What Is the Film About?
Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo is coming of age story of a young guy. How he transforms into a man from a boy is what the film is about rather than being a typical love story in the director’s style.
How Is Nag Chaitanya’s Performance?
Naga Chaitanya is terrific in the film. This can be clearly said as his career best performance. He showcases different emotions of a regular boy next door with ease. In a way its similar to his last release Premam. The only difference being, here the change is not that overtly visible as it flows in a straight narrative. Few scenes in the second half are the best acting on display by Chaitu so far.
Direction by Gautham Menon?
What we see in the film is by now a trademark that the director is associated with. Gautam Menon too knows it very well and he plays along with it and makes small self-referential jokes as well. It has kind of become a like a formula and one is sucked into it even though everything looks very predictable.
The real story takes off as we approach towards the intermission of the film. An important incident occurs and from then onwards until another major event in the second half the film is gripping and terrifying at the same time. The director takes an unpredictable approach and it works tremendously in its favor.
Unfortunately, the route taken by the director after that major incident in the second half gets very repetitive, predictable, tiresome and finally ends on a near comic note. The big reveal towards the end makes this almost like a typical Telugu commercial film. What saves it from becoming a total failure is those unpredictable moments before and after the interval. Otherwise, Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo is among the weakest films of the director from a first viewing perspective.
Manjima Mohan and Others?
Manjima plays a typical Gautam Menon heroine role. She is however not among the most memorable ones, though. She is alright, at best. Among the rest, Baba Sehgal shines in the negative roles. What makes his performance click is the natural flow he is given. He is not a Telugu cop rather a Maharashtra cop and that makes his character and performance believable. Others don’t have that important character worth remembering.
Music and Other Departments?
Music and background score by AR Rahman is superb. The songs are among his best in recent past. The background music does perfectly what its meant to do, elevate the proceedings. Editing is fine. Action choreography deserves special mention, it is superb. The cinematography is just fine going by the past high standards of the director.
Rewriting the final act and retaining the unpredictable element of middle act. Also, change in the big reveal that happens at the end.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Yes with slight reservations.
Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo Review by Siddhartha Toleti