Director Trivikram Srinivas proves that he is master craftsmen when it comes to dishing out commercial cinema sans cliche
What to expect from an Allu Arjun film? Some terrific dance moves, foot tapping numbers, mind boggling actions sequences, thoda romance and thoda family sentiments. Allu Arjun's S/o Satyamurthy follows the same template, but instead of looking cliched and redundant, the film comes off as a refreshing entertainer. A lot of credit goes to Trivikram Srinivas for adding twists and quirks to almost every scene, making the age old story look appealing. But that doesn't mean the film doesn't falter. Read on to find out if S/0 Satyamurthy is worth your time or not.
What's it about:
Viraj Anand, played by Allu Arjun, is son of the kind hearted industrialist Satyamurthy (Prakash Raj). While he is enjoying his bachelorhood in Barcelona, his father dies in a tragic accident. His company incurs major loss in share market and he is forced to sell everything. Looking for a new job, he lands in his friend’s company as wedding planner. At a wedding of his ex-fiance(Adah Sharma), Viraj meets Sameera, played by Samantha Ruth Prabhu and sparks fly. But her father, a money minded fellow, refuses to marry her to Viraj, blaming Viraj’s father for cheating him by not delivering him the land that was promised to him. Soon we get to know that the property has been encroached by a dreaded goon named Devaraju. Viraj promises to get the papers from the don and deliver it to Sameera’s father. On reaching the property under dispute, Viraj saves the life of Devaraju from assassins. This gesture impresses Devaraju who agrees to give back the papers if he marries his sister played by Nithya Menon. How does Viraj gets himself out of this pickle, clears his father’s name and marries Sameera forms the crux of the story.
Though the story is not new, the screenplay and treatment of the story is refreshing, as Trivikram puts efforts on spinning a cliched film with lots of twists and quirks. The film never has a dull moment, with barrage of colourful characters to keep you engaged. Devi Sri Prasad's music is praiseworthy, as each and every track makes an impact on viewers. Allu Arjun is clearly the star of the show, as he carries the film on his strong screen presence, hiding the flaws of the film. The actor dances superbly as usual in the film, but also pulls off action scenes, comic sequences and emotional moments with ease. Samantha looks gorgeous and adds comic twists to the proceedings with her craving for sugar. Adah Sharma has a decent enough role to play, which she pulls off perfectly. The second half of the film is where the meat of the story lies, as Brahmanandam and Rajendra Prasad's comic timing, Upendra's good gangster act and swift screenplay manages to keep you engaged. Ali and Vennela Kishore give comic relief from time to time. The action of the film is effective as it highlights the heroism of Allu Arjun and yet manages to keep it subtle. Late MS Narayana leaves his mark in his last film. There is a dining table scene in Devaraju's house which should not be missed. The production value of the film is outstanding.
The film is stretched a bit over two and a half hours, which might test your patience at times. Crisper editing in first half of the film could have done the trick. What are talented actresses like Sneha and Nithya Menon doing in small, meaningless roles is beyond me. And the way films ends clearly indicates that the director wants to wrap it up quick, as the villain dies in an extremely absurd fashion.
What to do:
After Julayi, Allu Arjun-Trivikram Srinivas jodi has struck gold yet again as they have managed to dish out a clean entertainer, which will satisfy both masses and classes. The film has all the elements of blockbuster hit, neatly packaged into a refreshing film. Take your family out for a weekend treat to watch S/o Satyamurthy as a clean family, fun filled film has arrived after a long time.
3.5 out of 5
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