It's been a while since Sooraj Pancholi flaunted his toned and tattooed muscles in his debut film Hero (2015). It's been a long wait for both Sooraj and his fans but it ends as the actor is all set to arrive at your nearest theatres again with Satellite Shankar, which is set to hit the screens on November 8. It will clash with Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, and Bhumi Pednekar's Bala, releasing a day before (November 7) and we are here to tell you if it's worth the watch. Catch the full review here.
What's it about: The story revolves around the journey of a soldier Shankar played by Sooraj Pancholi who speaks multiple languages. Apart from him, Megha Akash as Pramila also plays the lead role. The Irfan Kamal directorial is an offbeat film that tries to weave different cultures/stories and bring an entire nation together for his protagonist who carries a 'satellite' around. A device that somehow is the solution to all problems. And believe me, there a lot of those.
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What's hot: Sooraj Pancholi is earnest and tries to work his charm with a tongue that can speak many languages and a satellite that helps him speak many dialects. His stint to help all and everyone who cross his path is endearing (until it’s not). The second part holds better than the first where we can not only see Sooraj kick ass and rough-up goons but also more of Megha and their refreshing chemistry.
What’s not: To cut it short, the film gave me anxiety. Shankar, who was homebound, goes through a journey that is not only exhausting for him but for the viewers as well. It cuts and jumps to portions that feel like a different film altogether. That's not the worst part; it circles back to the same insufferable plot. Sooraj's dialogue delivery is another distraction which stunts his performance. Basically, there are too many twists and turns in an already weak premise. Like that was not enough, there are ill-placed songs and dream sequences too.
Again, to cut it short, I was confused in the first 10 minutes of the film and while it gets better in phases, the story brews too long to reach the point, leaving room for more confusion.
BL Verdict: Watch it if you have missed Sooraj Pancholi and can spare a few hours being reminded about Bajrangi Bhaijaan this weekend. I'm going with 1 and half stars.
1.5 out of 5
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