By Rohith Raju
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Gautamiputra Satakarni, the epic historical Telugu movie, based on the eponymous mighty Satavahana King, consists of war, love, emotion, revelation and grandeur. Gautamiputra Satakarni (GPSK ) is Krish’s deliberative war drama and the best of his since debut, when it comes to direction. Balayya’s GPSK is about a Satavahana King named Gautamiputra Satakarni whose motive was to make our country Independent from foreigners by conquering and uniting all the regions.
It is very hard to imagine any other actor as Satakarni after Balayya finishes chewing his character. Shreya is gorgeous and sizzles with Balayya, but she is not confined only to romance and glamour. Krish has offered her with an amazing characterization which provides a greater scope for performance. The kind of emotion and temperament that Shriya possesses is praise worthy. Hema Malini is very influential with her consummate elegance. Kabir Bedi is the dreadful and fiery antagonist.
Writer-director Krish broke through with the off-beat film “Gamyam”, he then bestowed us the Anthology “Vedam” and went on to win National acclaim for his film “Kanche”. But with Gautamiputra Satakarni, he has won the hearts of several movie buffs by gifting them with an absolutely exceptional movie. His cinematic vision is seamlessly brought to the screen with the support of his cast and crew. The story is narrated in an interesting manner without causing any boredom.
Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi, whom I personally regard as “Master of Pre-production”, just makes all the 50-crore visible on the screen. I got the shock of my when I first learnt about that the budget of the movie. Who on earth can make a film like this for a “shoe-string” expenditure of 50-crore? First Frame Entertainments being his home production, it is apparent that Krishhad had full creative liberty which allowed him to complete the movie in just about 80 days.
Saimadhav Burra, who has previously collaborated with Krish in Kanche has captivated each and every viewer with his profoundly dynamic and striking dialogues. When Balayya delivers his dialogues, the kind of excitement we get can’t be expressed in words. They are simply impeccable and elevate the movie to a wider extent.
Chirantan Bhatt surely keeps the movie alive with his BGM and fabulous songs. Songs are flawlessly built into the storyline and convey the story. Siva Rajkumar is astonishing with his traditional dance performances. It’s really surprising to learn that he is capable of delivering this kind of justifiable drama. Bhatt’s songs were really arresting and remains as a major asset to the film.
Gnana Sekhar, Krish’s long time collaborator since Vedam, deserves special mention for his opulent visuals. Though some aerial shots seem little blurry, he manages to add a fascinating flavor to the scenes with his insightful craft. This underdog deserves to work with much more great film makers after this flick.
Neeta Lulla’s costumes, which grabbed National Award for Ashotosh Gowariker’s Jodhaa Akbar, take us back to ancient era, bringing us that kind of pre-history scenario.
I think Krish is quite ambitious in letting us know about and respect Gautamiputra Satakarni. Consequently, he roped in some Hollywood underdogs including Aziz Hamichi, one of the production designers of Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation; Ashwin Joshi and Amit Kumar, one of the digital compositors of X-Men: First Class and Pirates the Caribbean Franchise respectively; Abdellah Oukseh, one of the fight coordinator of American Sniper.
Lastly, the grandiosity of this epic movie never fades away in any moment and it provides us with spine chilling glimpses and re-emphasizes our cultural significance. Besides, I strongly assure you all that this movie is going to grip you from the first frame. It re-discovers the potential of Telugu cinema after quite a long time. The climax, on a whole, is very astonishing. Further, I reckon this film will certainly reach the 100 crore mark.
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Rohith Raju an undergraduate who is passionate about all things cinema. South Indian cinema happens to be his first love among equals. He blogs at Directors Blog.
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