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Times of India
Sapthagiri is the son of a head constable, and aspires to enter the film industry. As he attempts to nab the corruption and crimes of his bosses, Sapthagiri’s father is murdered under the pretext of an encounter gone wrong. Sapthagiri gets his father’s job as an ex gratia which he takes up in the memory of his father. He later finds the evidence that his father gathered to report the DSP (Posani) and his family’s crimes and realises that his father was in fact murdered. How he takes revenge on the perpetuators forms the rest of the film.
Sapthagiri Express Review:
Sapthagiri Express is a revenge story which is as basic as it gets. Perhaps that’s the reason behind all the slapstick comedy which takes up a good chunk of the runtime. And quite weirdly even a part of the high-intensity climax. For the first forty five minutes of the film, while you’ll see Sapthagiri theatrics happening in full vigour, you don’t quite get what the point of it all is. Most of the initial scenes are random and irrelevant, barring a few dialogues that are meant to establish characters. Only problem being they stick out so unnaturally.
Sapthagiri explaining to his mother that he beat up the DSPs son because he was clicking lewd pictures of a girl, sounds like it was force fitted to establish his goodness despite his good-for-nothingness. The actual plot of the film only begins in the pre-interval scenes.
While most of the plot unravels in the second half, it is lost in the clutter of comedy sequences which by now you’ll be getting tired of. A film that is merely two hours and eleven minutes long, because of all the hullabaloo feels extremely long. What could be given a kudos though is that Sapthagiri definitely delivered as an actor in the emotional scenes in whatever scope the script gave him. Although it had little or no importance to the script, the scene where he recites the iconic “Emantivi Emantivi” dialogue without a cut (albeit with faulty diction) is noteworthy. But before you begin to appreciate his effort he slips back into his trademark slapstick mode, which he seems at home with.
The film has many moments that are intended to invoke laughs but most of them lack any kind of logic. There’s an elaborate sequence where Sapthagiri chops off the hands of chain snatchers without their knowledge, courtesy his anesthesiologist girlfriend (Roshini). The writer finds a way to mention that the hand can’t be reattached unless the surgery happens within 2 hours but forgets that death by bloodloss is even a concern. The complaint here is that, if you’re going for absurd comedy then it’s better to stick to it, instead of trying and wriggling logic into it. In all, Sapthagiri Express feels like you’re watching a showreel of the actor’s comedy sketches. This one is strictly for those who love brainless comedy and Sapthagiri.