Genre: Action, Drama
Release Date: 30th August, 2019
Cast: Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Damini Chopra, Neil Nitin Mukesh
Saaho Movie Review Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars!)
Star Cast: Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mahesh Manjrekar, Chunky Pandey, Murali Sharma, Jackie Shroff
What’s Good: The number of employment opportunities it created for the people attached to it
What’s Bad: Hint: Baby I Won’t Tell You!
Loo Break: During any of the songs or during all four of them!
Watch or Not?: Skip it, don’t be a ‘Bad Boy’
In the entire story, half a dozen bad men are chasing a black box, and are being chased by police including undercover cops like Ashok (Prabhas) and Amrita (Shraddha Kapoor). Amongst numerous gangs in a futuristic city of Waaji, one is led by Roy (Jackie Shroff). He dies (or is killed) in an accident post which all of the gangs unite to get that black box.
By end of the first half, Ashok is no more undercover, he falls madly in love with Amrita, villains have their cameos and audience is officially confused about what the makers want to establish. In this chase of what’s said to be 2-lakhs-crores (lol), the gangs of Waaji, amidst very ordinary twists, fight each other to know what was in that Black box. Who got it? What it contained? Was it really as important as introduced? You’ll get to know ‘if you’ survive through the second half.
Saaho Movie Review: Script Analysis
Sujeeth’s story is a mess of many shallow ideas that could’ve hit gold if treated properly. He has tried to visualize a towering plot, efforts are visible in the screenplay too but when it’s converted on screen, it’s loathsome. Editor A. Sreekar Prasad messes up and my heart isn’t ready to believe that it’s his solely his fault. Not a single good scene is established well, thanks to a number of unwanted cuts to bridge multiple sequences. This kind of idea needed stability in the script which lacks clearly here. Throughout the movie, the sense of ‘what it could’ve been’ remained with me.
It subtly includes references from Batman (the terrace shot), Mission Impossible (chase sequences), Iron Man (Stark Tower in Waaji). I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but don’t make it so obvious so it loses the novel value. Through the grand sets, Sujeeth also tries his hands at symbolism (Note a scene in which Prabhas & Shraddha hugs each other in front of a couple-hugging statue whose heads are on fire) but fails miserably at it. The symbolism is there just for the sake of it, without having any impact on your narrative.
Saaho Movie Review: Star Performance
Prabhas’ performance somewhat intrigues you in watching what’s going on. Though his Hindi is horrible, and his original dubbing artist should’ve done that job for him. He’s styled well, but so is Chunky Pandey. Shraddha Kapoor’s track is the most unwanted thing in the film, of course after the fact of this story getting such humongous backing. She looks as she’s in her other movies, has a couple of unwanted action sequences, that’s about it.
Out of all the baddies, Chunky Pandey was the most convincing as Devraj. He shares one brilliant scene (toh aap kyun hasse?) with Tinnu Anand. Jackie Shroff’s cameo is wasted, Neil Nitin Mukesh is his usual self (continuation from his Players’ character). Mahesh Manjrekar gets no space to shine.
Star Cast: Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arun Vijay, Jackie Shroff, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Pandey, Mahesh Manjrekar, Evelyn Sharma, Tinnu Anand, Murli Sharma, Lal, Prakash Belawadi
Producer: Vamsi Krishna Reddy, Pramod Uppalapati & Bhushan Kumar
Saaho Review (Box Office) : Expectations
After Baahubali, the Prabhas factor has helped Saaho gain astonishing hype all over. The superstar has made a comeback on the big screen after 2 years and hence the release day of Saaho (even though a non-holiday) is nothing less than a festival for Prabhas fans. But that’s not it, the star cast includes names like Shraddha Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh to appeal Bollywood audience and they have been pretty successful in it. The promos have been a huge hit and the music has done fairly well generating overall positive expectations.
Saaho Review (Box Office) : Impact
If we compare Saaho to Baahubali, both films lie on opposite poles. If Baahubali was on the extreme side of good, Saaho is on the extreme opposite side. Even if you don’t compare it to Baahubali, it’s still a waste of time & money for everyone who goes out in cinemas expecting some kind of entertainment.
From performances to direction, cinematography to background score, story to screenplay nothing goes in the favour of the film. It’s supposed to be an action entertainer but sadly action is yet another disappointment and so is VFX.
Without going in the critical details of the film, I’d just say that it’s simply a snooze-fest where you won’t be able to help yourself but sleep or either tell your friends while crying, “Mujhe ghar jaana hai.” Just like Alia Bhatt says in Raazi. Remember?
350 crores have been spent on the film? And the biggest takeaway from the film is the question, “Where the hell the producers spent these 350 crores and why the hell they did it to themselves?”
Saaho Review (Box Office): Prospects
Saaho has started on a good note at the Box Office in the Hindi market and excellent note in South India. But the film won’t take much time in dropping and will crash from Monday onwards. The film despite a good opening will struggle to hit 100 crores mark in Hindi markets.