Major Movie Review Rating 2.75/5
Cast: Adivi Sesh, Saiee Manjrekar, Prakash Raj, Murali Sharma, Revathi, Shobita Dhulipala
Music by Sricharan Pakala
Cinematography by Vamsi Patchipulusu
Edited by Vinay Kumar Sigirineedi, Kodati Pawan Kalyan
Written by Adivi Sesh, Abburi Ravi
Directed by Sashi Kiran Tikka
Produced by Mahesh Babu, Anurag Reddy, Sarath Chandra
Major is the latest biopic film on a Soldier from Indian Cinema. But this man, Major “Parama Veera Chakra” Sandeep Unnikrishnan made top sacrifice to save his team of NSG Commandos from firing at Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai 26/11 attacks. This film is made as a tribute to him and his sacrifice.
Major Movie Review
Sandeep (Adivi Sesh) likes to talk to criminals if he make out “humanity” in their eyes from the young age. His family fears about his behaviour but he has been a “friendly” man who decides to take on the problem head on without carrying for himself if someone is under attack. He is fearful and wonders before taking a risk, but once he is at it, he has his own way to navigate. Film portrays love story of Sandeep and Isha (Saiee Manjrekar) and it could be complete fiction. We are asked to watch the film through the eyes of Sandeep’s Parents (Prakash Raj and Revathi).
Performances wise Prakash Raj, Revathi, Murali Sharma score the most. Mainly, to see the brilliance of a trustworthy actress in a scene with enough salt, look at no dialogue shots for Revathi in the last 15 minutes. She just stands out. Prakash Raj did his best to elevate but dialogues did not work out as much as we expect. Still, he just carried them off well. Murali Sharma is on par with great performers.
The underwhelming part is Shobitha Dhulipala being used more as an after thought than in a meaty role. She did well but her part needed better writing. Saiee Manjrekar scores in teenage parts but she couldn’t pull off the matured parts. Her reactions just did not fit and gel to the emotion.
Adivi Sesh is a mixed bag as Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan. He is good in some scenes, postures in some scenes, stares like rock in some scenes and pulls off stunts really well. He seems to have matured as a performer from his earlier days but his decision to stay away from his earlier traits is applaudable but at the same time, in key scenes, he couldn’t match to the brilliance of seniors. It is a bit of uneven performance. All the terrorists have been designed to look like caricatures and they did that.
Writing wise Adivi Sesh and Sashi Kiran Tikka tried to bring back Goodachari kind of screenplay in this film as well. But that did not let the emotional core to sustain in the second hour. First hour had its moments and it looked fresh to an extent but second hour just dropped the barrell. At wrong times, you’re asked to take a cut away from the action to watch a flashback unrelated to the action. This takes us out of the moment and such moments happened more in second hour. It is in last 20 minutes that we get the real sacrifice and emotional core part. They have been executed well. Without spoiling much we can categorise this film as a well-intentioned but slightly amateurish film.
Prakash Raj, Revathi scenes
Romance track in first hour
Underwhelming writing in second hour
Dragged flashback bits
Uneven performances from leads in second hour
Bottomline: Watchable but overtly stretched out!
Major Movie Review Rating 2.75/5