'Sapta Sagaralu Dhaati - Side A', which is the dubbed version of 'Sapta Saagaradaache Ello – Side A' (Kannada), hit the screens today. Here is our review of the acclaimed Sandalwood hit:
Manu, a cabbie by profession, and Priya (a wannabe singer) are deeply in love with each other. Their common dream of owning a medium-tier home turns into a nightmare when Manu takes a disastrous decision out of greed. The consequences are going to be life-altering. What happens to Priya's future when Manu is jailed? The answer is answered only partially in the film. The unfinished story will be told in Side B, to be released in theatres on October 27.
In the case of 'Andala Rakshasi', the performances of only two people mattered: Lavanya Tripathi and Naveen Chandra. This film is of that kind. Only two performers matter: Rakshit Shetty and Rukmini Vasanth, who deliver their career's most evocative performances. They bring out the impassioned characters with conviction. Right from pure desire to longing, they show everything with a poetic flourish.
The lead performances hold the audience in a spell. The dialogues they mouth wouldn't have been as weighty had it not been for their performances.
Charan Raj's music makes the film feel like a straight outing, not a dubbed one. Advaitha Gurumurthy's cinematography is uncomplicated. Just because it is a poetic love story, he doesn't opt for complex shots. The very title ('Somewhere Beyond the Seven Seas') conjures up themes like eternity. The rich texture of the film, the effective use of the sounds, the intriguing deployment of the silences do full justice to the title.
Heart-rending nature of the screenplay.
The finale, which makes us wait for Side B.
The no-frills characterizations.
The prison scenes could have been better.
Some scenes are inadequate in subjecting the audience to an emotionally shattering experience.
'Sapta Sagaralu Dhaati - Side A' is a touching love story with a tragic tone throughout. Watch it for its high-end treatment.