Seldom has an Indian movie triggered so much of pre-release hype. And does ‘Saaho’ live up to that?
For the fans of Prabhas, yes, it does, and for other producers, directors and action directors, there are new standards and expectations to live up to from today.
Ashok Chakravarthy (Prabhas) makes his way into a team of cops investigating a Rs.2 lakh crore mystery. The team starts following whatever Chakravarthy tells them to, under the belief that he is evolving a strategy to crack the case. Even the tough lady cop Amritha Nair (Shraddha Kapoor) is told to fall in line, which she does, and does even more by falling in love too with Chakravarthy.
If high octane action scenes are in abundance, so are the twists in the plot. Just as it appears that all the pieces are slowly falling in place to head for a tense climax, one major twist comes, just before the intermission. And when you are back in the seat after the break, the twists and turns continue, so do the car chases, bombs and stunts.
Director Sujeeth, carrying the burden of proving that a one-movie-old director can pull off such a heavy budgeted film, does his job well. Though the screenplay could have been made a little more tighter and coherent to match with the action scenes, with some more substance added to the roles of each of the well-known names that keep coming in as different characters, the movie does not disappoint the fan club.
The luxury offered by the budget is evident in every frame and the location. And at the same time, though songs are not exactly ideal ingredients for this kind of high octane action film, the director keeps in mind the audience and intersperses the movie with three songs.
The cast is something that many directors would die for, ranging from Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mahesh Manjrekar, Tinnu Anand, Murali Sharma and Vennela Kishore from Telugu, and most of them doing justice to whatever they are asked to do. The show but is owned by Prabhas, and of course, Sujeeth. The heads of UV Creations, Vamsy and Pramod, too deserve special mention for attempting a movie of this scale.