The FBI From Nellore Engages
‘U/A’ Certified, 2 hrs 28 mins
What Is the Film About?
Agent Athreya (Navin Polisetty) starts a detective agency in Nellore named FBI (Fathima Bureau of Investigation) and covers small cases. The silliness and façade continue until Athreya lands in trouble when he seriously pursues a dead found on the rails. How Athreya untangles the mystery is what the film is all about.
How Is Naveen’s Performance?
After playing a few supporting and bit roles, actor Navin Polishetty makes full-fledged solo hero transformation with Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya. Well, the long wait seems to be worth it as he has got a full-fledged role and one that puts him at the front and centre of entire proceedings.
Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya is a game-changing movie for Navin Polishetty as the whole movie runs on him alone. The film clicks if he clicks; otherwise, it fails, and the story and other technical details take a backseat. The actor has to be convincing and has enough charm to carry. He scores on both departments and shows a spark in a few moments that he has more in store. The comedy to a serious change in acting along with the narrative is well done with a couple of scenes in the second half standing out. Here’s hoping he picks more challenging parts in future and shines and delivers unconventionally.
Direction by Puri Swaroop?
Everyone loves reading detective stories and shows high inclination in watching them. But when it comes to actual movies, the success rate is very low, and hardly a few are made in years. The reason is the narrative is hard to pull off even though it might appear more straightforward. If it is done in a lighter vein, the audience doesn’t take the subject seriously because the expectation from such films is to be taken seriously and when done the opposite the same set loses interest as the narrative becomes muddled. It is tricky in that way.
However, off late Telugu filmmakers are breaking the chains of routine and coming up with interesting and exciting narratives. It was only a matter of time someone picked up a detective thriller. Director RSJ Swaroop happens to be the one. In Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya, he gets the narrative mostly right and errs in fewer parts.
As mentioned above, there is so much material available in this terrain that it becomes impossible not to have inspiration. Swaroop cleverly puts all the “inspirations” as part of the proceedings and uses them for fun. It is as if he is showing his vast knowledge in the genre and at the same time keeping the movie ticking.
The first half takes time to get into the core story as a lot of time is devoted the entertainment. The cases are also funny and appear silly. The good thing is a few gags lands correctly and generates entertainment in a refreshing manner than the usual we see in Telugu cinema regularly. On the flip side, it eats away a lot of time.
It is only towards the pre-interval mark that we get into the main story, and from then onwards, Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya feels like a different movie. It takes a serious turn and continues that way until the end.
The second half is all about unravelling the suspense, the mystery that has been built. Here the whole thing hinges on what is getting revealed and if it fits perfectly into the narrative without trying to be over smart and overwhelming or whimpering out and be underwhelming. It is here where the movie scores as the core story and mystery lead to a satisfying culmination. The emotional connect further helps the cause.
It sure does feel overstuffed at times with so much going on as the director tries to heighten the seriousness and gravity of the issue. But, the writing and performance of the lead takes us through it and don’t let it veer into the convoluted territory.
Overall, there is fun and seriousness in Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya in equal measure. Navin Polishetty helps keep the tone intact with his act and the central mystery hooks the audience. If you are in a mood to watch a different entertainer than the usual we get week after week, this is the movie to pick.
Shruti Sharma and Others?
The film has limited characters, but the way they are presented makes one feel if there are a good number of artists. Take the case of the heroine, Shruti Sharma, who is present almost the entire narrative besides the hero, but the impact of such a role and presence is not felt at all. Suhas is another example in a similar vein. It is the same case with other actors as well. They keep recurring but lack the real importance in the narrative.
Music and Other Departments?
The music by Mark K Robin is okay. It is the background score that is important, and he gives a trendy and slick output on that front. The cinematography could have been better, but for a low to medium budget production, it can be given a pass. However, it needs to be said that with better cinematography, the overall feel could have been much better. The editing is patchy. It is tight in parts. The writing is a significant plus and a huge reason for freshness.
Overstuffed In Places
Parts of Silly Comedy Initially
Well, in detective thrillers if you change the central plot that’s a new motive and film entirely, so not much on this here.
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes for the most part
Will You Recommend It?
Review by KK US
Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya is a refreshing thriller made with all sincerity. Naveen Polishetty is superb in the lead and guides us through confidently. A tad lengthy and overstuffed but that doesn’t hinder the overall ability to connect. Mirchi9 frank review coming shortly.
– After lot of twists and turns Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya chases the mysterious agenda behind unidentified dead bodies and the person behind it. The movie comes to an end. Final report shortly.
– Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya second half started. Agent Athreya runs into a deep trouble. He has to solve multiple murder cases to prove his innocence.
First Half Report:
Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya so far is a one man show by Naveen Polishetty. The first half holds the interest but the second half is going to be the key as the real thriller story has just begun.
– Divya’s case is getting complicated for Athreya to crack it. Interval after a twist. Police arrested Agent Athreya.
– Agent accidentally meets an old man who is in grief due to his daughter Divya’s suspicious rape and murder. Agent Athreya decided to take up the case.
– Agent Athreya looks and talks funny but very talented detective at the same time. He is struggling to find cases to investigate in Nellore.
– Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya show started. Athreya (Naveen Polishetty) settles Dow in Nellore as a detective. The show starts with Agent training Sneha on detective tricks. He names his agency ‘FBI’ (Fathima Bureau of Investigation).
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‘Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya‘ is a quite a lengthy title but that turned out to be its strength after the trailer of the movie has got quite a good buzz.
Naveen Polishetty has come to this stage from noble beginnings to making debut into the Telugu Film Industry. With the kind of background he has built for himself, Naveen Polishetty stands a fair chance in the industry.
The director of the movie, Swaroop seems to be coming with a promising with a detective movie like Sherlock Holmes, the genre that is not quite common in Tollywood.
With all the right moves by the makers of the movie who cut an interesting trailer and also made their pre-release event garner public attention; ‘Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya’ has hit the right chords, till now.
It’s time to know if Naveen Polishetty will be the next guy who who enters Tollywood with a successful movie. Stay tuned for ‘Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya’ genuine review from our mirchi9 team.