Film: Gautamiputra Satakarni
Actors : Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shriya Saran, Hema Malini and others
Director: Krish Jagarlamudi
Music: Chirantan Bhatt
Producer: First Frame Entertainments
Reviewed By : Sriram
Nandamuri Balakrishna’s most awaited and much hyped 100th movie Gautamiputra Satakarni has finally opened to screening amidst huge fanfare and excitement. The sleek trailer increased the expectations on the film. Does the film meet the expectations? Well, let’s find out.
The story of the film is quite simple. A ruler wants to unite all the Indian kingdoms so that they internally do not fight with each other. How he faces the odds in tough times, how his family stand by him and how he finally ends up winning forms the rest of the story.
Balakrishna gave a great performance and has given his best for the war sequences. Though he seems a bit out of the ordinary, he’s justified his role and performed to his strengths. Shriya Saran gets a good role and she does it convinvingly. Hema Malini is good as well. The characters who portrayed the army heads did well. Rest of the crew did what they could in their limited presence.
Songs and Background Music:
Songs are average in the film and one song might spoil the fun to a bit acting as speed breakers. But Krish did a good job picturizing them and the rest of the songs go with the flow. The background music however is great and Chirantan Bhatt has elevated the scenes to the next level with his spot on background music. It had its flaws though with it getting repetitive in the last few minutes of the first half.
Direction, Screenplay and Dialogues
Krish who usually is known to pick different subjects has dealt yet another and this time with a better screenplay. The movie has a racy screenplay and is gripping for the most part of it. The first half’s last few minutes let you down a bit but he pulls off a good second half making it a good watch. Dialogues are good in the film and few one lines evoked superb response.
Cinematography is extremely good and the film was shown in super detail. The lighting, sets and all the locales selected have been beautifully showcased and the quality is great as well.
Considering the budget of the film, technical values are excellent but the graphics are a big let-down. If you expect the same quality as in the trailer, you might be in for some disappointment. Overall, except for the graphics, the technical values are superb.
First of all, Nandamuri Balakrishna must be commended for selecting Satakarni as his 100th film and for choosing Krish as his director. Krish doesn’t let down the audience either and the film is a good watch. It has its few lags though in the first half during the end and few moments in the second half, but it will overall be one good experience watching the film.
You may watch it.
0 – Stay Away at any cost
1 – Stay Away
2 – Watch at your discretion
3 – You may watch it
4- Do not miss it
5 – You’ll miss a lot if you don’t watch it
The fractions are an indication to whether the movie is closer to the better side or the bad.
P.S: This review is the view of the reviewer only and is not meant to drive/stop people watching the film. Please watch the movie only in theatres.