Director: N. Shankar Dayal
Producer: Antony Xavier
Cast: Karthi, Santhanam, Pranitha, Prakashraj
Music: G.V Prakashkumar
Cinematography: P. G. Muthiah
Studio: Dream Warrior Pictures
Distributor: Studio Green
After nearly one and half years of huge gap actor Karthi returns with his commercial aspects loaded film Saguni. Penned and Directed by the debutant director N.Shankar Dayal came with new commercial formulas thinking it will work out. The film Saguni released in big screens with huge expectations of actor Karthi’s fans, which has sold out a massive1000 screens worldwide. One must say it’s the most awaited film for Karthi. But there will be a huge disappointment for the fans who expected this for a long time too.
Saguni is the film begins with the Political terms straight. The death of CM played by Chandramohan, a political conspiracy tricked by Bhupati (Prakash Raj), thereby setting the tone of the film on a serious note. But it takes the next 40 precious minutes for the director to get into the main story as the story blabbers too much by not going on the certain path. In the first half an hour, Kamala Kannan beats around the bush to tell his past towards auto driver Apparao Durai @ Rajini (Santhanam), who assume that the former is rich and driving him through the city is profitable for him.
As the story goes by, Kamal himself reveals his past. The karaikudi boy is in the city to meet concerned politicians in order to halt a railway subway project, which could take away is property in his home town Karaikudi. He is the son of a good shepherd, whose house serves an unlimited food everyday for guests and the people of the region. This causes the hero to come to Chennai and settle the issue, as the ancestor’s property is the living heaven for the entire family and the more prior concern for Kamal.
When no one responds well for the importance of Kamal’s issue, Kamal stays in his aunt(Roja)’s house and there he meets his childhood girl Praneetha (Sridevi). However, their affair does not go well with her aunt and their relationship breaks up. Later on, Knowing the real face of the baddie Prakash Raj causes Kamal to teach him a lesson and safeguard his property. The remaining part forms the usual cat and mouse game which the tamil film movies have seen a lot.
Debutant director Shankar Dayal should have concentrated more in the script. The narration or characterization, the director fails on both the aspects to leave serious impression. Especially, his screenplay looks illogical at parts. However, the movie entertains the audience with some hilarious one- liners. Especially, the dialogues written for Santhanam stand out as the sole highlight. It is also noted that Anushka Shetty and Andrea have done guest appearances in the film. As Andrea just come for some frames where as Anushka’s character was totally mishandled and illogical.
Karthi has done a fine work and shines with some flavors of acting. Pranitha, not much to say because she comes for some 30 mins of scenes in the entire film including songs. The real hero of the film and the fresh enthusiasm which makes the audience alive for the entire film is the comedy hero Santhanam. The one liners from him widely appreciated by the audience this time too and he entertained the whole audience instead of the key roles. Prakash Raj has done a routine job and he has justified his role. Raadhika Sarathkumar, Roja, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Nassar and Kiran Rathod are fine in their limited roles and didn’t make much impact to their roles.
The songs, ‘Kandha kaara vaadai…’, ‘Manasellam mazhaiye, and ‘Vella bambaram…’ songs composed by GV Prakash Kumar are good but the song Manasellam mazhaiye which lacked in Karthi’s expression and placement was so even worse.PG Muthiah’s cinematography is decent and rest other departments are okay. Karthi should concentrate in his dancing a bit more. Overall, Saguni didn’t make strong impression with logical scenes and characters.
Verdict: Commercially roars but fails in logical screenplay.