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Alluarjun 'S/O Satyamurthy' Movie Review

Movie: S/O Satyamurthy
Rating: 2.75/5
Banner: Haarika & Hassine Creations
Cast: Allu Arjun, Upendra, Prakash Raj, Rajendra Prasad, Samantha, Sneha, Adah Sharma, Nithya Menen and Others
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Prasad Murella
Editor: Prawin Pudi
Producer: S. Radha Krishna
Story and Direction: Trivikram Srinivas
Release Date: Apr 9th, 2015

Viraj Anand (Allu Arjun) takes the responsibility of his family after his father Satyamurthy (Prakash Raj) dies in an accident. Anand gives importance to the values followed by his father and as a result he loses all his property to clear the debts. He goes as a wedding planner for the marriage of his ex-fiance (Adah Sharma) and meets Sameera (Samantha) in that marriage. Sameera's father (Rajendra Prasad) puts a condition to Viraj Anand to get the documents of his land that is under litigation from a deadly goon called Devaraj (Upendra). How Viraj does that within one month forms the rest of the story.

Artistes’ Performances:
Allu Arjun is a delight. He is as good as ever. Well, all along it has been said that he is trying for an image make-over with SOS. And given the story, you are bound to expect some heavy-duty dialogues and equally heavy-duty action. But Bunny stays off the temptation and sticks to doing what he is best at. He dances, romances, fights and has perfect coming timing. Of course, the mischievous Bunny has surely sobered down, but he still keeps you entertained just like his uncle megastar Chiranjeevi.

Samantha looks pretty as Sameera and dresses really well. Her wardrobe is trendy and the cuts used will catch up this season. She also looks curvy and has worked on her glam quotient. She also stopped pouting and it really works for her.
Nithya Menon gets short-changed, though she gets a good entry. Her role is not well-rounded and whoever did her wardrobe must really take their tips from Samantha’s stylist. Since it is her first big film, Nithya must have taken care of her look. But she is good as ever.

Upendra gets an awesome entry, given that he is a top star in Kannada himself. That said, his character fizzles out as the film progresses. To highlight Viraj Anand, his Devraj Naidu gets sidelined. Otherwise, he is good.
It could be sentiment or coincidence, but Rajendra Prasad gets an important role just like in Julayi. In fact, though the principal character is Satyamurthy, Paidi Subba Rao is an equally important character in the film. So he gets to eat the cake vis-à-vis other character actors.

In turn, Rao Ramesh too gets a half-baked role. Though he is as good as ever, his characterization does not give him much scope.
Sneha makes a comeback as Devraj’s wife after her wedding and she is a perfect pick for the character she plays.
Adah Sharma leaves you wondering about a few things while Vennela Kishore gets a teeny-weeny role. On the other hand, Ali and Brahmanandam get meatier roles. In fact, Ali gets a full-length role after a very long time.

Trivikram has come up with some of the best lines in this film. He excelled as a director in getting the emotions right. But he faltered in making this an interesting watch. There are shades of brilliance in few scenes. That isn't enough to rank this among his best works.

Devi Sri Prasad's music is good. There are some catchy songs that will instantly connect with the audience. Even the BGM is also good at times. Editing could have been better. There are many loose ends in the film. Cinematography is decent. Prasad Murella's work is laudable. The film is made on a high budget. Production values are too good.

Allu Arjun
Emotional Quotient

slow Pace
Weak climax
Characterisation of villains
Lengthy second half

S/O Satyamurthy has its moments here and there but falls short of expectations on a whole. Flat narration and clumsy screenplay doesn't let the film to grow upon you. Despite having a good script on hands, Trivikram fails to make it into an appealing film. Father and son relation and the son going to any end to carry forward the values followed by his father has lot of emotional depth in it. 

However people expect an entertaining treat from Trivikram as well as Allu Arjun who are known for highly entertaining movies. Trivikram's strength lies in mixing up the emotions with right blend of entertainment. Unfortunately he didn't get it right in S/O Satyamurthy that leaves some sort of blankness in the viewers throughout the movie. There are so many characters and good enough conflict to make this into a commercial entertainer, but Trivikram's half-baked script leaves this film far below expectations.     
First half runs on a dull note and things get better in the second half with the entry of Upendra. The film keeps on exciting and raise expectations with the entry of every new character and continues to disappoint after a point. Even the climax portions looks jaded and weak compared to the other works of Trivikram. With below average content, S/O Satyamurthy will have to rely upon external factors to sail through to a safe zone. Holiday season and no big releases until three weeks gives enough space for the movie to do decent business at the box office. End result of the movie will depend upon how the families embraces it.

Verdict: S/O Satyamurthy falls short of Expectations

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