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'S/O Satyamurthy' review: An inconsistent drama with over-the-top action and a grand message

Expectations are bound to coil up for the works of Trivikram and his latest film dampens such expectations.

Updated:April 10, 2015, 10:40 AM IST
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'S/O Satyamurthy' review: An inconsistent drama with over-the-top action and a grand message
Expectations are bound to coil up for the works of Trivikram and his latest film dampens such expectations.
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Cast: Allu Arjun, Samantha, Upendra, Rajendra Prasad, Nithya Menen, Adah Sharma, Ali, Sneha, Brahmanandam, Rao Ramesh, Prakash Raj, M. S. Narayana.

Director: Trivikram

Expectations are bound to coil up for the works of Trivikram. Such is his reputation. Certainly, it blows a kiss of curse in the case of 'S/O Satyamurthy'.

Allu Arjun is a fly on the wall. He has traveled to other walls in other nations, has never been let down by his father (Prakash Raj), has not faced failures either. Alas, his extravagance comes to a stop with the death of Prakash Raj. His life takes a U-turn. Allu Arjun, now, has to come forward to keep his family together and also not allow a single black mark that could tarnish the image of his dad in the eyes of the public.

The ladies of 'S/O Satyamurthy', Adah Sharma, Samantha and Nithya Menen sprinkle some flavor in the masala entertainer. While the ladies do have significance in the movie, the outcome is less than the pertinent cause they carry.

Don't we frown upon dowry? Well, this film includes the social evil in the screenplay as part of our culture. Though it is absolutely a heinous custom, Trivikram, does not for once shovel away the idea of making it seem like it's perfectly natural for us to embrace dowry. I'm not blaming him for it because it's the harsh bottom of reality.

Rajendra Prasad and Upendra fight for the best climax performer championship. They tell us through their performances that they can handle the variety offered in their roles easily. Brahmanandam's entry is one for whistles. And M. S. Narayana will surely be missed in Telugu cinema. He had the power to make me laugh with his little presence in 'Athadu' but in 'S/O Satyamurthy' I couldn't help but think of the tragedy that struck him.

A big thumbs-up to Devi Sri Prasad for his music. The song "Chal Chalo Chalo" is the soul of the film. Trivikram takes 2 hours and 42 minutes to unfold what "Chal Chalo Chalo" does in 5 minutes.

Leftovers from 'Attarintiki Daredi' are unmistakable. But the punch of the Pawan Kalyan starrer is missing here. The plain reason for this has to be the incoherent presentation of the director's message - relationships are more important than the taste of money. If only the screenplay had matched the quality of Allu Arjun's style, which is impeccably taken care of, Trivikram would have won the 'S/O Satyamurthy' lottery.

Rating: 2.5/ 5

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