2 out of 5 (Okay)
An uncommon affair
Haricharan Pudipeddi Mon, 05 Dec 2011
What starts off as a typical 'Samuthrakani' film, loses track and soul towards the second half and ends up as an uncommon affair. The film, just like 'Shambo Siva Shambo' is the story of good hearted, innocent persons, whose life is dictated by ruthless characters. As the title suggests, the lead characters in the process of saving themselves emerge out as brave-hearted fighters. The subtlety delivered in the film is simple; one has to struggle in the mad world to remain unconquered.
The story revolves around two best friends; Kumar and Naresh, who land up in Hyderabad in an effort to earn a livelihood. Ambitious lads, Kumar and Naresh are in dire need of a job to start off their lives afresh, leaving behind some bitter memories from which they've run away. Fortunately, they managed to get a job in a petrol bunk, and simultaneously they also take up a door-to-door delivery job. Swathi, a small time artiste falls head over heels for Kumar, while Naresh falls for Nivetha, one of the co-workers in the petrol bunk. Just when all seems to be perfectly fine, as though from a fairy tale story, trouble seems to march in the form of old rivals from the past, who come back to hound them out. What unfolds is the cold flashback of Kumar and Naresh; who is following them and why do they want them dead.
The surprise in the second half that reveals the past of Kumar and Naresh came as a complete shocker. Also, the violence driven flashback certainly irks one and all, as there was too much of it to digest. The past of the protagonists doesn't connect strongly with the story and becomes little hard to accept or believe. The stretched second half and long flashback only makes the film loses it pace towards the second half, making the viewing experience tiresome.
Performance wise, both Kumar and Naresh did a stupendous job. However, due to an uninspiring script, I feel their potential was completely wasted. Swathi was cute in her role, but her presence in a thriller/action environment makes her look unreal, as though she was literally drawn into it.
'Sangharshana' poignantly narrates the violence-ridden story of two individuals who are cursed by fate. However, the film fails to keep the audience hooked. Overall, the film could've been a must watch, had only the director made it light-hearted instead of painting too much of violence.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
2 out of 5 (Okay)