Story: Rajinikanth (Naga Chaitanya) takes off on a road trip with his sister’s friend, Divya (Manjima Mohan). They meet with an orchestrated accident which lands the two in the hospital where Divya leaves him to tend to her parents who get attacked by goons. Rajinikanth makes way to Kolhapur to check on Divya and ends up in a whirlpool of crime, conspiracy and life-threatening circumstances. After a series of deaths, he decides to rise above fear and take control of the situation.
Movie Review: With those spellbinding visuals, that enchanting Rahman music and Chinmayi’s trademark voice, Saahasam Swaasaga Saagipo recreates the magic which you would expect of a Goutham Menon movie. While the first half is mostly dedicated to romance, the second half is unexpectedly action-packed. And by action, I mean guns, murders, rogue cops – the works. So the moments in the sequences between Naga Chaitanya and Manjima will leave you with something you’d want to share and discuss with your loved one later. Not much else happens in the first half, and it almost borders on boredom.
The second half has a lot happening and the audience are just as confused as the characters in the movie. You’ll want to relate to Divya and Rajinikanth’s turmoil as you watch the pacy scenes but you have no information to do so. You’ll keep waiting for answers and all of them are answered in a 5 minute scene in the climax, as Rajinikanth narrates it. It probably would’ve been better if the story unravelled steadily over the span of 2 and a half hours, rather.
Although the audience have had enough time to stew in the music given by Rahman, the visuals added to them in the movie only makes it a whole new experience all over again. The sunrise at Kanyakumari as Thanu Nenu plays in the background, the guitar riffs as Rajinikanth conquers his fears, the melodies when he confesses his love – you’ll be left with moments to take home, all thanks to right music at the right time.
Naga Chaitanya’s skill as an actor was lauded in Premam, but considering that this movie was made a couple of years ago, his acting set him back a couple of years too. He certainly worked his magic in the emotional scenes, but the ease that he displayed in his latest flick was missing then. Manjima Mohan looked like your quintessential Goutham Menon heroine – not conventionally beautiful but will make you want to fall in love. Her acting though was very convincing. Rakendu, who played Naga Chaitanya’s friend Mahesh, delivered effortlessly. His dialogues served as unsuspecting comic relief as long as he was on screen. Baba Sehgal deserves an applause for his act as the crass Marathi cop.
If you can survive an unusual narrative for a plot that will unfold only at the climax, Saahasam… could be a good pick. The story in itself is good, and the direction, cinematography and music add a great deal to it. It’s a movie you should watch for the feels.