‘Saaho’ Movie Review: Prabhas-Shraddha Kapoor’s sleek actioner turns out to be a massive let down
Vamsi Krishna Reddy, Pramod Uppalapati, Bhushan Kumar
Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Chunky Panday, Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vennela Kishore, Murali Sharma, Arun Vijay, Prakash Belavadi, Evelyn Sharma, Supreeth, Lal, Mandira Bedi, Mahesh Manjrekar, Tinnu Anand, Sasha Chettri, Girish Garladinne, Damini Chopra, Kumar Raja Venati, Naveen Varma Ganapathiraju, Aditya Srivastava, Sivakrishna and Jacqueline Fernandez.
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What’s It About
The story revolves around the death of an international crime syndicate’s chief – Roy, played by Jackie Shroff. His plan was to legitimize his business in India. However, his untimely death starts an unstoppable chain of events involving various gangs. Amidst these gang wars and robberies, there is this parallel story for an elusive black box. That black box hold the key to get hold of the two lakh crore fortune of Roy. Who will get it first? Well, that’s what the story is all about.
To be fair, the film has been shot brilliantly by ace cinematographer R. Madhi. From the locales to the sleek action sequences, all are truly one of a kind master pieces.
Prabhas is the only one on whose strong shoulders the full film is resting. It’s his film, and he is there is pretty much every frame of the same. Shraddha Kapoor is also decent in the bits and pieces that she’s seen onscreen.
Surprisingly, Chunky Panday’s bad-boy act is super convincing and you would want to see a bit more of him and a little less of a few other villains.
Jackie Shroff is also stellar in his act, even though he has pretty much less to do onscreen.
The special effects are amazing. But there are some places where you would want to see a little less of it, and more of the actual story line.
Well, pretty much everything else. To make it clear, let’s just say it – ‘Saaho’ is no ‘Baahubali‘ . If you’re expecting that sort of magic and drama, you are totally mistaken.
The film’s story line seems simple when you read it above, but it isn’t that simple in director Sujeeth’s vision. There are so many unnecessary twists and turns in the movie, that at some point or the other, you are bound to be confused as to what is actually happening. And why! The numerous plot twists make a simple story quite needlessly complex.
The songs, most of which were promotional in nature, were unnecessary and not too soothing to the ears. Excepting the ‘Psycho Saiyaan’ song none of the others from the album are worth remembering once you walk out of the theatre.
A lot of Prabhas’ acting has to do a lot of his ‘Baahubali’ hangover, which in this avatar kind-of doesn’t fit properly. You are expecting him to deliver a lot of bhari-bharkam dialogues, but the ones you actually end up listening are super slow and seem tedious.
The main drawback of the film is the numerous villains. A single Chunky Panday or a Jackie Shroff could have done the job better than having 20 negative characters popping out from varied places and making the screenplay even more complex.
Prabhas deserves an extra half-star for his performance. Apart from that, there’s nothing else to talk about in this hotpotch of a film. Rather than spending time on this, prefer going out with friends and enjoying the festivities of Ganapati. Watch this much-missable film on Netflix or Amazon Prime later on. I am going with 2 stars for ‘Saaho’.
Prabhas’ enormous efforts can’t still save this film from tanking. It may earn well at the opening weekend, thanks to his huge fan following, but once the Ganapti holidays get done with, the film will find it difficult to stand strong at the box-office.