Banner: GK Corporations
Production: Vikram Reddy
Story, Screenplay and Direction: A.Rajashekar
Dialogues: S. Gunasekaran
Starring: Vishal, Nayanthara, Upendra, Kotta Srinivasa Rao, Ravi Kale, Prabhu Nepal and many others
Music: Harris Jayaraj
A usual cop story back in the town again. Well, most of the leading actors in Kollywood have reached their heights of glory performing the role of police officers. Followed by Vijay, Ajith, Vikram and Surya here comes Vishal donning the same role making no difference with the story. Debutant Rajashekar was reported to have captured his real life experience as a journalist, but the impact isn’t powerful as expected. A honest police officer fighting for justice fighting against the bad politicians and revealing their true colors. This has been everlasting story centered on cops and Satyam is no exception from this.
What makes the film so special? Take a look on the synopsis before we go for the analysis…
Satyam (Vishal), a sincere police officer is not dead against encounters on baddies in the town nor does he allow his colleagues to bump off gundas. He believes that encounters are not a means of putting an end to bad things, but a favorite sport for politician who wants to kill their henchmen when situations are unfavorable. Kondal Dasan (Kota Srinivasa Rao), Law Minister eyes to grab the position of chief minister and orders his left hand Dilli (Ravi Kalle) to bump off the other cabinet ministers. But, a stranger (Upendra) is already there bumping off the targets that leaves Kondal Dasan and his entire gang puzzled, even Satyam who is on the pursuit of mysterious killer. Sooner, Satyam finds out that the assassin is none other than ex-police man Manickam (Upendra) who happens to be the main inspiration for Satyam becoming a police officer. What was the intention behind the murders? Does Satyam prove of Manickam’s murder act? Does he taken into clutches of law or disapprove of the case lodged against him? Who is his next target? Does he accomplish with his task or Satyam? You will have whole lot of questions answered in the second half.
Film moves on bit of dragging with commercial elements of title song about hero worship, romance, fun, frolic and heroine falling in love with a sincere cop. But, the pace is on as Upendra appears on the screen. Be it his body language or action, he sways on with the best performance and at certain points he dominates Vishal. For no sound reason, his role gets diminished as he remains silent till the climax scene and Director should have utilized him more convincingly in the climax part. Oops! What about Vishal? Yes, his looks and acts are stunning, but the silly aspects like volleyball rolling under his palms and taming down the baddies with the same ball is quite annoying. Even the frontbenchers wouldn’t be convinced with this. Fine! He is top-notched with his stunts, especially in the climax sequence he stuns with his breathtaking fight.
Nayanthara as a journalist does no good for the film. It’s again a girl falling in love with a man, shaking legs with him for couple of songs. Director should have presented her characterization in a little powerful manner, since Nayan is capable of doing it.
Kota Srinivasa Rao is back with the same performance as he did in Saami. Prabhu Nepal does a decent job and so does Ravi Kalle. Premji Amaran is there to add humor and he does justice to his role. Though appearing in few scenes, Sudha Chandran as Vishal’s mother steals the show on the emotional aspects.
Getting on with technical aspects, it’s a great disappointment from the gang of leading technicians. R.D.Rajashekar who captured the scenic shots in films like Kaakha Kaakha and Ghajini fails to do the same over here. Antony on his editing does no wonder for the film and Harris Jayaraj well known for churning out the best background scores dashes our hopes. Thotta Tharani’s set decoration for ‘Ada Gada Gada‘ and ‘Chellamae Chellamae’ goes mind-boggling.
Might be, Director didn’t turn up to their side leaving the entire process into their hands. Let’s glimpse through some of the blatant flaws committed by the director. On the trial, Upendra proves of his absence in airport during the time of murder. But how that is an international airport with lots of candid camera would have missed capturing his entry or moment before he gets into airbus for boarding… In the climax sequence, when Vishal is shot, the culprit is beaten up by the crowd, but it is so surprising to see that none of the police officers, public, even his ladylove doesn’t get to his rescue. Certain things of this sort seem to be absurd and Director should have worked on these aspects precisely.
On the whole, Satyam is a flick to watch to kill your time. Go with no expectations, you will enjoy it. Of course, it’s a grand fiesta for Vishal fans.