Movie: Saahasam Swaasaga Saagipo
Banner: Dwaraka Cine Creations
Cast: Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, Manjima Mohan, Baba Sehgal and others
Writer: Kona Venkat
Music: AR Rahman
Cinematography: Donmack Arthur
Producer: Miryala Raveender Reddy
Story, Screenplay and Direction: Gautham Vasudev Menon
Release date: Nov 11 2016
Director Gautham Menon’s movies are most-eagerly awaited by film lovers and youth as his films offer something fresh.
What is it about?
Rajinikanth (Chaitanya) falls in love with his sister’s friend Leela (Manjima), who stays in their house as a paying guest. Rajanikanth goes on a road trip to Kanyakumari along with Leela on his bike. In return they meet with an accident and life goes topsy-turvy after that. Now Rajinikanth and Leela have to run for their lives.
Naga Chaitanya is evolving with each film. He is at complete ease playing the protagonist in this. He is extremely likeable as the boy next door and the transformation to an action hero is commendable. Manjima is cute and also can act. She could go places with right opportunities. Baba Sehgal is alright as the crooked cop. Supporting cast have done decent job. The guy who played Mahesh deserves special mention.
Gautham Menon can make a simple story impactful with his screenplay and direction. Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo also has a very thin story but Gautham keeps you engaged with his narrative skills. He has shown tremendous grip over the narrative until the penultimate scenes, where everything goes for a toss.
AR Rahman’s music is superb. All the songs are impressive. Background score is right on the money. Cinematography stands the highlight of all the technical aspects. The way camera lingers on the faces of the lead actors and the bike is sheer romance. Beautiful, just beautiful!
Gautham Menon is one director who makes different kind of movies within action and romance genre. He is equally good at packaging action dramas like “Gharshana” and romantic movies like “Ye Maaya Chesave”.
His “Saahsam Swaasaga Saagipo” seems like a mix of both the movies but this is slightly different from his usual style of movies.
While the movie begins like “Ye Maaya Chesave” – with hero falling for other state girl who lives in his home, goes with her to some place (in YMC it is Kerala, here it is Kanyakumari), etc.
The way Naga Chaitanya goes after the villains is shot in most stylish way by Gautham Menon. He also cuts the scenes differently.
The scene where Naga Chaitanya sits in a doctor’s home and tells that he has now turned into a man is terrific. That is the theme of the movie – a boy turning into a man. The hotel scene in the second half is also superb.
Even the twist in the story in the end and the revealing scene of Naga Chaitanya’s name are also good. But again, the movie’s climax gives feeling. The fight scene in the end seems too stretched.
Although “Saahasam Swaasaga Saagipo” is not an excellent film like “Ye Maaya Chesave” or as gripping as “Raghavan”, this is different movie within commercial format.
The romantic scenes in the beginning seem very repetitive but the later portion is what makes the difference.
All in all, different visual style, and thriller mode of narration coupled with A R Rehman’s techno music makes the movie far from the regular stuff