Music: GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: PG Muthaiah
Editing: A Sreekar Prasad
Story – screenplay – direction: Shankar Dayal
Producer: Bellamkonda Suresh
Banner: Studio Green & Sri Sai Ganesh Productions
Release date: 22 June 2012
Theater watched: Siva A/c dts, Guntur
Rating : 3 / 5
Karthi New Telugu Film Sakuni(Saguni in Tamil) Movie Review:Karthi has become a familiar name among the Telugu audiences with the success of some of his dubbed movies in Telugu. In order to cash in on his popularity and fan following, the producers started making films in bilinguals. His latest movie Sakuni is one such attempt. The film has many Telugu artistes like Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Radhika, Roja, Pranitha and others. When it comes to the storyStory:Kamal’s (Karthi) ancestral property is being forcibly taken by the government to construct a railway subway. He goes to Hyderabad to ask the help of politicians. He realises that the politicians are forgetting their electoral promises once they get into power. He decides that he should get his property back by applying political pressure to the CM. In the process, he becomes the kingmaker. The rest of the story is all about how he gets back his property.
Artist Performance:In Sakuni, Karthi steals the show with his wonderful performance. He has taken whole responsibility of running the show on his shoulder. Pranitha has no much scope except to shake legs with the hero. Santhanam tickles the funny bones of audiences. Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Roja, Radhika, Anushka, Andrea, Kiran Rathod have also done justice to their respective roles.
Technical and Other Departments:Story of the film is about a common man taking revenge on CM. We have seen many films with similar story lines in the past. What differentiates this movie from the earlier ones is the orientation. While earlier ones tried to cater to all kinds of audiences, the director of this movie has decided to just take on the political aspect at full length. Hence the love interest and other commercial elements were cut down. The entire first half is narrated in a spaced-flashback mode that comes during the conversation between the passenger and an auto driver. The director has also simplified the entire process of elections. There are a couple of things that might go against the film. 1. The entire first half goes in flashback mode which can be trimmed. 2. Hero achieves things so easily in second half. Hence there is no proper conflict between hero and villain. There are only two songs in the entire film. There is a duet in the first half and a situational song in the second half. The audiences who are used to 6 songs a film might find it little uneasy. Cinematography is good. Dialogues are nice. Editing is good.
Movie Analysis:First half of the film has limited appeal because the pace is sluggish and narration is flashback-oriented. Second half of the film is racy. Shakuni is a political story that is told in entertaining way without bothering much about logics and complexicities. Plus points of the film are Karthi and political satires. On the flip side, one-side orientation (no all-round orientation) might make the commercial appeal of the film limited.
Final View:This is the New look of Karthi and also comes a big political points.The commercial success of the film depends on how could Karthi pulls audiences to the theatre.