'Shyam Singha Roy' Movie Review
Cast: Nani, Sai Pallavi, Krithi Shetty, Madonna Sebastian, Rahul Ravindran, Abhinav Gomtam and others
Music: Mickey J Meyer
Cinematography: Sanu John Varghese
Editor: Naveen Nooli
Producers: Venkat Boyanapalli
Writer - Director: Rahul Sankrityan
After delivering two disappointing films like 'Tuck Jagadish' and 'V', Natural star Nani is all set to take us on an interesting ride with 'Shyam Singha Roy'. Directed by Rahul Sankrityan, this film has talented actresses Sai Pallavi, Krithi Shetty and Madonna Sebastian as the female leads. The trailer and songs raised a lot of expectations about this film based on the concept of reincarnation. Without any delay, lets us get right into the complete review.
The film kicks off with Vasu (Nani) who leaves his job in order to become a director. He makes short films to showcase his talent. Keerthy (Krithi Shetty) is roped in as the heroine for his film and romance blooms between them in no time. Vasu completes his debut film and gets a lot of recognition. But he lands in legal trouble as a Bengal based company files a lawsuit on Vasu claiming that his movie's story is taken out directly from the book of a famous poet in West Bengal named Shyam Singha Roy (Nani). Vasu often finds himself blacked out which is linked to this case. Who is Shyam Singha Roy? What is his connection to Vasu? Will Vasu get out of the legal trouble? Where is Rosie and how is she linked to the story? All of these questions will be answered on the big screen.
Ever since the release of posters, the audience were highly impressed with Nani's new look as 'Shyam Singha Roy'. The makers showcased more of Shyam Singha Roy's portions in the promotional content like teasers and trailer which increased the expectations of movie lovers. Nani too talked highly about the Kolkata backdrop and his character. Though people knew that Nani will be playing two different roles, everyone's focus was on Shyam Singha Roy. But we get to see Shyam Singha Roy only during the interval episode which means we have to get invested in Vasu's story till then. Sadly, it is the storyline featuring Nani as Vasu which is quite dull and offers nothing new. The short film troubles and his love story with Krithi Shetty look quite ordinary. It may be due to the anticipation for Shyam Singha Roy character but the entire first half with a normal romantic story neither engages nor entertains the audience.
The movie picks up pace and things get more interesting with the arrival of Shyam Singha Roy's character. The scenes featuring him and Sai Pallavi are picturised very well. With two brilliant actors at his disposal, director Rahul Sankrityan made the best use of them which resulted in gripping flashback episodes. Once again Sai Pallavi delivers a stellar performance and her dance sequences are a delight to watch. The drama during the second half is built up nicely and the emotion during the action episodes comes out brilliantly.
With good backing from the technical department, the flashback episodes take the film to next level. Also, director Rahul Sankrityan delivers the message he intends to without beating around the bush which needs to be appreciated. He shows his boldness in not taking the commercial route and sticking to the script. Had he taken more care about the slow-paced narration and a passable first half, 'Shyam Singha Roy' could have worked wonders.
'Shyam Singha Roy' is definitely a class film that has a gripping second half but you need to watch an okay first half before. The performances of the lead cast and the staggering work of the technicians make it a perfect watch in the theatres.
Nani gives a solid performance as Shyam Singha Roy. He owned the character and did exceptionally well. Though he doesn't have much to do as Vasu, the flashback portions put Nani's capabilities are put to test and he passed with flying colors. The new look suited him and Nani managed to pull it off with grace. He showed some variation in dialogue delivery and body language too. He is at his best during fight scenes and emotional parts. Sai Pallavi is brilliant in her role. Her look as a devadasi is quite good and she did a very good job. Her chemistry with Nani worked out well and her fans are in for a real treat as she moves like magic in the songs.
Krithi Shetty looks gorgeous onscreen. Her modern avatar is very attractive and she lights up the screen effortlessly. Though she doesn't have a lot of scope to perform, she did well in her limited screen time. Romantic scenes between her and Nani came out well and appeals to the youth. Madonna Sebastian is apt for her role as a lawyer. She played her supporting role with a lot of maturity. Rahul Ravindran gets an important role and does complete justice. Abhinav Gomatam tries to generate some laughs in the first half. The rest of the actors are adequate for their characters.
'Shyam Singha Roy' has top notch technical quality. Cinematographer Sanu John Varghese is wonderful. He showcased the difference between two timelines perfectly. The visuals are a delight to watch and his brilliance can be seen during the West Bengal episodes. Artwork needs to be appreciated highly as people are sure to get awestruck by the amount hardwork that went into bringing the required authenticity. The sets look amazing and elevated the movie a lot. Mickey J Meyer's music suits the movie in a perfect manner. The songs look very good on the screen but it is his background score that creates a huge impact.
He lifts the mood of the film viewers during many scenes. Costumes by Neeraja Kona deserves a special mention. They are natural and suited the actors perfectly. Her styling for Sai Pallavi is pure bliss. The production values from Venkat Boyanapalli are great as each penny is visible on the big screen. Editing is decent but there is a lot of lag in the film. Some sequences in the first half could've been trimmed.
Director Rahul Sankrityan took up a complicated story for his second film. He put more effort into the Shyam Singha Roy character compared to Vasu's and it is very visible. His work looks ordinary in the first half but his ability is at full display in the second half. His clarity is visible as the logics are maintained clearly and the ideology is injected in a smooth way despite the hard-hitting dialogues at times.
He elevates the character so well but he takes a lot of time in the first half to establish the basic plotline which tests the patience of the audience. On the whole, 'Shyam Singha Roy' can be watched in theatres just to witness the brilliance of Nani and Sai Pallavi. There are some interesting scenes that keep you hooked but there are a few moments where the slow narration disrupts the flow. The young director has shown that he has a lot of fire and ability in him.
Verdict: 'Shyam' Shines But Vasu falters.
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