Sita: Yet another cliched flick

Director: Teja; Cast: Kajal Aggarwal, Bellamkonda Sreenivas, Sonu Sood, Tanikella Bharani, Abhinav Gomatam, Chevella Ravi (Bithri Sathi), Abhimanyu Singh

By Author  |  Published: 24th May 2019  11:29 pm
The second half of ‘Sita’ is more predictable than the first half, with exaggerated action scenes.

Sita (Kajal) is a ruthless, arrogant businesswoman who wouldn’t stop at anything to get her way. She ends up signing a contract for a live-in relationship with an equally ruthless and evil politician Basavaraju (Sonu Sood) in exchange for a favour. He starts employing evil schemes to get her when she tries to get out of living with him. The solution is with Raghu Ram (Sreenivas) but what is it? How does he fit into the scheme of things? This makes up for the borderline-cliched entertainer that Sita is.

If there’s one thing that can be expected from Teja, it is the fact that all of his films have a high amount of energy and that is seen in this film too. It is fast paced with very little dragging and little unnecessary drama, ensuring it is not boring. The first half doesn’t waste any time in establishing Sita’s ruthlessness, Basavaraju’s evilness and Raghu Ram’s goodness. But this, can also potentially be the film’s downpoint as it sets the tone for a very predictable plot which progresses just as expected.

There is also the male-lead-and-female-lead-stuck-without-transport-and-have-to-hitchhike theme which can be a tad bit boring as it’s been seen for decades now. In fact, there are too many predictable elements in the film but that it is still entertaining, is testimony to Teja’s story-telling prowess.

Tanikella Bharani and Ravi add just the right amount of comedy with their punchlines. The first half is also filled with beautiful shots, making it a visual treat. It also ends with a right interval bang.

The second half is more predictable than the first half, with heavily exaggerated action scenes but then, that is the norm. Nevertheless, it is the performances that keep this film alive and the fact that Teja has managed to give decent screen presence to every actor present in the film, shows how a director can make a film without focusing solely on the lead actors. Every actor, from the lead actors (Kajal, Sreenivas, Sonu Sood) to side actors (Tanikella Bharani, Abhimanyu Singh, Abhinav Gomatam, Ravi), gets to play their part in this film and the newbies also get to explore their acting potential, owing to the way it has been written.

On that note, it is Kajal who is the star performer of this film. She shines in her role, which is slightly similar to late Sridevi’s role in 1994 film Laadla. She spews machiavellian ruthlessness throughout the film and her dialogue delivery fits the role perfectly, though it might seem a little over the top at times. This is in stark contrast to just crying and romancing that she did in most of her previous films and she has proven her ability as an actor with this film. Kudos to Teja for not reducing the female lead to male lead’s arm-candy.

Bellamkonda Sreenivas tackles his role as a socially inept man in a shoddy yet watchable way but it leaves a lot to be desired. Sonu Sood, Abhimanyu Singh, Tanikella Bharani perform just the way one would expect from them while the relative newcomers Abhinav Gomatam and Chevella Ravi absolutely entertain with their comic performances.