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Gautamiputra Satakarni Story:
Satakarni (Balakrishna) the emperor of the Satavahana kingdom nurtures a dream – a united Bharata khandam. He fights wars to unite the entire Bharata khandam under one kingdom thus ending all war. The film traces the life and glory of the 2 century emperor.
Gautamiputra Satakarni Movie Review:
Directed by Anjanaputra Krish, starring Basavatarakamputra Balakrishna and Neerajaputri Shriya – Gautamiputra Satakarni as promised is all about Telugu glory. Generously embellished with dialogues that sing praises of the “Telugu jathi”, and that too delivered by Balayya, GPSK gives the audience a lot of reasons to cheer. Balakrishna looked like he put his own love for the culture in the dialogues. “Badugu jaathi kadu Telugu jathi!” thunders Satakarni to the northern ruler who mocks the people of the south and he does it powerfully enough to make you feel the Telugu pride in you that you never knew existed – quite a fix of regional ego, that.
As Satakarni asks “Amma kante ekkuva evaraina unnara” to his courtiers who object to letting Gautami (Hema Malini) take the throne before the king does as “agra tamboolam”, you will find yourself convinced. And his wife Vashishti Devi (Shriya Saran) too is given her due credit when she allows her infant son to fight a war with his father, albeit reluctantly. Shriya as Vashishti Devi looked majestic yet delicate and played the role of a hurt mother impeccably. Hema Malini too was a delight to watch on screen.
Balayya in his 100th film too is actually resorting to his usual antics – killing an army singlehandedly, slapping thighs as he speaks about his clan, punch dialogues and larger than life heroism. However, because he does it in this dramatic set up of a historical as the proven valiant ruler, it all fits. But you can barely ignore the fact that he is getting older. Although the maturity in his face helped during the high-emotion war scenes, his body language wasn’t cooperating.
GPSK is all about the dialogues. Your love for the language will certainly get a boost after watching this film. It was a job well done by Sai Madhav Burra; kudos! As much as the album was a great hear, the songs don’t do much for the film. Especially two songs in the second half, Mriganayana and Saho Sarvabhowma seem unnecessary.
This movie is a historical and it does the job of one – narrating the events. It focuses on telling the story in the grandest manner possible and gives lesser attention to details like CG during the war scenes. Repeat footages and weakly choreographed and costumed war sequences were a slight put off when you were riding high on the chivalry of yore. Cinematography too captures the mood of the film perfectly and not once would you find the visuals (barring the CG) unnatural. Having said that, the purpose of the film is telling the story and it did stay true to that.
Gautamiputra Satakarni is certainly a must-watch for someone who feels strongly about the Telugu culture, language and history. And for others, it's a story you'll appreciate.