Savaale Samaali Tamil Movie
Savaale Samaali has uninspiring one-liners, poorly sketched characters and gravely narrated screenplay.
A television channel, owned by Karunaas, is on the verge of bankruptcy. It even struggles to pay its own employees who have been associated with it blindly for a long time despite its incapability to become a successful channel. Two youngsters - played by Karthik (Ashok Selvan) and Jagan, try to revive the sagging TRP of the channel and attempt to make it financially stable. Karthik is also busy hitting on his sister's good-looking friends. The first half is mostly devoted to his snail-paced love track with Bindhu Madhavi, who is not really interested in his romantic advances.
Director Sathyashiva makes a surprising genre-transition from Kazhugu, which was a watchable, grim romantic thriller that showed his film-making potential. Here, the director has painfully failed in churning out a successful comedy drama, largely due to the flavorless comedy infused in the screenplay.
The severe approaches to showcase the perils of reality shows, the preaching speech of Karunaas on the extinction of 'Kuthu' art form, the bland punch-lines delivered by Jagan are the real demerits of this wannabe comedy entertainer, which miserably flunks to strike a chord with audiences.
Ashok Selvan's effort to engage in a comedy film is appreciated. An actor needs different genres to prove his/her versatility. Agreed, but not at the cost of the precious time of film-craving audiences. Bindhu Madhavi is a good talent and is thoroughly wasted here with an abject role.
Sathyashiva also laces a social message on how media thrives on sensationalism in the name of hype-creating in reality shows. Savaale Samaali, certainly, has a potential premise which could be delicately explored and presented like a spoof or a satirical take on reality shows. But the director tries so hard at delivering jokes and misses a golden opportunity to elevate the story-telling.