Souryam Movie Review – a routine mass masala movie banking on 4 fights and 6 songs
The Cast and the Crew
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
Dialogues – M Ratnam
Lyrics – Bhaskarabhatla, Ramajogaiah Sastry, Anant Sriram, Music – Manisharma, Cinematography – Vetri, 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
Cameraman-turned-director Siva making his debut thinks that it is sufficient for a film if it has a hero,
heroine, villain, a comedy track, some stunt scenes plus some song and dance sequences. He should understand that cinema is the art and science of audio-visual story telling, which requires a high level of screenplay writing skills. Souryam is a sad example of an ineffective output churned out by inefficient directorial inputs.
When there is no story as such in Souryam, it is futile to attempt to give a synopsis. Suffice it to say that the hero goes to Kolkata to pursue studies and to get united with his estranged sister. Being the son of a don who was murdered by the rivals, a set of roughnecks are after him. The hero meets the heroine and they sing a couple of duets, though the heroine is nothing to do with the affairs of the hero. He rescues his sister a couple of times. Now, no brownie points for guessing the climax.
Gopichand gives an agile performance which loses its sheen because of insipid narration. Anushka is just a glam-dame and part of the props. Poonam Kaur is adequate. Manoj K Jayan is OK as the wicked character. The rest of the supporting cast just goes through the motions.
It is said that even a bad story can be told interestingly through a good taut screenplay. It is not so with Souryam. It is better for Siva to go back to what he knows something about…camera-work, instead of dabbling with direction about which he knows nothing. Siva is certainly a liability to Sourya.
The dialogues are shoddy and once in a while sounding double entendre. Some words and dialogues have been cut by the censors. Music by Manisarma is good but the songs are at variance with the slip-shod narration. Cinematography by Vetri is clean. Four fight masters compose the fights which indulge in too much unnecessary violence. The comedy track is the only saving grace.
It is obvious that Souryam is deliberately made keeping in view the front-benchers and the motley audience in B & C centers. Even they would very much want a story, not just dances and fights and comedy.
Souryam is worthy of a cool miss.
2.25 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar