Powerstar Pawan Kalyan’s comeback film Vakeel Saab, Directed by Venu Sriram has hit the theatres today. Here’s Track Tollywood exclusive review.
Movie: Vakeel Saab
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan, Anjali, Prakash Raj, Ananya Nagalla, Nivetha
Director: Venu Sriram
Produced By: Sri Venkateshwara Creations and Bay view projects
Release Date: 09th April 2021
Story: Satyadev(Pawan Kalyan) is an alcoholic who used to practice law in his past. Pallavi( Nivetha Thomas), Zarina(Anjali), and Divya( Ananya Nagalla) are three friends who get into trouble after going to a resort with 3 boys. The 3 boys misbehave with the girls in the resort and sexually harass them. Pallavi hits one of the boys Vamshi with a glass bottle when he tries to sexually harass her which results in a very serious injury for Vamshi. Vamshi is the son of an MP( Mukesh Rishi) and the MP tries to use his influence to save his son from the case and appoints one of the top lawyers Nanda ( Prakash Raj). Satyadev who hasn’t been practising for 4 years returns to practice to take up the case of Pallavi and her friends. Whether he wins the case or not forms the remaining story.
Pawan Kalyan comes up with a decent performance. His trademark mannerisms will bring goosebumps for his fans. He has come up with far better and convincing performance than his last film, Agnyaathavaasi. He is really good in the court scenes. He has uttered Telangana dialect with ease and impresses with his dialogue delivery and intensity. Prakash Raj also excels in the film with a very fine performance. His confrontation scenes with Pawan Kalyan are the highlight of the film. Ananya, Nivetha, and Anjali are adequate. Shruti Haasan doesn’t really have an important role in the film and was used as a filler for the commercial aspect of the film.
Forced commercial elements
Analysis: The first half of the movie starts off well with the director establishing the point. Pawan Kalyan’s characterization and his entry scene are also very good. However, the flashback sequences are unwarranted and have been forcibly written to glorify the image of Pawan Kalyan. The flashback sequences don’t add any strength to the plot and are very lagging. The song between Pk and Shruti is also very average on screen. The interval bang is very well executed and Pawan Kalyan’s mannerisms and performance light up the mood of the film. The second half of the film is better than the first half and the court scenes are very well executed. However, the action sequences are forced and unnecessary. They dilute the flavour of the film. The character of Sharat Babu also seems a forced one and was used to elevate the character of Satyadev. Pawan Kalyan and Prakash Raj confrontation scenes are excellent and they are the highlight of the film. Director Venu Sriram did a very average job with the execution of the film. He had a very good script which he could have taken to the next level but he diluted it with unnecessary commercial elements. The emotional scenes also don’t make an impact. However, the director has succeeded in handling the court scenes. Music by Thaman is a major plus. All of the songs are good and the BGM is electrifying. Cinema-photography is average. Editing is poor as the film seems slow and could have been crisper. All other departments are adequate. Production values are decent.
Overall, Vakeel Saab is a decent film. Fans will embrace it more as PK has performed well. The regular audience will find it as a decent watch.