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'Saarochcharu' Review: Dull And Lethargic

Rating: 2/5
Banners: Three Angels Studio, Vyjayanthi
Cast: Ravi Teja, Nara Rohith, Kajal, Richa, M S Narayana, Srinivasa Reddy
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematographer: Vijay C Chakravarthi
Editor: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Story, screenplay, dialogues, direction: Parasuram
Producer: Priyanka Dutt
Release date: 21/12/2012

Ravi Teja who has been going through a series of flops has arrived quietly and this time he has associated with Parasuram. Let us see whether this will give him that much needed success.

Story
Karthik (Ravi Teja) lives in a foreign country and it is here he chances upon Sandhya (Kajal Agarwal) who is a high-headed girl proud of her beauty and looks. She believes that boys should fall for her. But Karthik’s attitude and approach towards life impress her and she falls in love with him. A journey from the foreign country to India and a chance coincidence of Sandhya and Karthik traveling together reveals certain details about each other. Sandhya is in for a shock knowing Karthik’s past. What is that past? Will Sandhya be successful in her love? All this forms the rest of the story.

Performances
Ravi Teja comes with a contrasting characterization and he has given a matured act. Of course, it is hard to miss his naughtiness and mischief in expressions. He had a balanced energy this time.

Kajal Agarwal looks in the best of shape. If she can maintain the same stats she would score many points. She had scope for performance in many scenes but did not deliver it to the full. However, her appeal covers up for it.

Richa Gangopadhyay did not do justice to her role and her expressions didn't suit the situations. She gave same expressions for every mood. She lost all her sex appeal that she has shown in earlier films. She is a big thumbs down for entire film and her make up and costume department contributed a lot for that.

Not sure what Nara Rohith saw in this role but still whatever scenes he got, he made his presence felt. He should work on getting the lip sync right and open his mouth a little more though.

Jayasudha was regular, M S Narayana brought few smiles, Srinivas Reddy was brief, Chandramohan was there to fill the screen, Chitram Seenu could have been used more. The others didn’t have much to offer.

Highlights

  • Ravi Teja- Kajal chemistry
  • Locations

Drawbacks

  • Choice of hero for the concept
  • Slow pace
  • Weak conviction in crucial scenes
  • Songs
  • Direction

Analysis
The first impression that one gets after hearing it is a Ravi Teja film is, it would be full of mass masala and Ravi Teja would be prancing around with punch dialogues and busy wooing the heroine with his aggressive nature. This is where the director has not scored. He has changed the total characterization of the Mass Maharaja and made him a sober man.

The director’s take on the man-woman relationship and how life should go forward post marriage makes the crux. The fundamental that it is about understanding each other more than loving each other is sensible but it has been presented in a rather lethargic manner without getting into fun part.

But at the end of the day, it is cinema and audience loves to see that juice of intensity and depth at few points. On a surface the film is dull and adding to it the emotional peaks are missing totally.

The film takes off on a mild note and the first half is more like a narrative tale than getting the audience into the subject, the interval bang is cliched and it is the second half which shows some promise but didn't keep up.

The film  lacked the required energy to create that right impact.

Overall, this is a film is targeted for the class and family audience and especially today’s generation whose approach towards marriage and life partner is rather practical.

But. The film misfired even from hitting targeted audience.

It is not a feast for hardcore Ravi Teja fans who expect masala.

Bottomline: Mass Maharaja's Class lessons on life and love

(Venkat can be reached at venkat@greatandhra.com or https://twitter.com/greatandhranews)

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