Saindhav Movie Review: A Stylish Yet Flawed Action Thriller

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“Saindhav,” the Telugu action thriller directed by Sailesh Kolanu, promises a visual spectacle with Venkatesh Daggubati in his 75th film. However, its clash at the box office raises intrigue.

New Delhi, January 13, 2024 – In the realm of Telugu cinema, director Sailesh Kolanu attempts to create a visually striking action thriller with “Saindhav,” starring the ever-reliable Venkatesh Daggubati in his 75th film. The film, set to hit theaters on January 13, 2024, boasts an ensemble cast featuring Shraddha Srinath, Baby Sara, Arya, Andrea Jeremiah, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, with music by Santhosh Narayanan. However, despite its promising elements, “Saindhav” faces tough competition at the box office, clashing with other Telugu releases like Guntur Kaaram, Hanu Man, and Naa Saami Ranga.

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The story revolves around Saindhav (Venkatesh), a crane operator at Chandraprastha Port, whose life takes a tragic turn when he discovers that his daughter is suffering from the rare disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). The plot thickens as Saindhav gets entangled in a web of crime involving containers carrying arms, drugs, and fake currency at the port, orchestrated by the menacing Don Vikas Mallik (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). As Saindhav strives to protect his daughter and fulfill his promise to thwart criminal activities harming the youth, the narrative unfolds into an action-packed thriller.

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Performance-wise, Venkatesh delivers a subtle and convincing portrayal of a father grappling with adversity. However, the film’s action sequences, while decent, occasionally defy logic. Shraddha Srinath shines in her supporting role as Mano, providing emotional support to Saindhav, while Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s performance as the villain, Vikas Mallik, is impeccable despite the inconsistencies in the character’s writing. Andrea Jeremiah’s character, Jasmine, lacks weight, and Mukesh Rishi’s portrayal of Mitra falls short of making a significant impact. On a positive note, Baby Sara delivers impactful acting in her role.

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From a technical standpoint, “Saindhav” presents itself well with flawless production design and a grand scale. However, the film falters in its narration, losing its grip on the audience. The background score fails to enhance the viewing experience, and certain dragged portions could benefit from trimming.

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Thumbs Up:

  • Father-Daughter Emotion
  • Stylish Presentation With Action Stunts

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Thumbs Down:

  • Dragged Second-Half
  • Inefficient Villain and Many Characters
  • Clumsy Narration

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Analysis: Director Sailesh Kolanu’s vision for a stylish action thriller falls short in execution. While the film boasts a visually appealing presentation, it lacks the tight and gripping storyline required for a thrilling experience. The inclusion of numerous characters without proper establishment contributes to a cluttered and disjointed narrative. “Saindhav” may have the style, but it ultimately lacks substance.

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