Saguni - The Same Old (Commercial) Story


                               In India, commercial film-making has certain rules. One of the foremost rule is to 'forget logic,' then you need to embrace stereotypes. Empty your mind, fill it with these rules, then go watch a Tamil movie like Shankar Dayal’s Saguni, starring Karthick. After watching this movie, I asked some questions to myself. So what's the plot?

                         The story goes like this : A villain-politician (although villain and politician are like synonyms), Prakash Raj, kills the CM and becomes the new CM. Then, introduction of our hero, Karthick, a song, then we meet a auto-driver, Santhanam, a saving grace of commercial Tamil cinemas nowadays. Santhanam, with his witty, smart one-liners makes us forget the plot. But there need to be some kind of a story. As usual, our hero is from a village, comes to the big bad city, Chennai with a personal agenda. He is caught up among politics, tasmac wine shops, and a heroine. He applies a finesse in tackling all these three things.

                        Using muscles he thrashes corrupt politicians in tasmac Wine shop. With the help of Machiavellian tactics, he cleans up the political system, filled with scums. He makes a counselor, then a Mayor, takes a rest in jail, meets up the opposition party leader, talks for a span of five minutes, and changes him to a good guy. In the meantime, apart from relaxing in the jail and chatting with Santhanam, he pursues his love interest, through songs. Did our hero win the final battle, the state elections?  Of course, we all know what is going to be the result.

                   What about the performances? The unsung hero Santhanam gives a great, humorous performance. His career now,  is in a golden zone. Even his worst jokes, looks excellent when compared to the overall movie. Karthick is comfortable with his character, breeds joy and cheer. But, why is he-- a talented actor-- starring in a movie like this? answer : Commercial Cinema. Apart from duets, does this movie need a heroine? answer : It is a commercial cinema. 

                  The screenplay is very weak. It is wandering like a rogue assassin. Can't they do a better job in writing a good screenplay? Of course they can't , it's a commercial cinema. There is no logic.......I mean......
           Stop right there!!! It is a commercial cinema!! So, no more analysis and questions.

         One Final question: Why India, a land of rich tales, can't produce more inspirational and parallel cinemas? COMMERCIAL CINEMA.
                

Comments

Lol, bro you watch such films too. I had to watch as I review Tamil films for some other wesite. I don't think I have anything else besides what you've pointed out :)
Mak said…
What were the questions Arun..? ;-) Apart from the plot, screenplay and why not inspirational movies.
jaish_vats said…
Hi

Nice review. One needs to look at the angle from a producer. After spending all that money what they are looking for is revenue. And considering the masses that visit theaters and whose choice is restricted to ONLY Tamil movies, commercial cinema is a need. And its commercial cinema that brings a huge fan following for all the actors out there. Not everyone watches movies with an artistic eye. As VidyaBalan says in Kahani, its entertainment,entertainment and entertainment :)
Arun said…
@Mak, Apart from these questions u mentioned, there's none. There is no need too, for this movie.
Arun said…
@Haricharan, Thanks for the comment. That's great, for what websites are you doing reviews?

jaish_vats, Thank you for commenting. I am not against commercial or mass-masala, and i am not always demanding a artistic movie, but the way they compromise with the screenplay and plot, injecting more and more illogical things, in the name of "commerical" is what makes the movie irritating.
Nona said…
Karthik was good at marketing his movies. He is not a bad actor at the same time. I agree about Santhanam. He is on the rise. I seriously hope he keeps his jokes fresh and concentrate on his career. :)
SJ said…
Lol,,, they're all fixated in a rut. No creativity :(

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Arun said…
@Nona, Thanks for the comment. Hope the same thing about Santhanam.
Arun, I do reviews for nowrunning.com (Telugu movies), Desimartini.com and Brokenscooter magazine
Vikram said…
I agree too many stories have the same content. thanks for sharing this.