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Times of India
Director Madan Patel has selected a controversial subject of the lives of self-styled swamijis and how they exploit gullible public with their words and actions. He has presented to the audiences what they have heard and not seen of swamijis' lives.
The movie focuses on the lives of self-styled swamijis and how they cheat people in the name of god and on the pretext of curing their diseases. Madan Patel himself has acted as a director of the movie Sathyananda. But Patel has promoted himself too much in the first half which could have been avoided. The real story unfolds only in the second half.
The director has chosen the story of Sathyananda, a self-styled swamiji. Before becoming a swamiji, he had no money to pay for a cup of tea and a bun. His luck changes when he saves an injured boy from an accident and becomes a swamiji. He builds an ashram, attracts a large number of devotees and also gets involved in physical relationship with women devotees. In one instance, he prepares a CD of his romance with a woman and blackmails her to extort money. He also has a tennis player Angelina (Anuki) coming to his ashram and Sathyananda exploiting her to his benefit. The swamiji goes on an exploitation spree till director Madhav Prasad exposes him.
Full marks to Ravi Chethan for his excellent portrayal of Sathyananda. Madan Patel is graceful. Mimicry Dayanand gives a comic touch to the story with the role of Dheerendra Sharma, the Brahmanda swamiji.
The movie has no logic or magic. Most of the sequences are silly and unimaginative that seem to have been done without any script or preparation. The story begins on a romantic note and ends with an action note. In between, it is the director's ignorance of the story that makes the movie least impressive.