IANS Review: ‘Sabhaapathy’: A light-hearted entertainer with a take-home message (IANS Rating: ***)
Director: R. Srinivasa Rao. Cast: Santhanam, M.S. Baskar, Preeti Verma, Sayaji Shinde, Pugal, Uma and Madurai Muthu.
IANS Rating: ***
Director R. Srinivasa Rao’s ‘Sabhaapathy’ is a light-hearted entertainer that, regardless of its flaws, nearly works.
The movie begins with Fate introducing us to Sabhaapathy, a easy, trustworthy man with a stutter, and saying that He can be coming into his life in a interval of 5 days.
The first half of the movie exhibits what occurs throughout the 5 days earlier than Fate enters his life and the subsequent half is about what sort of issues future brings to his doorstep and the way the person overcomes it due to his honesty.
‘Sabhaapathy’ works primarily due to two components — the primary is the significant message that the movie intends to convey. Without getting preachy, it gently factors out that honesty continues to be one of the best coverage, although it could seem retro this present day, it does get you wealthy rewards.
The movie, which is an out-and-out comedy, has simply a couple of scenes the place the story momentarily turns critical. One of those scenes powerfully talks concerning the ache of a dad who’s frightened about the way forward for his household after him. That aside, the movie additionally highlights the ache that these with a stammering downside endure and appears to spice up their self-confidence via its climax.
For sending out these messages, Srinivasa Rao will get a pat on the again.
The different issue that makes the movie work is how the character of Santhanam has been customary. Although he performs the hero within the movie, he doesn’t show superhuman traits. He performs a easy younger man with a stammering downside who’s determined to search out a job.
Unlike a few of his latest movies by which he appeared very lean, Santhanam appears match on this movie. What is much more pleasing is the truth that his retorts will not be abusive or hurtful. One will get to see a extra restrained efficiency from Santhanam and that does a world of fine to the movie.
The movie additionally has some great performances coming from the supporting forged. M.S. Baskar, who performs Sabhaapathy’s dad and a retired faculty trainer, Ganapathi, is simply excellent within the movie. His timing sense is good and the comedy scenes click on primarily due to that. Rama, who performs the heroine’s mom, too provides to the comedy issue.
Talking of comedy, among the parts are humorous and evoke laughter. But then, there are parts which might be both not humorous or are downright cringeworthy. These parts actually deliver down the usual of the movie.
For occasion, there’s a sequence by which a drunk Sabhaapathy pukes on his dad’s head and as if that wasn’t sufficient, it’s adopted by one other equally horrible sequence involving him, his dad and a woman trainer who comes to satisfy him. Sequences similar to these depart one feeling disgusted.
The movie’s heroine, Preeti Verma, who performs the character of Savithri, does a fairly good job. The movie has a respectable background rating and one delightfully good quantity.
And Leo John Paul, the editor, does a good job of protecting the movie trim and slim, making certain that boredom does not set in.
In brief, ‘Sabhaapathy’ will get saved not by the comedy its makers appear to have counted on, however by the messages it sends out.