In a recent conversation, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has said one thing that nowadays people tend to call some movies as good, simply because those movies had good performances. Savaari is a new film that has Suraj Venjaramood playing the central character. This is one movie that can fit into the description Mr. Siddiqui said. Suraj Venjaramood has done an exceptional work in this movie that fails miserably to appeal to you as a work of cinema.

Savaari is the name of our character. He wakes up at 3 in the morning and he does all sorts of work like distributing paper and milk, getting flowers to various people, delivering lunch boxes and several similar odd jobs all for a fee of Rs 10 and the only thing he owns in the world is his bicycle. The story is set in Thrissur and so during the Thrissur pooram, Savaari loses his bicycle and that puts him in an emotionally vulnerable state. What happens in that particular scenario is what the movie Savaari all about.

On a writing level or making level Savaari feels pretty bland. After taking considerable time to build the character, the movie is just interested in creating random conflicts. The movie even reaches the interval making us wonder what exactly the conflict is. Once the cycle chapter happens, there also the writing isn’t really making an effort to make it look compelling. It is the earnestness with which Suraj Venjaramood plays that character that will make you sit through this seemingly aimless storytelling process. In the end, they have used the tried and tested method to epitomize our hero which probably ended 10 years before.

Suraj Venjaramood has proved his mettle and here he has proved that he can carry an entire film on his shoulders even if the movie is searching in the dark. He rarely says anything in this film and with his body language and expressions you sort of feel for him. The movie is somewhat a tourism promotion campaign for Thrissur and the whole Pooram aspect is there in the narrative. Jayaraj Warrier and Sivaji Guruvayoor play two of the major characters along with a few more actors. The performances of these actors are so loud that we can easily understand the flaws in the making.

Asok Nair is the writer and director of this film and he begins the movie like a parallel movie with a detailed look at the way Savaari lives. But as soon as the character played Jayaraj Warrier is introduced we can easily understand where exactly the tone of the film is heading. In the last 15 minutes, Savaari sort of becomes the “Being Human” version for actor Dileep who appears as himself in the end. Asok Nair ends the movie with the national flag and national anthem making it looks extremely alienated from whatever that was going on till that point. Technically the movie is kind of weak due to its restrained budget.

Savaari is just 106 minutes long and if you have patience you can sit through it. But after watching the film, the impression I had was that it just wasted a talented actor by squeezing out a quality performance from him for a totally undeserving script.

Rating: 2/5

Final Thoughts

After watching the film, the impression I had was that it just wasted a talented actor by squeezing out a quality performance from him for a totally undeserving script.


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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