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'Souryam' Review: Full Length Mass Entertainer

'Souryam' Review: Full Length Mass Entertainer

Film: Souryam
Rating: 3/5

Cast: Gopichand, Anushka, Poonam Kour, Manoj Jain, Raghu Babu, Krishna Bhagawan, Dharmavarapu, MS Narayana, Sudha, Tanikella Bharani etc
Dialogues: Ratnam
Fights: Vijay, Ram-Laxman
Art: Vivek
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Music: Mani Sharma
Camera: Vetri
Producer: Anand Prasad
Story,Screenplay,Direction: Shiva
Released On: 25th Sep 2008

The much awaited Gopichand-Anuskka starred 'Souryam' has released today. The film raised the interest graph with two reasons. One is Gopichand's success track and the other is posters of Anushka. Is the film in tune with the expectations? Is it the same sterotype action flick like Gopichand's earlier ones? Let us probe into the details.

Story:
An action packed treat, the story is on the backdrop of Kolkata in a college which is joined by Vijay (Gopichand). There he catches up with Shwetha (Anushka) and what starts as a casual relation turns into deep romance for Shwetha but Vijay keeps her at bay. Meanwhile, Vijay somehow wants to get close to Divya (Poonam) and helps her in all ways possible. On the other hand, there is the dreaded goon Sivaram Goud (Manoj K Jayan) who is in the jail in Hyderabad but his son (Ajay) and his goons come all the way searching for Divya. What is the reason? Why does Vijay want to get close to Divya? Why is Sivaram searching for Divya? Is Shwetha successful in her love with Vijay? All this forms the rest of the story.
 
Performances:
Gopichand is at his best and proved to be a wonderful actor again. He mastered in enacting the emotional scenes. He also has shown some glitter in dances with a couple of interesting steps. Anushka's screen presence elevated the movie on a whole with glamour. She reduced a lot and that is optimum. But she over-acted in boozing scene and bathroom scene.
 
Poonam Kaur played a prominent role and she is just ok. Her face is going flabby where she needs to keep a check on that.
 
New villain Manoj Jain did his best but still the range of Murali Sharma, Pradeep Rawat or Prakash Raj is not seen. Ajay's villainy is also up to the mark.
 
Ali's comedy as Gymson brought ample laughs. Krishna Bhagawan and Raghu Babu are at their best and the script supported them a lot.
 
Coming to technical departments, Cinematography is at its best, fight sequences are exhausting and music is average. Shiva's direction has suffered some hiccups and he failed to bring in Kolkata nativity on screen.
 
High Lights:
Ali's 6 pack comedy
Krishna Bhagawan's situational dialogue punches
Raghu Babu's comedy
Gopichand in emotional scenes
Anushka's screen presence
 
Senseless Scenes and Drawbacks:
Direction faults (Kolkata background is not projected in dialogues or police uniform. Everybody in Kolkata speaks in Telugu)
Why Gopichand joins in college? That is another ridiculous scene
Screenplay hiccups (movie appears to be dragging because of this)
 
Analysis:
This is another movie in the lines of Gopichand's earlier films- Yagnam, Ranam etc where action, emotion and violence form the formula.
 
The movie entertains the mass action film lovers as there is enough comedy packed in right manner. Ali's 6-pack comedy, Krishna Bhagawan-Raghubabu's episode, MS Narayana's guest appearance and situational comedy scenes with lead roles have generated ample humor. Keeping Anushka's trade mark eroticism aside and notable direction faults the other side; the film proves to be an entertainer by all means.
 
First half of the movie is average while the second half picked up the momentum and raised interest levels. But the climax appears to have dragged due to lengthy screenplay.
 
On a whole it is a mass entertainer and the success of this flick depends on the patronage of mass audiences.
 
(SiraSri can be reached at sirasri@gmail.com

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