Review : Gautamiputra Satakarni
Post Kanche, director Krish has proved what his vision is and how his perfect execution can do justice to his vision on a bigger scale too. So when his name was mentioned to helm Balakrishna’s prestigious 100th movie, expectations obviously were high. And to top it off he selected a history based story which is Balakrishna’s cup of tea.
The story of the movie is pretty simple. How a warrior king called Satakarni dreamt of uniting whole India under one rule and how he overcomes the obstacles.
Krish and his entire technical team need to be lauded for the hard work that they invested in this movie and how the movie of such grand scale was made within such a small time. Balakrishna is apt for the role. The fierce acting he showcased in few key scenes are the proof for that. Shreya got a very meaty role and she performed pretty well. She looked glamorous where required and is a major plus.
Hema Malini suits perfectly for the Rajamata role and her demeanor suited very well. Rest of the cast did alright. Songs though not chartbusters suit the mood of the film. Lyrics in the key scenes penned by Seetarama Sastry elevate the scenes well. Dialogues by Sai Madhav are perfect. They are not just the punch lines but thought inducing lines.
Some dialogues on Telugu people, south people, and overall Indians will surely bring some claps. War episodes are key for this film. Visuals are top notch. The runtime of 130 minutes is another major plus.
The story is so simple for a full fledged movie. It would have done better with some more twists and more drama. The movie also would have done well with some more goosebumps inducing pep talk before wars. War episodes have some rough edges and some editing glitches but nothing glaringly bad. They came out pretty good despite minor flaws.
Over the top:-
Balakrishna’s makeup, posture, and few costumes looked bad in some scenes.
Telugu cinema off late has been experimenting with its boundaries and Gautami Putra Satakarni is an attempt to go beyond those boundaries. It succeeds to a great extent but falls short of being a classic. First half wholly relies on war episodes. Second half adds some good drama stressing the importance of women in the form of mother and wife. Overall, this movie is an honest attempt of Krish and his whole team combined with their hard work and it needs to be lauded by one and all.