Friday, June 21, 2024

Savi Movie Review: Anil Kapoor Shines in an Otherwise Half Baked Film

Robinson Bhuyan (Editor in Chief) 

Movies based on jailbreak are something which we see rarely in Indian cinema, and this is why you might feel you want to give Savi a try.  Directed by Abhinay Deo, who is known for movies such as Delhi Belly and Blackmail, the film stars Divya Khosla, Harshvardhan Rane and Anil Kapoor in the lead roles. Inspired by the story of Savitri and Satyavan, the film tells the story of a simple housewife who attempts to break her husband Nakul free from prison, after he is imprisoned for a murder, he didn’t commit.

The performances from the actors might not be that outstanding, but the film is quite engaging in the first half, as Savi tries to figure out various ways to free her husband, which helps you ignore the performances. However, you might be disappointed in the second half, as the film doesn’t give you the kind of ending or climax that you might be expecting.

Divya Khosla’s performance was average, while Harshvardhan Rane was underused, as he doesn’t have much to do anyway. The film’s biggest weak point is its poorly written main characters, and you don’t feel or empathize much for them, despite wanting to.  Anil Kapoor’s performance is probably the best thing about the film- as he plays Savi’s guardian angel who is helping her come up with ways that can help her save Nakul. However, even by the end, it is still not fully justified why his character chose to risk his life and his freedom by helping and saving a woman with whom he has no connection.

With a unique concept, the film had the potential to be a unique and mind-blowing thriller, however the execution somewhat fails, which is why the film doesn’t achieve its potential, leaving viewers unsatisfied at the end. By the end of the film, you might feel like you have watched a cliched and predictable thriller. Even the actual escape scene doesn’t give you the adrenaline rush you might be expecting. The film’s plot holes can also make you ask yourself whether you are watching a 2024 movie, or a movie made in the 80s, as the UK police seems to be quite incompetent in catching two untrained fugitives, despite the amount of technology that is available today.

The film might be worth a one-time watch on OTT if you are feeling too bored, but we can’t really say that it is worth watching in theatres.

Rating: 4 out of 10 stars

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