Director : Santhosh T N
Producers : Rajkumar Akella,Kaviya Venugopal
Music Director : Sam C S
Cinematography : Surya Mishra
Editers : Navin Nooli
Arjun Suravaram is a film which has been delayed for the last six months. It has finally hit the screens today and lets see how it is.
Arjun Suravaram (Nikhil) is an investigative journalist who works for a channel called TV 99. He falls in love with his colleague (Lavanya) and when everything seems to be going fine, he suddenly gets arrested in a fake certificate scam. Arjun comes out on bail and to his shock, finds out that a big mafia is behind all this. The rest of the story is as to how Arjun takes things in his own hands and solves the case.
The subject of fake certification looks quite relatable and contemporary as the issue has become a hot topic these days. The manner in which the mafia operates these scams and fake certificates are created and circulated has been showcased well in the film.
When compared to his previous movies, there is a radical change in Nikhil. Be it his screen presence or his body language, Nikhil has worked hard on this film and it shows through his role. Nikhil looks impressive in all the fights and also portrays his journalist’s role efficiently. Lavanya is also good in her supporting role and her chemistry with Nikhil is good.
Vennela Kishore gets a meaty role and does it supremely well. Not only does he evoke good comedy but he was very good in his emotional outburst in the end. Nagineedu was good as the emotional father. Comedian Satya was good in his small role.
The last 20 minutes of the first half is quite gripping and has some good thrills showcased. The way the fake certificates are made have also been shown effectively. The social message in the film is also good. The BGM is quite effective and elevates the film to another level.
Off late, the problem with many movies is the second half. The director ends the first half well and loses the grip on the second. The same happens with this film too as the second half becomes a bit dull.
Some logics go missing and several liberties have been taken by the hero to solve the case which looks a bit over the top. After so much happening in the fake certificates scam one would think that the climax would be special. Not that it is bad but is wrapped up in a hurry and looks abrupt.
The film takes forever to get into the main story and Nikhil’s solo song could have been avoided to make things interesting.
Even though the film is delayed much it looks fresh and has a nice set up. The production values of the film are top notch as the crime scenes looks real. Credit should go to the art direction department who have done a fabulous job. Music is below par.
Coming to the director Santosh, he has done a good job with the film. He has treated this remake on an interesting note and made sure that there are not many boring moments. Had he not wasted the first 15 minutes establishing the hero’s role, things would have been quite effective. The climax part should have been handled well by him.
On the whole, Arjun Suravaram is an engaging crime thriller with a novel concept. The thrills showcased, breezy narration and Nikhil’s performance are basic assets. The film starts on a very dull note but picks up once the main plot is unleashed. Nikhil’s long wait will surely pay dividends for him. If you ignore the slightly sluggish climax and some logics, this film ends as a good watch this weekend.
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