Gautamiputra Satakarni movie review: Novelty wins the battle

Gautamiputra Satakarni movie review: Nandamuri Balakrishna, with his gift of gab, drives the narrative effortlessly. Balakrishna retains his art of intonation and pitch to deliver the ancient regal Telugu (Grandhika Telugu).

Rating: 3 out of 5
Written by Krishna Vamsi | Hyderabad | Updated: January 12, 2017 5:55 pm
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Gautamiputra Satakarni director: Krish Jagarlamudi
Gautamiputra Satakarni cast: Balakrishna, Shriya Saran, Hema Malini, Kabir Bedi
Gautamiputra Satakarni rating: 3

Samayam ledu mitrama…. Hit a..Flop a…? (There isn’t much time my friend…Hit or flop?) That was the last question in my mind when the film ended with the ubiquitous dialogue still ringing in my head. Well, it’s neither and both.

A war is not an easy thing to show. It should have strategies, soldiers, armoury, artillery, contestants, skills, geography and more importantly a proportioned time to showcase the beginning, the conflict and the victory. Gautamiputra Satakarni is cramped up with battles with only a few elements, which too are poorly executed.

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Most of the battles are centered around Satakarni (Nandamuri Balakrishna), no argument there, he is the face of the film, but that turns out to be delimitation. Being the pioneer of the faction themes in the Telugu industry with his uber rhetoric and unrealistic stunts, Balakrishna is just reduced to his power punches in this epic battle(s). Every action sequence is a close shot of the actor swinging his sword with a tad clumsiness. The mass actor was in no shape to swing his sword continuously for a minute, let alone fight in four huge battles. Balakrishna throwing punches in mid-air is acceptable in mass and faction filled films, but in epic wars, it doesn’t quite make sense when a king jumps into an enemy fort (on a horseback!) and gets rid of the those preventing a breach (Yes, with a single sword). Or the actor’s vague strategy to attack the enemy from all sides confusing them. They just don’t lend credence to the usual battle formations.

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In a nutshell, no amount of time is invested in setting the scenes. The art of showing a battle lies in presenting it from every angle possible. In a rush to show the Satakarni’s conquests in the country, there are many chinks that are left wide open in the script.

However, the quick long shots of the locations and the grand visual effects presented can be appreciated for realistic portrayal.

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The other aspect of narrative that makes sure there are a couple of flag bearers in the battles are the well-penned dialogues. From the battle and regal rhetoric to speaking about human values and feminism, the story is well worked on mixing some powerful lines evoking positive emotions. Though, there is a bit of redundancy, Balakrishna, with his gift of gab, drives the narrative effortlessly. Balakrishna retains his art of intonation and pitch to deliver the ancient regal Telugu (Grandhika Telugu).

Finally, the novelty and the subject from the pages of Telugu history is a great pick that we should lay back and consider as “mark-as-read” for this Sankranthi. And Balayya can cherish it for making it his 100th film.

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    Chiranjeevi
    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:18 am
    Nee bokkalo review nuvvu. Thuu nee brathuku cheda.😂😂
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      Simon
      Jan 13, 2017 at 12:16 am
      It is truly a silly Telugu movie. Hero does not have a body of a warrior. At that time period people were not overly dressed as shown. What is the purpose of this movie? To entertain as a comedy or to educate with history (what?). Primitive audience.
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        Weni Lisnawaty
        Jan 31, 2017 at 8:16 am
        If you want to see better view here =gt;
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          Amar
          Jan 12, 2017 at 6:05 pm
          Hit movie for gowthamiputra satakarni
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            pn swamy
            Jan 13, 2017 at 10:27 am
            this is ourTELIGU vaadi DAMMU.Prapancahm lo TELUGODI MEESAM THIPPUDAM.Eppudunna generation ki mana telugu vadi dhiryam,theguva,pattudala,sahasam,aathmagouravam,goppathanam thelapali.thelisindi kuda.
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              Sairam K
              Jan 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm
              Super movie.lt;br/gt;Great movie . Congrats the cast and crew
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                RAVIKUMAR
                Jan 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm
                i rating 5
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                  RAVIKUMAR
                  Jan 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm
                  supar balaiah babay
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                    joti
                    Jan 13, 2017 at 6:25 am
                    Good endeavour of krish and Balakrishna. Good movie breaking the routine scenario.
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                      sumanth choudary
                      Jan 12, 2017 at 10:16 am
                      is this a critic rating? i find this more like comparing this movie to what this guy watches on hollywood. please never compare stuff from one to another. thanks. i dont consider your review to be of any use to any one as a CRITIC rating.
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                        Suraj
                        Jan 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
                        I agree with the author on how bad the move is but I dont agree with his praise for Balakrishna....his acting was so bad and that too after so many years in the industry i was wincing at every scene and wondering how this guy became an actor in the first place...its sad that andhra and telegana promote people just for the sake of caste instead of raw talent...dont see much of a future for this industry.
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                          as
                          Jan 13, 2017 at 3:20 am
                          A person who can praise rubbish Hollywood movies will definitely appreciate this efforts
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                            K P
                            Jan 12, 2017 at 9:19 am
                            THE BEST OF THE BEST. IN KURNOOL IT MAY RUN FOR 5 YEARS. BALA KRISHNA IS SO LUCKY TO HAVE THIS FILM WHICH FITS LIKE TAILOR MADE. A GLADIATOR IN TELUGU. KRISH DIRECTION IS SPEECH LESS.
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                              rao
                              Jan 12, 2017 at 12:29 pm
                              Wanna be a critic?express the portrayal of art and negatives in depicting it ,not the logical aspect of a fiction .Well ,more than 90% of films don't have one,the so called logical explanation,don't be so biased in judging.Biased in writing doesn't sum up ,to be a good critic.
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                                Ryanz Rhamdhani
                                Jan 27, 2017 at 5:35 pm
                                Watch Watch Gautamiputra Satakarni Full Movielt;br/gt;
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                                  vani
                                  Jan 12, 2017 at 2:36 pm
                                  GPSK Super Movie
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                                    M.laxmi manohar
                                    Jan 14, 2017 at 5:46 am
                                    The is movie has not shown a meaning ful story. Sathakarni aim and goal can be shown at the starting of the movie with a voice over. Directly why they are killing is not able to understand.tanikella bharani belongs whom I.e.minister of samantha raju or satha karni is a confusion at the starting. Dialogues not up to the common mam. Hero is not looking fit. Close up shot at war sequences Is really tough for the audience to see.hero must have to do research about the king and his body language. Director krish shown his talent but he could concentrate more on screen play which is poor.
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                                      sudha
                                      Jan 16, 2017 at 10:22 am
                                      I liked it, we need to revive our Telugu culture by bringing more such kind, so that new generation knows about us
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                                        Pydakula Srinivasulu
                                        Jan 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm
                                        Reflecting Balakrishna and Krish's sincerity and dedication. Resulting positive response from every veiwer. Proud to say ' Our Telugu King Sathakarni, Our Telugu Director Krish, Our Telugu Actor Balakrishna.' What a responsible role pla by above caste.lt;br/gt;I rate 4.5 out of 5 for the movie.
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                                          RAMPRASAD NAIDU
                                          Jan 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm
                                          LEGEND IS BACK WITH ANOTHER BLOCKBUSTER.WE DONT MIND THIS TYPE OF UNWANTED RATINGS
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                                            teja
                                            Jan 29, 2017 at 7:20 am
                                            check my post..
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