A courtroom drama with a generous dose of masala

Vakeel Saab Story: Three ladies discover themselves accused of try and homicide after escaping molestation. Their solely hope is an alcoholic lawyer who agrees to take up the case.

Vakeel Saab Assessment: Venu Sriram’s Vakeel Saab is an official remake of the Bollywood hit Pink, a movie that managed to interrupt limitations and generate conversations, particularly round consent. Whereas the movie has been tweaked with a beneficiant dose of masala to not simply go well with Pawan Kalyan’s star picture but additionally his budding political profession, Venu manages to get the stability proper for essentially the most half.

Pallavi (Nivetha Thomas), Zareen (Anjali) and Divya (Ananya Nagalla) are roommates who work laborious to make a dwelling for his or her center class households. Their completely happy, easy and carefree life quickly turns the other way up as a consequence of an unlucky encounter one evening. Dealing with prices of solicitation and try and homicide, the women discover themselves painted right into a nook by an influential man and his pals.

Vakeel Saab aka Konidela Satyadev (Pawan Kalyan) is an alcoholic lawyer who hasn’t returned to court docket because the day he was suspended a number of years in the past. He drinks to masks the ache of a previous he can’t appropriate and canopy up guilt he can’t let go of. However when he appears to be the one hope for these ladies to show their innocence, he will get his act collectively and fights for them.

In the direction of the fag finish of the movie, Satyadev beats up a number of goons and says, “Court docket lo vadinchadam telusu, coat teesi kottadamu telusu.” (I understand how to combat each in court docket and off it.) This dialogue exhibits simply how totally different his character is from that of Deepak Sehgal, Amitabh Bachchan’s character from the unique. The place Deepak takes the route of lesser stated the higher and subtlety, with a contact of sarcasm, Satyadev believes in going all out – be it together with his sarcasm or his fists. Venu Sriram does job of establishing his character and whereas his back-story in first half ft. Shruti Haasan as his spouse may appear inconsequential at first and is a check to the endurance, the movie circles again to how Satyadev can’t change who he’s on the finish of the day, be it at a protest or in court docket. Pawan Kalyan too appears comfy within the pores and skin of his character.

Nivetha carries the load of the movie after him and few scenes that includes her are usually not simply heart-wrenching, but additionally painful to observe. However then once more, the predicament she finds herself in is a tough actuality for a lot of girls on this nation. Anjali comes a detailed second along with her character Zareen, who all the time appears to offer off a peaceful exterior however simmers proper beneath the floor. Ananya’s character Divya doesn’t have too many traces, however she manages to make her presence felt in what she’s given. So does Shruti Haasan, even when her character doesn’t get sufficient time or area for us to sympathise along with her. Prakash Raj performs Nanda ji whom Satyadev faces in court docket, he pulls it off with ease.

Venu Sriram sticks to the plot of Pink for essentially the most half however tweaks the screenplay given how otherwise Pawan Kalyan’s character has been fleshed out. Two combat scenes particularly, whereas fashionable, appear positioned for the heck of it and don’t gel effectively with the stream of the movie. Thaman’s songs too handle to get the job executed, but it surely’s the BGM the place he actually shines and offers it his all. Now the query stays if Vakeel Saab manages to make you as uncomfortable as Pink did because of the nature of the crime, particularly within the court docket scenes. It doesn’t, as a result of Satyadev’s dialogues in these scenes are positioned to elicit whistles whereas additionally getting the purpose throughout and that dilutes the problem at hand. And regardless of all that neck rubbing and desk flipping, Satyadev does get his second in court docket to make it clear that “no means no”. On the finish of the day, that’s all that issues.

Watch this one for the performances, particularly for those who’re a fan of Pawan Kalyan, Nivetha Thomas and Anjali. Additionally watch it for those who’re a fan of masala potboilers backed by a powerful message. However for those who’re a fan of Pink, maintain your expectations in examine, seeing as how the movie just isn’t even named after the ladies or the trigger it fights for.

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