Naveen Polishetty’s comic role as Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya reminds us of the iconic character of megastar Chiranjeevi in Chantabbai. Of course, the long overcoat and trousers with suspenders and a hat — the attire rings the bell with the character Sherlock Holmes. Director Swaroop’s detective story tells an intricate and engaging tale laced with humour and an expose of dark side of religious crime. As detective and crime genres go hand in hand, Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya has set the tone for unusual story narratives.
The agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya who calls himself ‘famous’ a funny, humorous yet intelligent young detective, gets fascinated with cracking crime cases in a typical English detective manner. The FBI – (Fathima Bureau of Investigation) – as he calls Fathima his ex, Athreya runs his office leading through a gloomy lane from Nellore’s vegetable market. His deputy Shruthi Sharma assists Agent Athreya in solving cases. As a private detective, Athreya gets bored of solving problems of clients who come to him with petty cases. If he has to become famous and earn a reputation, something big alone will change his fortune. This is when, his friend Sirish, a crime reporter in local daily tells him about an unidentified body that was found near railway tracks at Nellore outskirts. As Athreya was found lurking suspiciously at the crime scene, police picks him up as a suspect. Due to the delay in obtaining bail, Athreya had to spend the next couple of days in police lockup.
This is when he listens to the ordeal of his jail mate who narrates his daughter’s tragic murder to him and gives contact details of three persons who were involved in the murder. Thinking the day has finally arrived, Agent Athreya, immediately, gets into action to solve the case and follows all the suspects in the murder case. In the process, two among the three suspects are found dead mysteriously and Athreya gets into the trap and found himself in police net.
Where is the third person in the case? And how Athreya cracks the entire case, while proving his innocence before police forms the crux in the second half of the story. Naveen Polishetty as detective Athreya steals the show. Unlike the usual story lines with a love tale running parallel to the plot, he keeps audience engaged in every scene. Suhas, who played a FBI agent from Karnataka, is another attractive face in the second half. He assists Athreya in cracking the case. Director Swaroop RSJ whose efforts went into the story for one-and-half year finally paid off. The deftly crafted script is a thorough entertainer this weekend.