Action Packed Tribute
What Is the Film About?
Major is the Biopic of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan who got martyred in 26/11 Terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008. The movie starts with Sandeep’s childhood, his motivation to join the forces, inhibitions of his parents, love life and then, his rise in the NSG as a Training officer and how he got martyred in the terror attacks.
Major has got a perfect casting in all its ranks. Adivi Sesh excelled as Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan. He got into the skin of character. Be it his physique, army drills, or the final mission, his hard work and involvement in the character is clearly visible.
He also did a fair job in emotional sequences involving his family and girl friend. On a flipside, the teenage portions looked a bit off but they are not a big problem.
Saiee Manjrekar looks good in the character of Sandeep’s girlfriend/wife. She has a limited character but does a decent job. Sobhitha Dhulipalla is seen in a special role and she is good as always as a hostage Pramoda Reddy.
Prakash Raj gets a good role after a very long time and is excellent. He narrates the story and his dialogues towards the end are hair-rising. Revathi does a good job but again it’s a small role. Murali Sharma as a commander and Anish Kuruvilla as Hotel Manager are fine in a limited roles.
Major is a different film from the previous 26/11 movies we have seen. The movie is all about how Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan lived and not just about how he fought and died. The movie starts with his childhood, how he is fascinated towards the Uniform and how is always willing to help his neighbors without thinking what happens to him.
Initially, there are pacing issues as the director Sashi Kiran Tikka rushes through young age portions. There is a visible awkwardness and hurriedness, but core points are neatly established.
These portions are necessary to build the character art for Major Sandeep. And then, this is a family like any one of ours who wants their son to become doctor or engineer and his wife who wants her husband to be on her side always.
These portions of love and family will bore you a bit but they are necessary to build the drama needed later on but strictly deciphering it, we feel that director Sashi Kiran Tikka has taken more time to go into the actual story. The interval bang works setting up the stage for the second half.
The second half is the operation in Taj. We get to see how Major Sandeep strives to save every single life. The action in these portions is effective. We get a feeling of similarity to many 26/11 films in the past until this point.
The real story begins with the Swimming Pool episode which is excellent and gives the much-needed high. The conversation between Sandeep and his wife works big time especially due to the dialogue – Neeku Theliyakapothene Manchidhi.
The Pre-Climax begins with Major Sandeep resuming the mission at night. The ‘One Soldier’ scene is hair-rising. The action sequence of ‘Kitne Log’ is a perfect tribute to Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s Valor and is very well executed.
Major’s core theme related to ‘What does it mean to be a soldier?’ is its absolute highlight. It elevates the movie to the next level (be it in the first half or the second).
The movie ends with a very emotional sequence of heartbroken parents of Sandeep and his final journey. The dialogues of Prakash Raj at his memorial works big time. Major second half works big time. We get to see some good action in the initial portions followed by a very emotional Pre-climax and Climax. It will take the audience on an emotional ride and immerse in the sacrifice of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and leaves the hearts heavy.
Overall, Major is a slick and larger than life retelling of the well documented 26/11 Attacks. Its strength lies in its action-packed and emotional tribute to its hero, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, that’s sure to strike a chord with everyone. If you like stories of martyrdom, Major is an easy one time watch.
Music and Other Departments?
Adivi Sesh who penned the story and screenplay did a fab job. However, we feel he should have done a better job with the first half by going quickly into the story.
Abburi Ravi’s dialogues are excellent. But the team had revealed too many of them in the trailers lessening the surprise factor. Vamsi Patchipulusu has come up with stunning visuals. The Production Design especially in Taj deserves a special appreciation.
Sri Charan Pakala’s situational songs are okay but the background score is crazy especially in the second half. It plays a very important role in immersing the audience in the story. Editing is crisp. The production values are topnotch. Probably one of the best in recent times.
The Second Half particularly the Pre-climax & Climax
Slow first half
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Major Movie Review by M9News