Savyasachi movie review: Naga Chaitanya-Madhavan starrer is a damp squib

Savyasachi movie review: Naga Chaitanya is a damp squib with plenty of eye-rolling that doesn't really go with the mood of the circumstances. He only thrives in dance sequences.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Published: November 2, 2018 6:57:12 pm

Savyasachi movie review Naga Chaitanya-Madhavan Savyasachi movie review: Savyasachi is a movie about vanishing twins.

Savyasachi movie cast: Naga Chaitanya, R Madhavan, Nidhhi Agerwal
Savyasachi movie director: Chandoo Mondeti
Savyasachi movie rating: 1 star

Director-writer Chandoo Mondeti kills a bus full of critics in the opening scene of his new film Savyasachi. All the victims of the bus accident were the critics of Arun Raj, a sociopath villain played by Madhavan. The victims include a teacher who tried to discipline Arun in school, a girlfriend who broke up citing his bad temperament, a film critic who gave a zero-star rating to a bad movie made by Arun (we can’t say that Chandoo didn’t warn us in the beginning), and Vikram Aditya (Naga Chaitanya), who is another human who crossed the monster called Arun.

While the bus drops in the gorge, only our hero is thrown out of the bus so that he can miraculously hang onto a tree branch and later get rescued. The scene defies gravity but it is the least of your worries. The entire movie defiles you intellectually. The movie is flawed to an extent where the characters onscreen begin to echo the thoughts of the audience: “What is going on, I am not able to understand anything?,” cries Vikram Aditya. Probably, that is the only moment when the character managed to connect with the audience in the whole movie.

Savyasachi is a movie about vanishing twins. A twin syndrome is a condition when a twin dies in the uterus due to miscarriage suffered by the mother. The fetal tissue is then usually absorbed by the other twin. The syndrome is explained by a good doctor (played by Rao Ramesh), who knows how to make a killer powerpoint presentation.

Chandoo puts a dramatic spin on this medical condition. The remains of the fetal that didn’t survive the full pregnancy are now lodged in the hero’s body cells and controls his left arm. But, instead of treating the condition with medicine, the director adds a liberal dose of family sentiment to extract maximum value from a poorly written melodramatic script. The non-surviving twin, that is now surviving in the cells of the hero, also experiences a range of emotions like normal human beings. It is considered as the hero’s big brother by its parents. Now, how did the parents arrive at the conclusion that the fetus was a boy and not a girl? Simple, that’s how patriarchy thinks.

Chandoo’s writing is more problematic in places when he glorifies molestation and toxic masculinity. For example, the hero’s left-hand slaps when it feels angry and pats the back when appreciation is due. And when it sees a beautiful girl, it spanks her butt. After all, the non-surviving twin is a boy. And as they say, boys will be boys.

The chauvinistic behavior such as ragging or spanking a girl is normal and accepted as long as the hero does it. Chandoo confidently takes this line of argument in the movie explaining the subtle difference in a hero misbehaving with a girl and a not-a-hero misbehaving with a girl. Vikram Aditya says something like this: The girl falls for the hero when he teases her. And the girl still falls for the hero when the villain teases her.

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Kausalya appears as the mother of surviving twin and vanishes even before you can notice her face properly. And who was the actor that played her husband’s role? Never mind. Let’s simply say, even he vanishes. Nidhhi Agerwal as Chitra appears during the song sequences and vanishes when the movie returns to the sheerly underwhelming story. Rao Ramesh, another wasted talent in the film, hardly gets a few minutes on the screen. And you guessed it right, he too vanishes.

Bhumika Chawla as the sister of twins lights up the screens for a brief period of time. In a scene, where she explains Madhavan’s Arun about the hero’s medical condition, she does it with such sincerity. The scene feels like a soothing breeze in Arabian desert. But, that moment passes very quickly. Even an actor of Madhavan’s caliber can only do so much to lift up a character that is written so badly.

Naga Chaitanya is a damp squib with plenty of eye-rolling that doesn’t really go with the mood of the circumstances. He only thrives in dance sequences. It looks like he’s working on his dancing skills. It’s also high time, he pays some attention to improving his craft in acting too.

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