Movie: C/o Surya
Banner: Lakshmi Narasimha Entertainments
Cast: Sundeep Kishan, Mehreen Pirzada, Harish Uthaman, Tulasi, Vikranth, Tagubothu Ramesh, Praveen, Satya others
Music: D Imman
Cinematography: Laxman Kumar
Editing: Kasi Vishwanathan
Producer: Chakri Chigurupati
Written and directed by: Suseenthiran
Release date: Nov 10, 2017
After a disastrous ‘Nakshatram’, Sundeep Kishan is not in his best form. But his bilinguals (Tamil-Telugu movies), manage to do well.
The trailer of ‘C/o Surya’ has generated enough curiosity. Since the movie is directed by Suseenthiran who has given hits like ‘Naa Peru Siva’, this has set expectations.
Let’s find out how the film is...
A gangster criminal Samba (Harish) who specializes in supari killings is plans to kill Surya’s (Sundeep Kishan) sister and her boyfriend Mahesh (Vikranth) who is also her brother’s close friend.
Surya does anything for his friends and leads simple life with his mother (Tulasi) and sister Anu. His pleasant life is disturbed by this revelation that a gang is after his sister and friend.
Surya now has to protect them and also need to find out why the gangster is after them and what their motive is.
After playing angry young man in ‘Mahanagaram’ and doing an over-the-top role in Krishna Vamsi’s ‘Nakshatram’, Sundeep Kishan has got a realistic character -- that of a simple boy-next-door. His performance is very realistic in this movie than his previous films. His acting is natural.
Heroine Mehreen does not have much role, other than appearing in couple of scenes and songs.
Villain’s characterization is quite different, Harish Uthaman in that role is quite effective. Vikranth as Sundeep’s friend gets a meaty role.
Tulasi and the girl who played sister’s role have also come up with convincing performances. Satya and others are okay.
Technical values are fine. Cinematographer has created the right mood for this action drama. Pace of the movie is inconsistent, editing should have been crispier.
Although ‘Modalavuthonda’ is melodious catchy number, Imman has given mostly his regular style of tunes that are boring. Production values and action stunts are good.
Unnecessary Romance Track
Director Suseenthiran has developed a particular style in telling stories. Most of his stories deal with a simple guy being made to protect his family or take revenge on those who harmed his family members.
In ‘C/o Surya’ too he walks the familiar path, but this time, he comes up with a new point -- supari killers working in the most professional manner and medical seats scam.
At the very beginning, the director establishes the mood revealing the mode of operation of a contract killer Samba.
The guy kills people on contract but makes sure that they don’t seem like murder. He picks up the target (the one who is to be killed) first, then kills his close relatives or friends so that the attention diverts on to other killings.
After establishing this novelty, the director shifts focus to hero Sundeep’s lifestyle – his interactions with friends, his silly love track with Mehreen and other issues. This thread ends after a duet and a break-up song and the story reaches the interval bang. It also moves in a very slow manner.
The real drama is reserved for the second half and the later portions are engaging and interesting. Sundeep catching Samba’s key member, counter sketches, locking his friend in jail to divert the villain… these episodes are handled in deft manner by the director.
The director keeps suspense till the end before revealing the real motive. But the big revelation doesn’t seem convincing. The final message about medical seat scam is little bit vague.
The film has its merits -- a gripping second half, a moody environment and suspense. On the downside, there is a poor first half and lengthy runtime for a flimsy story.
This film can be watchable in a leisure mood on TV as it has slow narration and takes much time to get to the point. However, it showcases Sundeep Kishan in a better manner. So the film will work for Sundeep as an actor but for general audiences it gives mixed feeling.
Bottom-line: Engaging in parts