Movie Review: Soukyam
Cast: Gopichand, Regina, Pradeep Rawat, Mukesh Rushi, Pruthvi, Posani Krishna Murali, Brahmanandam, Saptagiri, Jayaprakash Reddy, Raghu Babu, Sathya Krishna, Shivaji Raja, Surekha Vaani, Krishna Bhagwan and Others.
Cinematography: Prasad Murella
Music: Anup Rubens
Story/Dialogues: Sreedhar Sipana
Screenplay: Kona Venkat/Gopi Mohan
Producer: Anand Prasad
Direction: AS Ravikumar Chowdary
Release Date: 24th December, 2015.
2004 release 'Yagnam' was the first break for Gopichand and AS Ravikumar Chowdary. The duo teamed up again after a long gap at the time when Gopi was in good form with 'Loukyam' & 'Jil', and Chowdary tasted success with 'Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham'. Did they deliver yet another success to claim themselves to be a successful combo?
Seenu (Gopichand) meets Sailaja (Regina Cassandra) during a train journey and its like love at first sight for him. Though she rejects him initially, Sailaja falls in love after a point and that's when she gets kidnapped by a Gang. At this juncture, Seenu leaves for Kolkata to fulfill the promise given to a Gangster Bapuji (Pradeep Rawat). Finally, He comes to know that the Girl for whom he has come to Kolkata is none other than his lover Sailaja who is the Daughter of Don PR's (Dhevan). Rest of the story is about how he uses all his tricks to end his love story on a happy note.
Gopichand acted confidently and took more care when it comes to dances and fights. But, His hardwork goes in vain due to poor characterization.
Audience question 'Why did Regina sign the film when she was cast in an insignificant role?'. She should be more cautious while choosing subjects and take up only challenging or those with scope for performance.
Mollywood Villain Dhevan's entry was grand but the graph wasn't maintained till the end. All the villains appear just as jokers towards the climax.
Pruthvi evokes laughter in few scenes. Brahmanandam made desperate attempts to tickle the funny bone and he bring a bit of comedy relief. Saptagiri was wasted completely. Posani entertains but his role was limited to just few minutes. There is nothing special about rest of Cast.
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A couple of songs composed by Anup Rubens were fine. However, The Background Score provided by him is below par. Camera Work by Prasad Murella in flawless. Story & Dialogues of Sreedhar Sipana were routine. Even Kona-Gopi Mohan failed to create any impact. Bhavya Creations maintained good Production Values. AS Ravikumar Chowdary who is comfortable with mass subjects handled a comedy entertainer this time. Half-way through the film, Audience get a feeling films in this genre aren't his cup of tea.
Once in a while, Audience embrace movies with routine content as long as they are entertaining. For example, 'Loukyam'! There is other category hereâ€¦Films that were rejected by Movie Buffs for stale comedy, predictable to the core screenplay & loads of unconvincing scenes. 'Soukyam' falls in this category!!
'Soukyam' gives a feeling to the viewers that it just a poor by-product of 'Loukyam'. No matter how routine the plot might be, Films with taut screenplay have ended as money spinners on a lot of occasions. One don't find any such surprise/thrilling elements in 'Soukyam' and its a wake up call for so-called successful writers Kona Venkat & Gopi Mohan.
Only the first 20 Minutes of 'Soukyam' is engaging and the rest ends on a predictable note. Initially, Jayaprakash Reddy and Posani entertain with their dialogue delivery and timing. Audience feel a bit of discomfort soon after the love story of lead pair began and their patience was tested by dragging it till the Interval block. Sadly, The Second Half is terrible and utterly boring till the very end.
Family Emotions in 'Soukyam' failed to hit the right chord with the audience. Even the father-son emotional scenes weren't up to the mark. Huge Casting and the blend of comedy/action/emotions/glamour didn't make 'Soukyam' at least a so-so entertainer. The end result will be a big lesson for Tollywood Heroes, Directors, & Producers!!
Bottom Line: Better Watch Loukyam again!!