Savari Review: Watch it only for Suraj Venjaramoodu
Watching a good actor delivering an extremely good performance in a movie that pretty much has nothing good to its credit is a painful experience as we get to see an effort getting the wrong platform. The Suraj Venjaramoodu starrer Savari one such movie where the movie aimless in achieving its goals but the honesty with which Suraj has performed will make you root for that character.
The name of our hero is Savari. He is the man who will do any kind of odd job. He wakes up 3 in the morning and goes to pick up newspapers and milk and delivers it door to door in his bicycle. Then he assists a tea shop owner after which he delivers lunch and he does several other such jobs for an amount of only Rs 10. During one Thrissur Pooram, Savaari loses his bicycle and as it was the only thing he owned in this world, he becomes extremely sad and uncomfortable. How that situation is tackled is what the movie Savari showing us.
Savari is a lifeless script that goes on to present the zillion-year-old cliché of worshipping the hero’s goodness. The movie looks sophisticated in the beginning as we are presented the character by showing us the very details of his routine activities. But then the writer-director Asok Nair seems to be clueless on what conflict to throw at him. I thought not being able to see the Pooram will be the conflict until this cycle chapter happened. But that also gets treated in a very lackluster way. What works for the movie is only the earnestness with which Suraj Venjaramoodu has performed. The last act in the movie is so dull that I thought it was added very late to give the movie a structure.
With Savari, Suraj Venjaramoodu as an actor proves that he can carry a movie with nothing with just his performance. He has very few lines in the movie and if you still can feel empathy for the character he played, it is indeed his ability to use body language and expressions to the fullest. The movie that is set in Thrissur has the inevitable Thrissur gut Jayaraj Warrier in it. Sivaji Guruvayoor, Sunil Sukhada etc are the other major actors.
Asok Nair who begins the movie in the offbeat mood gives us a hope in the first 10 or 15 minutes. But as soon as other characters start to speak, the intended direction of the film gets revealed. Savari almost acts like a whitewashing platform for the actor who appeared in the guest role. There is national anthem and national flag getting displayed at the end of the film which sort of justifies my allegation that the climax was constructed hastily to shape up the movie to a tale of sacrifice. The technical side of the movie is pretty weak.
The 106 minutes long Savari is never a patience tester. But realizing that the movie has got pretty much nothing to its credit as a proper story will disappoint you as we realize that it is sort of disrespecting the efforts of its hero.
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