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Movie Review: 'Vakeel Saab

By:  Tupaki Desk   |   9 April 2021 11:46 AM GMT
Movie Review: Vakeel Saab
Movie Review: 'Vakeel Saab'

Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Nivetha Thomas, Anjali, Ananya Nagalla, Prakash Raj, Shruti Hassan, Vamsi Krishna, Mukesh Rishi and others.

Music: Thaman

Cinematography: PS Vinod

Story: Shoojit Sircar, Ritesh Shaw, Anirudh Roy Chowdhary

Dialogues: Venu Sriram, Tirupati

Producer: Dil Raju-Sirish

Direction: Venu Sriram

Afterrn a debacle like 'Agnyathavaasi', Powerstar Pawan Kalyan took a rnsabbatical from movies and focused on politics. He is now back again rnwith a message-oriented film like 'Vakeel Saab' which is a remake of rnHindi film 'Pink'. Directed by Venu Sriram and producer by Dil Raju, rnthere are a lot of expectations and hype around. Let us see how it rnturned out.


Pallavi rn(Nivetha Thomas), Zareena (Anjali) and Divya (Ananya) are three young rngirls who came from different places to Hyderabad for doing jobs. While rnthey were returning from a party, their car gets broke down and they rnseek the help of some boys who they knew before. Instead of helping, rnthey try to take advantage of them and in this process, Pallavi injures rnVamsi (Vamsi Krishna) who is the son of an MP. Enraged by this, Vamsi rncreates problems for Pallavi and even files an 'attempt to murder' case rnon her. The three girls find themselves in a huge problem and no one rncomes forward to help them. At this time, lawyer Satyadev (Pawan Kalyan)rn who left the practice a long time ago takes up the case and how he winsrn the case and saves the three girls from a critical situation forms the rnrest of the story.


'Pink'rn is a classic film which deals with a very sensitive subject in the mostrn mature way. Tapsee delivered a brilliant performance and Amitabh rnBachchan's subtle yet strong acting made it a film to remember for a rnvery long time. When the Telugu remake of 'Pink' was announced with rnPawan Kalyan as the lead, people were a bit speculative about it as theyrn thought that his heroism may spoil the film's plot. Right from the rntitle to the teaser, everything indicated the same thing and people rnalmost came to a conclusion that 'Vakeel Saab' is surely going to rncommercialize a bold and beautiful film. But 'Vakeel Saab' did no harm rnto 'Pink' and the makers should be commended for that. Keeping the rnfights and elevations included to satisfy Pawan fans aside, the rnhard-hitting point in 'Pink' has been delivered with the same impact in rn'Vakeel Saab' too. But the subtility in 'Pink' is replaced by aggressionrn in 'Vakeel Saab' which suits Pawan's acting style. On the whole, the rnfilm was powerful and successfully delivered a strong message.

Filmsrn based on women's empowerment and their issues are usually presumed to rnbe emotional and heavily dramatic in Tollywood but 'Vakeel Saab' stands rnapart in this aspect. This movie forces you to take a deep look at how rnwe see women in our society and the writers of 'Pink' should be given rnthe entire credit. But Venu Sriram should be appreciated for not rndestroying that essence and making you feel connected with the story. rnMuch like the original, the courtroom drama is the major asset for rn'Vakeel Saab'. The hearings and arguments between Pawan Kalyan and rnPrakash Raj are quite engaging and thought-provoking. Some scenes draw rnapplause not just from fans but the common people too. It is not the rnmass scenes included for Pawan and his fans' sake but it is the rncourtroom scenes that makes your tickets worth.

It is no secret rnthat Pawan Kalyan is not a great actor like Amitabh Bachchan. He cannot rndeliver a subtle and controlled performance like the veteran and this isrn where Venu Sriram was brilliant. Pawan is known for his attitude and rnaggression. These two factors of Pawan were exploited perfectly by the rndirector and this change worked wonders for the film.

But the rnscenes that were included for the sake of fans were the ones that held rn'Vakeel Saab' from becoming a perfect film. They looked a bit artificialrn and forced. The flashback episodes were out of place and the film whichrn took off on a strong note was forced back down due to these scenes. Butrn the film becomes interesting right when Pawan enters the court and the rnengaging content which starts before the interval goes on till the end. rnPawan's star image has also benefitted this film and the star hero too rnused this film to infuse his political ideology into the public arena.


Pawanrn Kalyan who made a comeback after three years manages to impress not rnonly his fans but also the common audience. Though he appeared a bit rnordinary in the first half and the flashback sequences, he recovered rnwell and gave an impactful performance in the second half. People who rnthought that he might fall flat during the courtroom scenes were rncompletely mistaken as he owned the character and did it sincerely with rnconviction. His attitude and aggression in the second half added a lot rnof weight to his performance.

Shruti Hassan did not make an rnimpact and looked out of place in this film. Prakash Raj is one of the rnbest actors in India and he proved it once again. He was the key factor rnin those courtroom scenes and his work elevated Pawan's performance too.rn Nivetha Thomas, Anjali and Ananya were natural and gave an emotional rnperformance. They did complete justice to their characters. Vamsi rnKrishna suited well for the negative role and the rest were fine.


Thern biggest strength of this film is undoubtedly Thaman's music. The rnself-proclaimed fan of Pawan Kalyan did one of his career-best works. rnSongs like 'Maguva', 'Satyameva Jayathe' and 'Kadhulu Kadhulu' had a rnhuge impact onscreen but it is his background score that lifted the rnentire proceedings. Thaman's intense and energetic BGMs have surely rnhelped the film. PS Vinod's cinematography is amazing and despite being arn courtroom drama, he managed to showcase his specialty in 'Vakeel Saab'.rn Production values by Dil Raju were top notch and the art director needsrn a special mention as the court set was very realistic and authentic.

Comingrn to the director Venu Sriram, he passed with flying colors. He rnsuccessfully handled a star hero of Pawan's magnitude and that too with arn sensitive subject like this. Some of the changes he made worked rnbrilliantly but the flashback episodes failed to make an emotional rnimpact. Except for a few hiccups, Venu Sriram did a good job in coming rnwith a touching remake that has a mass hero in the lead.

Final Verdict: Vakeel Saab - Powerful Enough

Rating: 3/5

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