో చదవండి

What Is Good

  • Pooja's glam
  • Cinematography
  • Rich Production values

What Is Bad

  • Music
  • Editing
  • Screenplay
  • Beaten to death plot
Bottom Line: An interesting premise of forces of nature helping hero, let down by a weak screenplay and uninteresting scenes.

Story

After his 2014 hit Loukyam, director Sriwass was never able to find his rhythm, as his next movie, Dictator with Balaiya was a dud, and now he's joined hands with Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas who had last delivered the disastrous flick Jaya Janaki Nayaka, to deliver the fantasy thriller Saakshyam. Here's team AP Herald's exclusive first on net Saakshyam Review.


Vaibhav (Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas) is leading a happy go lucky life, and he falls in love with Sandhya (Pooja Hegde). Things go well until nature shows him who he really is, and how his parents, Sarathkumar and Meena were brutally killed by the evil team of Jagapathi Babu, Ashutosh Rana, and Ravi Kishan. Now Vaibhav is lead to the menacing villains by nature itself, which helps him in different ways, protecting him from deadly situations and helping him achieve his revenge on the merciless killers who eliminated his family. How nature, the only witness to his parents' death helps Vaibhav achieve his revenge is what Saakshyam is all about.

Star Performance

Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas is excellent as far as dances and stunt sequences are concerned but have a long way to go in terms of acting, as he fails in emotional sequences and mouths dialogues with deadpan expressions, especially the romance scenes. Pooja Hegde plays the typical eye candy to perfection and it is her glam that's the USP of Saakshyam, as she goes all out flaunting her curves generously. Sarathkumar and Meena play cliched roles, and so does the evil trio of Jagapathi Babu, Ashutosh Rana and  Ravi Kishan who have played similar roles umpteen times before, and they sleepwalk through the stereotypical roles. The rest of the cast including Vennela Kishore is adequate.

Techinical Team

Music by Harshavardhan Rameshwar elevates several sequences while it's loud and jarring for the most part. None of the songs Barring Soundarya Lahari are appealing. Cinematography by Arthur Wilson is an asset to Saakshyam, as he has captured the exotic locales and presented the CG supported action sequences to perfection. Sriwass has this time opted to present the usual revenge plot however with the only difference being the supernatural element of the hero being helped by forces of nature. However, the plot is as old as hills, and the way nature is presented to help the hero reminds us more of devotional flicks like Ammoru more than an action thriller. The first half moves at a leisurely pace with cliched sequences and Taking own sweet time till the pre-interval to get into the plot. 

Analysis

While the flashback episodes are the peaks of stereotype with an episode featuring Sarathkumar and Meena, the unwarranted song placements aiming to satisfy youth audience with Pooja Hegde's uninhibited glam show only adds to more woes for Saakshyam. Though Arthur Wilson's cinematography is top class, Saakshyam's overtly illogical scenes in the name of supernaturalism and over the top fights are a severe turn off for the movie audience, with Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas acting being an added trouble to the movie. Had Sriwass concentrated on his screenplay and a better plot to play with forces of nature, Saakshyam could have clicked. All said, Saakshyam is yet another huge letdown in Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas career.

Cast & Crew

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