Movie review 'S/o Satyamurthy': Missing the Trivikram touch

Published Apr 10, 2015, 3:55 am IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 12:01 pm IST
Not something we expect from Trivikram

Director: Trivikram Srinivas

Cast:  Allu Arjun, Samantha, Nithya Menon, Rajendra Prasad, Rao Ramesh and Upendra


Ratings: 2.5 stars

When businessman Satyamurthy (Prakash Raj) dies in an accident, he leaves his son Viraj Anand (Allu Arjun) with debts of Rs 300 crore. The dutiful son sells everything and repays every rupee keeping his father’s goodwill in mind. From a life of luxury, Viraj moves to a small house with his mother, brother, and sister-in-law. He even cancels his engagement with Pallavi (Adah Sharma), as he is almost penniless. He takes up a job as a wedding planner and his very first assignment is the marriage of Pallavi, his ex.

At the wedding he meets Sameera (Samantha) and they fall in love. But Sameera’s father Paidi Subba Rao (Rajendra Prasad) throws a challenge to Viraj, which he has to win if he wants to marry her. We then see Viraj moving to a village ruled by Devaraj (Upendra). How Viraj manages to win is the crux of S/o Satyamurthy. Director Trivikram has continued the Atharintiki Daredi trend of rich-kid-giving-up-luxuries in this film too. But, the hallmark of the director is missing from this movie. The punch dialogues associated with his films are missing and the screenplay is so-so.

When you come out of the theatre, you will be hard-pressed to remember a single good dialogue from the film. Not something we expect from Trivikram. The film is also stretched unnecessarily.

The first half drags a bit. Instead of entertainment, loads of melodrama is forced upon us, but there is no emotional touch in it. The second half, meanwhile, is like a typical Srinu Vaitla comedy.

Performance wise, Allu Arjun is perfect, his hair and costumes, though could have been better. Of the three leading ladies, Samantha is the main lead. She is cute and glamorous. Adah Sharma’s character is very short and she does it with ease. Nithya Menon comes in the second half. And though she is a good performer, the problem is her accent. Upendra justifies his role as a faction leader. Rajendra Prasad and Rao Ramesh too have played their parts well. Meanwhile, Brahmanandam saves the second half with his comedy. Except for a few songs, Devi Sri Prasad’s music fails to impress. Even the cinematography isn’t great.