Police stories have been fascinating Telugu audience since a long time. For Dr. Rajasekhar, 'Ankusham' was a milestone in his career which paved for many more films with a similar theme in the industry. In the line of films like 'Evadaithe Nakenti', 'Gorintaku', 'Sathyameva Jayathe' is the latest addition in Rajasekhar's police films list.
Directed by Jeevitha Rajasekhar and produced on Sivani Sivathmika Movies banner, 'Sathyameva Jayathe' is all about the power and selfless thinking of a sincere police officer who wipes out the lawlessness in civil establishment. Here goes a concise review on the pros and cons of the film.
An orphan boy from a compassionate orphanage grows with good deeds into a respectable and sincere police officer Satya DCP (Rajasekhar). Known for his merciless encounters in the department, he stands as proof for wiping out criminals and establishing peace in the society. Happily married to his love Sanjana, Satya continues his duty until he concurs against the assassination aimed at Chief Minister (M. Satyanarayana Rao) by a group of militants led by Ran Dev (Milind Soman).
He rescues the Chief Minister and sends Ran behind bars. In turn, Ran's men murder Satya's pregnant wife and his relatives. The enraged terrorists also execute a blast in the premises as a vengeance act to hide their bad ordeals. Terming Dr. Irfan Ansari (Athul Kulkarni) as the man behind the attack, he gets shifted to Vizag Jail. CM calls for Satya and entrusts him with the job to bring in Irfan from Vizag and produce him in the court.
Accompanied by Prathap (Shivaji), Pandu (Sai Kiran), Basara Papa (Neethu Chandra), Satthi (Sivareddy), Satya begins his mission to nab the real culprits. While bringing in the framed criminal Dr. Irfan, police commissioner (Ahuti Prasad) in association with Home Minister (Shayaji Shinder), the think tank people behind the terrorist Ran make plans to execute Satya and Irfran at one go.
How Satya breaks the plans and remove the masked illegal people behind the plot forms the crux.
Performance of Cast
Rajasekhar's performance eventhough clichéd it good as it was in his earlier super hits 'Ankusham', 'Agraham' and 'Magadu'. As his role in family dramas and romantic plots didn't work out, he has reverted back to what he does best. He fits perfectly into the role of an honest police officer fighting for justice. However, if some changes were made in the story and characterization it would have been a better watch.
Neethu Chandra who performed neatly in 'Godavari' as a native Telugu girl, is limited here as a glamour girl just as a glam prop. Even the dialogues designed for her character are not up to the mark with an average scope.
This is the second film for Sanjana after 'Bujjigadu'. She appears for a very short time on screen and doesn't have enough space to perform.
Sheril Pinto who had come from Tamil to Telugu industry is in a similar position although she goes a step ahead of Neethu Chandra in her riveting costumes. Both Neethu and Sheril are in tough contention to put up a skin show but not for acting at any cost.
The real life congress leader M.Satyanarayana Rao performed naturally well as the Chief Minister. SivaReddy's dubbing did not synchronize at certain instances. Milind Soman as RanDev, Athul kulkarni as Ansari, Sayaji Shinde as Home Minister AnandaRao, Brahmanandam as Thyagaraju and Ali's performance are plus points for the film.
Shivaji, Saikiran, SivaReddy, Ahuthi Prasad have done their portions well with in the scope of their roles.
Work of the Crew
The re-recording and music composed by Chinna is neither outstanding nor bad. Songs are placed at wrong instances with some average tunes. Mani Vasagan's cinematography lacks quality and presentation. Rajasekhar has done a good screenplay which carries the script forward. Nandamuri Hari's editing is neat and doesn't lag much. Writer Mohan has rendered most of the dialogues which conveys double meanings and makes us feel uneasy. Horseman Babu's work is one of the important additions, who have lent his part by blasting some of the cars and choreographing some good fight scenes.
Jeevitha Rajasekhar cannot bargain complete credit for making 'Satyameva Jayathe' as it is bits and pieces of her but the story was borrowed from the Bollywood 'Khakee' starring Amitabh Bachchan. She did a good work in her directorial venture 'Seshu', a remake of Bala's 'Sethu' with Vikram. This time around she has altered the scenes and script a bit to suit Telugu nativity. Rajasekhar in his screenplay and Jeevitha in direction have targeted the movie towards the mass crowd without divulging to satisfy the family audience. On the whole, her work is fine and directorial part of the film is good if not excellent.
'Satyameva Jayathe' is a comeback for Rajasekhar's clichéd style of efficient and honest policemen. Family drama is not his piece of cake, so as a safe bet he came back to his role of an angry young man. But, still he didn't have a complete makeover. At certain instance, he tried to pull in romantic and sentimental emotions which pass off meagerly. Film goers with an expectation of Rajasekhar's old angry man style will feel rejected; so will be the family crowd too. In an attempt to appease both the mass and class crowd, Jeevitha made 'Satyameva Jayathe' as a mass commercial action entertainer which might turn as an average grosser at the box office.
Verdict: A balancing act to appease everyone which succeeds partially
Released on: 13th February