Writing and Direction: Srivas
Behind the Screens:
Bellamkonda Srinivas’ first film, Alludu Seenu is a cost failure. His second film, Speedunnodu and the third film, Jaya Janaki Nayaka have turned out to be big disasters at the box office. He is hoping that this fourth film, Saakshyam will emerge as a hit and steady the ship for the young actor. Let us see how the audience reacts to the film releasing today.
Vishwa (Bellamkonda Srinivas) loses his family due to a planned massacre and later he is adopted by a NRI family. After he grows up, Vishwa falls for a traditional looking girl, Soundarya (Pooja Hegde) and approaches her for a desi video game making. But nature brings a twist in their story bringing all those involved in Vishwa’s Childhood Massacre to one place for the ultimate revenge.
Bellamkonda Srinivas comes up with a Decent Performance and tries to pull the role with ease. This is definitely a better performance in his career so far. Pooja Hegde looked good in traditional role and also gets a meaty role but the overall performance has been ordinary. Jagapathi Babu is excellent as always this time with poetic and menacing dialogues. Ashutosh Rana, Ravi Kishan, Kabir and other villain gang are okay. Sarath Kumar and Meena are fine in little cameos. Rao Ramesh, Vennela Kishore, Posani Krishna Murali and others are fine in supporting roles.
Director Srivas has chosen a good concept with a tinge of fantasy but failed to execute it properly. Harshavardhan Rameshwar came up with decent music. Shivam Shivam is excellent. The film is high on the action quotient and it stands out. The Camera Work by Arthur A Wilson has been okay while the editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is adequate. Nearly Three Hours Run Time makes it a painful watch. Production Values are Super Grand.
Saakshyam is a regular commercial drama laced with ample amount of Fantasy elements to make it different. Action is the major highlight of the film even though it gets tedious at times. The concept has been good but the director failed to give it a proper narration which makes the very good action sequences giving a pale effect. The Poor timing of the songs is even big disappointment. It may appear to be average for the action loving masses for others, it is a patience testing everlasting affair.
Saakshyam: Tedious Watch
Cast: Bellamkonda Srinivas, Pooja Hegde, Rao Ramesh, Sarath Kumar, Meena, and Others
Producer: Abhishek Nama
DOP: Arthur A Wilson
Music: Harshavardhan Rameshwar
Editor: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Banner: Abhishek Pictures
Release Date: 27th July 2018