Sarkaru Vaari Paata movie review: The most annoying thing for me as a movie buff is when a talented storyteller gets to work with a huge superstar and then has to compromise his skills for moments of fan service. The latest film from director Parasuraman Gita Govindam was an enjoyable affair, albeit with some problematic tropes, but still a fairly engaging watch. I wish I could say the same of his latest, Sarkaru Vaari Paata (Government Auctioned Rate), where he works with Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu. Sarkaru Vaari Paata is a movie that’s measured, cut and sewn for Mahesh Babu fans, but a tiresome watch for the rest. Sarkaru Vaari Paata Box Office: Can Mahesh Babu’s film repeat Allu Arjun’s pan-Indian success of Pushpa?
As a child, Mahi watches his parents commit suicide after failing to pay debts to the bank. Pushing aside this trauma, he grows up to be a pawnbroker in Miami, USA. No questions asked about how he handled that growth, which could have been a much more compelling story than what we’re getting here.
Mahi insists on everyone repaying deposits on time, and he knows how to get them back sometimes in the midst of gang warfare. To him comes Kalaavathi (Keerthy Suresh), a brat addicted to gambling who is heavily in debt. She tricks Mahi into falling in love with her and asks him to lend her money, and once her coin is exposed, refuses to pay him back and even threatens him using her father’s influence. To get his money back, Mahi travels to Vizag to meet his father, Rajendranath (Samuthirakani), a powerful MP and industrialist.
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The first half of Sarkaru Vaari Paata is colorful and somewhat airy and light, with concerted efforts to make Mahesh Babu look dashing (as if he needed to) and Keerthy glamorous. As the setup of their “love story” goes through gathering and trouble (the hero stalks the heroine trope), there were some lighthearted moments that were enjoyable. S Thaman’s”Kalavathi“The song is a highlight here. I also thought that through Kalaavathi’s fake outfit to trap Mahi, the movie was trying to poke fun at the mainstream hero’s obsession with only wanting to have sex. with a girl who has a desi outlook Alas, how wrong I was!
It’s around the interval, where Sarkaru Vaari Paata actually decides to bring back its actual plot. As Mahi clashes with Rajendranath, he also attempts to expose the failings of India’s banking system, where rich men get away with it even if they don’t repay thousands of crores, while the poor and middle class must bear the brunt of debt collectors, and rising EMIs. Subject worth exploring indeed, but the writing is so weak and flawed in these sequences that you can’t help but gape in disbelief at what unfolds before you. That is, if you’re not bored with the archaic treatment of making the hero larger than life, you decide to spend that time checking your phone. Sarkaru Vaari Paata’s Title Song Is A Powerful Number In Mahesh Babu’s Upcoming Telugu Film (Watch Video).
Listen, I know you must be watching these movies in great disbelief. I grew up watching such films in three languages. I’m not saying I was rolling my eyes when Mahi smashes two motorboats with his bare hands (although I did). I’m not saying how the fight sequences lose their meaning when you show your protagonist as this super-powered being, who is seemingly indestructible, that he takes the stakes out of these fights. I’m not saying how the hero, while pursuing Rajendranath, conveniently encounters all the characters crucial to the villain or in the hero’s past.
I’m not talking about the villain’s immaculate patience in allowing the hero to finish his monologues, even though he could have stopped him at any time. Why, when Mahi claims that Rajendranath owes him 10000 crore rupees in a press, Rajendranath could have easily exposed it on the spot. One can’t help but admire the villain’s magnanimity in respecting what was a very non-existent challenge, and then allowing the hero to easily eclipse him in their various confrontations. And he’s a man with so much influence that he once sent cops from Miami to confront Mahi.
But when you tackle something as worrying as banking measures and debtor suicides, I want Sarkaru Vaari Paata Also reportedly serious about how Mahi tries to deal with these issues. Instead, the film uses these issues to glorify the main character instead, as everyone listens to this random stranger, or gets bullied into listening, and then starts a revolution as dumb as they can get. Only if it was that easy, man. Only if it was that easy…
Oh, and like the movie, I almost forgot Keerthy Suresh is there too. Why, I have no idea. I understand the National Award-winning actress wants to take a break from her serious roles – she was outstanding last week Saani Kayidham – and enjoy her glam side here. But turning glamorous doesn’t mean your character shouldn’t have meat in the role. It was annoying how her character is tamed into submission in the second half of the film by the hero acting like a total ass towards her in revenge, even though it was entirely her fault that he was gullible and quite desperate to fall in love with her in the first place. Although Sarkaru Vaari Paata doesn’t title it strongly, it once again maintains that good Indian girls don’t drink or gamble but wear desi clothes and have jasmine flowers on their hair. Yo or hell no? Keerthy Suresh in a Falguni & Shane Peacock Saree for ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’ Pre-Release Event.
The only scene of Sarkaru Vaari Paata which really touched me happened towards the end. It was a sequence between Mahi and Nadhiya Moidu’s character with a surprising little twist, and a subtle conversation that works. I wish the rest of the movie had more scenes like this.
PS: What is in some of the film’s dialogues? Apart from the now infamous “1000 Viagras” line, there is also another gem after hitting goons, Mahi asks Rajendranath what happens when you send a small fish out with a whale. Huh, what does this ungodly cross-species sexual lineage mean?
– Mahesh Babu in great shape
– Color sequences in the first half
– Song Imaging
– Too long and exaggerated treatment of the second half
– The character of Keerthy Suresh
– The trivialization of a serious subject
As with all mass A-lister films, I expect Sarkaru Vaari Paata well with Mahesh Babu fans (but not so much with Keerthy Suresh). Even when I was bored, I could hear a few of his diehard fans whistling at his fights and his dance moves in the song.”Ma… Ma… Mahesh“. If hero worship is your kind of entertainment, Sarkaru Vaari Paata has that in abundance, including the aforementioned song. Otherwise, it’s a cumbersome watch that defies logic, subtleties, content and patience.
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