Souryam Review2 – Gopichand excels again in action-packed drama
Cast: Gopichand, Anushka, Poonam Kaur, Manoj K Jayan, Ajay, Vijaya Ranga Raja, Tanikella Bharani, Saratbabu, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Ali, Krishna Bhagawan, Raghubabu, MS Narayana, Sudha and others
Credits: Dialogues – M Ratnam,
Lyrics: Bhaskarabhatla, Ramajogaiah Sastry, Anant Sriram,
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh,
Action: Vijay, Ram-Lakshman,
Producer: V Ananda Prasad,
Story, screenplay and direction: Siva.
Banner: Bhavya Creations
Released on: September 25, 2008
On the lines of Teja and Rasool, cinematographer Siva too tried his hand in direction and like almost all the other technicians who turned directors achieved a hit in their first venture, Siva too brought out a commercial hit with Gopichand as hero for ‘Souryam’. With penning a story that suits the body language of an action hero, the director made good use of the hero’s image and proved that it is really a tailor-made subject for him. Moreover, he chose to use a hit pair in the lead and roped in Anushka, who in the combination of Gopichand gave a hit like ‘Lakshyam’ earlier.
Vijay (Gopichand) reaches Kolkata and joins as a student in a college in sports quota. When Swetha (Anushka) tries to rag him Vijay thwarts those attempts. Later, he joins their house as a tenant. Divya (Poonam Kaur) is the best friend of Swetha and Vijay saves Divya, when her paternal uncle (Chinnanna) tries to grab her house. Once some goons kidnap Divya and again Vijay saves her. Then Vijay reveals the flashback to Swetha and her father (Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam) and mother (Sudha). Divya is none other than Vijay’s estranged sister. Both Vijay and Divya were the children of a goon who was killed in an encounter. Vijay disowns Divya, when she was being taken to an orphanage with a hope that she would get good food there. Later, a childless couple adopts Divya and takes her away from the orphanage. Vijay was brought up by a police officer (Saratbabu) and turns an assistant commissioner of police. When the police officer forcibly commits suicide by one Sivaram Goud (Manoj K Jayan), Vijay decides to teach a lesson to him and this develops enmity between Vijay and Sivaram Goud. Being an orphan, Vijay doesn’t know what is fear and turns an encounter specialist. He makes Sivaram Goud to distribute all his assets which he grabbed from gullible people. Not only that he gets him booked in a narcotics case. At this juncture, Vijay finds that Divya was in Kolkata and goes in search of her. The goons and the son of Sivaram also go to Kolkata and when Sivaram’s son (Ajay) abducts Divya, Vijay mercilessly kills all the goons including Sivaram’s son. What Sivaram Goud did to take revenge of his son? Did Divya accepts Vijay as her brother? Answers to all these questions form part of the climax.
Being action is his forte, Gopichand excelled himself in the action scenes. He showed an excellent ease in the action scenes and gave powerful performance all through the film. Not only in action scenes, but also in dances, he showed very good flexibility. He appeared slim in some scenes to the surprise of the audiences.
Anushka filled the glamour slot well. The director succeeded in cashing in on her glamour and being a cinematographer by himself, Siva exposed a lot of film on the waist and bellybutton of the heroine. Poonam Kaur, who played heroine in films like ‘Mayajalam’ and ‘Oka Vichitram’, made an appearance in the hero sister’s role.
Though the story revolves around her, her presence is not so lengthy on the screen. But she is okay in the role. Ali tried to evoke comedy with balloons but failed to tickle the funny bones of audiences. Manoj K Jayan’s villainy is routine but has some freshness. Other artistes including Ajay, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Raghubabu, Krishna Bhagawan, Sudha and others did justice to their respective roles.
The production values of Bhavya Creations are glaring on the screen with blast of lorries, sumos etc. The action scenes in the movie would definitely attract the mass audiences. The director succeeded in projecting the hero on the same lines in which the audiences in general and fans of Gopichand in particular expect. Vetri could capture the glamour of the heroine with his lens and the picturisation of action scenes and songs is good. Manisharma disappointed the audiences as only a couple of songs are foot tapping and catchy. Editing by Marthand K Venkatesh should be little more crispy, and he should have trimmed the lengthy scene of hero teasing the villain.
Though the present trend in Tollywood is on love theme, the director made an adventure by bringing out an action flick by mixing sentiment and love in it. The placement of songs is improper. Though the first half of the film is quite gripping, the director lost the grip after the interval bang. Picturisation of climax is also poor and pale. Given the characterisation of the villain and the daring and dashing nature of the hero, the audience expects some high voltage drama in the end but the director abruptly ended the film with a small action scene. A must watch only for action lovers and for those who could enjoy the glamour of the heroine.
2.75 out of 5
Review by Aparichithudu