Shankar Dayal’s Shakuni (2012) Movie Review (First On Net)


Cast:  Karthik Sivakumar, Pranitha, Radhika Sarath Kumar, Roja, Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Nasser and Kiran Rathod.

Genre: Action | Romance | Drama

Director: Shankar Dayal

Music Director: G V Prakash Kumar

Censor Certificate: U/A

Run Time: 158 Minutes

Watched at Prasadz, Hyderabad

Story-Line: The story of Saguni is about a normal man by some circumstances gets into politics, following a bad event that takes place in his family. Kamal Krishna (Karthi) a responsible guy who wanna continue his ancestors culture through him. But due to some critical problem, Kamal comes to Hyderabad so that he could meet the Railway minister and express his problem to him. Where he meets with his Athaiya (Roja) and Maradhalu Sri Devi (Praneeta). But things things don’t fall at the right place. How a Ordinary man opposes powerful ministers and gets his work done forms the rest of the storyline.

PerformancesKarthi shows his versatility with this character as Kamal. There are lots of shades of Shakuni to it and he tries to underact them all and evokes to juncture only when it’s needed. Santhanam is second best performer in the movie; he does a fair job as Rajini. Radhika is pretty natural in the role. Praneetha is pretty in her small character. Kota Srinivas Rao did a meaningful role, provided some decent laughs. Prakash Raj is ineffective. Kiran Rathod and Nasser are tending in their characters. Anushka Shetty and Andrea (Yuganiki Okkadu fame) cameo’s were fine. Rests of the characters are adequate.

Technical Stuff:  Story by Shankar Dayal is thin. In the beginning of the film it appears like a Romantic Entertainer, but as the interval approaches this film turns out to be a Political Satire film. Direction by Shanker Dayal is adequate. Screenplay is slow in the first half, but becomes very predictable in the second half. The director sprinkled nice amount humor in the film in order to sustain interest. The biggest technical asset of the film is wonderful cinematography by P. G. Muthiah. There is so much pleasurableness in visuals due to nice locations. Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar is okay. Don’t know why makers skipped “Paddade Peggu ra Mavayya” track in the film. Background Music is pretty average, but Shakuni Shakuni.. score in second half is good. Choreography by Bobby Antony, Baba Baskar, Prem Rakshith and Raju are fine. Dialogues by Sashank Vennelakanti  are satisfactory. Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad is average. Production values are excellent.

Survi Verdict: First half of the film is mediocre and second half is average. This film heavily suffers from simple story, predictable narration and casual direction. The positives of the film are Karthi performance, Santhanam, Cinematography and comedy in parts. On the whole, you can watch Shakuni at your leisure. But it’s not worth your money and watching it on a big screen.

 Survi Review: 2/5

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