This movie chronicles the life of a South Indian ruler of the Satavahana Empire in South India in the 2nd century CE.This movie chronicles the life of a South Indian ruler of the Satavahana Empire in South India in the 2nd century CE.This movie chronicles the life of a South Indian ruler of the Satavahana Empire in South India in the 2nd century CE.
Spectacular preview reports,celebrity applause and initial reviews from benefit shows increased my expectations on the movie which was kept in-tact by Krish who succeeded in creating space for trademark goose-bump sequences from NBK without compromising the historical accuracy of the movie.The most striking thing to be noted here is that Krish and his team could complete the production of this epic historical drama on such big canvas in a mean span of just 79 days! Take a bow Krish __/\__ The movie started of well with a stunning intro of NBK followed by a war sequence on sea that lasted around 15 minutes.Various characters in the story-line were introduced in a short span of time and Krish could create a connect with the Telugu audience instantaneously,thanks to memorable dialogues penned by Madhav Burra that celebrates the oneness and the unity of Telugu people.
Notably,the emotional part too was given due care alongside portrayal of wars,a reason why GPSK could strike a chord with the normal front-benchers and fans of Balayya.The second and final war sequences added with interval punch were shot exceptionally well and the best fraction of the movie that's well-trimmed by Suraj Jagtap and Rama Krishna Arram at around 135 minutes.
Yet another towering performance by Balayya stamped his authority in portraying historical figures with required grandeur on silver screen.The 56-old veteran actor was at his best shooting fiery one-liners,something that he's well-known for among his die-hard fans.Age doesn't seem to have brought any low in the dedication of NBK who manged to portray the war sequence with required zeal as demanded by the screenplay.Shriya Saran as the better half of Satakarni gave a notable performance which will be counted among her best performance s in recent years.Hema Malini too did her part well as Gautami Balashri.Kannada superstar Hattrick Hero Shivaraj Kumar appeared during a stage play sequence and won the hearts with his touching performance.
On the negative side,the CGI part during the initial war sequence was bit on the lower side,but luckily made up in the course of the narration.Also,the second half could have been polished better to increase the pace of the movie.
Cinematography by Gnanasekhar was top-notch and he succeeded in capturing the details exceptionally well ,boosting the impact of war sequences in particular.Music by Bollywood composer Chirantan Bhatt who earlier collaborated with Krish for Gabbar Is Back and Kaanchi was good with the pick among the songs being the duet 'Mruga Nayanaa' sung by legend SPB and Shreya Ghoshal.The Background Score was even better and perfect for a movie of such genre.
Overall,Gautamiputra Satakarni is a pretty well-executed war drama that's sure to win the hearts of Telugu audience.
- Jan 13, 2017