Cast: Nithya Menen, Satyadev, Rahul Ramakrishna
Director: Vishwak Khanderao
Produced By: Nithya Menen, Pravalika Pinnamaraju
Release Date: 4th December
Skylab trailer and its subsequent promotional content have evoked great curiosity amongst the audience. When a star cast featuring talented actors like Nithya Menen, Satyadev, and Rahul Ramakrishna comest together, it is bound to give something interesting and watch worthy to the audience. Nithya Menen is turning producer with this film and picking such an off-beat subject for her debut is indeed a brave decision. Has this gamble paid off? Let’s find out
Story: Skylab is based on the ordinary lives of the residents of Bandalingampally village. These ordinary lives change when the news of Skylab (a satellite located in space) gets destructed and starts heading towards the earth. The movie is set in 1979 and director Vishwak Khanderao has tried to capture the reactions and imaginations of people during those times to a satellite hurling towards the earth.
Performance: Gauri (Nithya Menen) plays an aspiring journalist who is looking for that one big story that will change her life. Ananda (Satyadev) on the other hand plays a doctor who has lost is license and is now planning to set up a clinic in the village. The duo look terrific on-screen and as talented actors, they breathe life into their roles. Adding to the movie’s cast is Rahul Ramakrishna who provides some comic relief and fun moments in the movie. The extended support cast includes Tanikella Bharani, Tulasi among others who have nothing special to do.
Analysis: Skylab starts on a promising note and the characters are well established and portrayed. The production design is impressive and brings the retro theme to life. While the film is good on technical front- writing and editing are two things that play a spoilsport and do not allow the film to realize its potential. The film has also explored issues like untouchability, lack of medical care in villages etc. but the presentation ends up making the movie a dull fare. The film could have been edited by a long margin and still could have retained the essence.
Verdict: Skylab is another of those projects with immense potential gone waste. The film tries to explore and showcase too many things at once and often sidetracks from the core narrative. Multiple irrelevant sequences and lengthy runtime make the film a tedious watch