Saguni's plans work in parts (Visitor Review)
by S. Rajasekar
Saguni is the biggest release for a Tamil film after Endhiran. Karthi is the only actor in the young generation of actors who doesn't have a failure record so far. When big heroes like Rajini and Vijay are reluctant to do political subjects, Karthi chooses Saguni as his 6th film. First of all, there are some unwritten formula in commercial Tamil cinema and Saguni is not an exception when it comes to following them. It treads the same beaten track,with a beautiful heroine who is used only for duets and 'puppet' characters who will nod to hero's words. Saguni has all these ingredients in expected measures.
The film opens with Kamala Kannan(Karthi) narrating his story to Rajini Appadurai(santhanam) a Auto Driver. Karthi is an innocent villager, who comes to chennai in order to save his family's House which is about to be destroyed by the government due to a Railway Project. But Karthi's attempt to meet the chief minister(Prakshraj) fails and when he meets, he comes face-to-face with the real side of Prakashraj. Karthi takes revenge against the politicians with his "cunning" plans (Sagunism) and the rest of the story tells how he saves his traditional house!
Story, Screenplay & Dialogue
The Plot is the combination of Dharani's Dhool where the protagonist comes to the city to solve his village problem and the well known Shankar's political drama where the protagonist cleans up the politics & social system. Dialogues play a pivotal role in engaging the viewers and Shankar Dhayal deserves appreciation for it. What works for Saguni is the Karthi's innocent act in first half and brainy act in second half. On the flip side, the movie has too many logical loop holes. One such example is Central Government's Railway Project cancelled by the Chief Minister(Kota Sreenivasa Rao). Shankar Dhayal sketched the characters well, but failed to maintain the logic & pace.
Another major relief is Santhanam's witty oneliners. Now a days, it is becoming rare to see a commercial cinema without Santhanam. Radhika, Prakash Raj, Kota Sreenivasa Rao all did their parts well. As mentioned earlier, Praneetha is used only as a glam-doll .
On the technical side, Sreekar Prasad's fine cuts make the film crisp in the first half. But, the second half lags and becomes predictable. GV Prakash's music & PG Muthiah's cinematography are functional and strictly does what is required for a commercial cinema.
Verdict : Saguni's plans works in parts
Rating : Above Average (2.75 / 5)