Starring: Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Chunky Pandey, Arun Vijay, Mandira Bedi
Written by: Sujeeth
Prabhas is back with another heavy budget film SAAHO, after BAAHUBALI – THE CONCLUSION which released two years ago. The film starts in a foreign city of Waaji which is ruled by the gangsters and the criminals, but the biggest of them all is Roy (Jackie Shroff). He gets the permission of an Indian minister Ramaswamy (Tanikella Bharani) for a hydro project in India. But upon reaching India, he gets killed in a road accident. So because of this, his son Vishwank (Arun Vijay)takes over the business which doesn’t go too well with Devraj (Chunky Panday) who wanted to have the throne for himself. At the same time, the Mumbai crime branch is also investigating the death of Roy. The case is handed to Ashok Chakravarthy (Prabhas). After getting the case, he insists that Amritha Nair (Shraddha Kapoor) also be made part of her team as he gets smitten by her after just seeing a photograph. They also come across a mysterious person (Neil Nitin Mukesh), who they believe could be a suspect while going through the cctv footages. Ashok manages to finally speak to him somehow and he finds out about a black box which can be used to access Roy’s wealth hidden away in Waaji. But slowly we find out that it’s not just him looking for the box but also Vishwank has been looking for it too, which is hidden somewhere in Mumbai. So to obtain and look for it, he sends his associate Kalki (Mandira Bedi), who finds and secures the box but hides it away in a bank. The mysterious person goes to get the box and that’s when the police catch him. But they also find out there is a mole on their team who has secured the box and runaway. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The film opens up on a high note and it sets you up well but it gradually starts to crumble from then on. The biggest let down for this film is the writing and it could have been a lot better. The vfx and everything was quite decent as well and the action sequences, especially in the climax, put you on the edge of your seat. However, another drawback of the film is that the romance angle betweem Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor. It could have been made better or completely removed. This diverts/distracts the story from its main objective.
Technically, the film was good. Cinematography by Madhie is top notch. Some of the scenes have been captured brilliantly. Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad is quite decent but in a few places, it could have been better. The story and the screenplay pull the film down in some places. The production design is good but then doesn’t come across is realistic/authentic. The costume design is fine. The VFX of the film is also good but could have been bettered in a few scenes. The music of the film is good but not of the chartbuster variety except for Psycho Saiyaan and probably Bad Boy.
Performances wise, the film was good as well. Prabhas is simply brilliant. He gives a wonderful performance and seems to be in a fine form. Writing lets his character down a little but he still does great. Shraddha gives a great performance as well. She gives her best and makes her performance seem effortless. She does great in the action sequences as well. Jackie Shroff has a cameo, but his makes an impact. Neil Nitin Mukesh is dependable. Chunky Pandey is great in his villainous role. Arun Vijay fits his role perfectly and he does well. Mandira Bedi is fine. The rest of the cast offer decent support.
Director Sujeeth tries but fails to make this film into the larger than life film that he envisioned and that’s mainly due to the weak writing. His direction in SAAHO is not upto the mark.
At the box-office
the film has taken a mammoth opening but the word of mouth is very off and that would be a key factor in making the film under perform over all.