Banner: Abhishek Pictures
Cast: Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas, Pooja Hegde, Sharath Kumar, Meena, Jagapathi Babu, Ravi Kishan, Ashutosh Rana and Vennela Kishore.
Dialogues: Sai Madhav Burra
Music: Harshavardhan Rameshwar
DOP: Arthur A Wilson
Art: AS Prakash
Editor: Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao
Action: Peter Hein
Produced by: Abhishek Nama
Written and Directed by: Sri Wass
Release date: July 27, 2018
Bellamkonda Srinivas in his latest outing teamed up with Director Sriwaas who is known for films such as ‘Lakshyam’ and ‘Loukyam’. Impressive promos build the required buzz needed for this biggie. Let’s see what this new release can offer…
Viswa (Bellamkonda Srinivas) is adopted by a Rich Couple who doesn’t have children after he loses his Parents in his childhood and makes him the successor of their business empire in US. Viswa lands in India for his Soulmate Soundarya Lahari (Pooja Hegde) and ends up killing members in villain gang one after the other. Watch ‘Saakshyam’ to know why the protagonist is in a mood for vengeance!
Bellamkonda Srinivas does a decent job. He looks much fitter now, excels in action episodes and dances. There isn’t much scope for him in this movie to emerge as a powerhouse performer.
Pooja Hegde impresses only with her glamour dose. Jagapathi Babu is menacing as the antagonist. Rao Ramesh is alright. Ravi Kishan and Ashutosh Rana have nothing much to do. Pavithra Lokesh, Jayaprakash, Sarath Kumar and Meena has done justice to their roles . Lyricist Ananth Sriram appears as Valmiki. Vennela Kishore fails to tickle the funny bone.
Music Director Harshavardhan Rameswar’s output he delivered is just ok. Background Score of ‘Saakshyam’ is impressive, it’s different from other commercial films. Songs were disappointing and even their placement hurts the flow of the movie. Camera Work by Arthur Wilson is marvelous. Dialogues by Sai Madhav Burra hit the right chord. Production Values are grand & the richness can been seen in every scene. Though the concept chosen by Sriwaas is fine, Narration has been a big let down. Inclusion of unnecessary scenes created lag & the Editing was poor to minimize the damage.
‘Saakshyam’ Concept based on the five elements of Nature looks good on paper, but execution is where this film falters. Director Sriwaas narrated the subject in an old format and made it appear like a regular commercial film.
Makers took cinematic liberties without bothering much about the logic. They had gone over the top by attempting to show every frame richly. Lack of gripping screenplay is a major setback. Love Story of the Lead Pair is nothing special. Even the Comedy Track failed miserably. Crisp Editing could have made First Half watchable.
‘Saakshyam’ is back on the right track only in the Second Half. Action Episodes composed by Peter Heins stand out. Masses will be enjoying them thoroughly. Cinematography and Background Score are top notch. Fantasy element in the film excites the movie buffs to some extent.
‘Saakshyam’ have elements which could be liked by the Mass Audience but it isn’t the film for all the sections. Once again, Bellamkonda Srinivas managed to deliver only a decent film with high budget.
Bottom-line: Good Concept – Lacks Punch!