U/A, 2h 30m
What Is the Film About?
Balu, aka Bala Gangadhar Tilak (Dhanush), is a junior lecturer at the topmost Tripathi Jr College owned by Tripathi. When an educational bill proposed by the government poses a threat to greedy corporate colleges, Tripathi comes up with an idea to save them.
What is the plan? How Balu fits into it? The journey of Balu transforming a government college by taking on Tripathi is the movie’s overall story.
Dhanush upgrades from his usual student roles to a ‘Sir’ in the movie. He suits the part and effortlessly breezes through it, which doesn’t require him to do a heavy-duty performance, mostly. An intensity is necessary, which Dhanush conjures up easily. Still, when he gets those emotional moments, the actor shows why he is rated one of the best in the country. The emotions are conveyed without going overboard.
If not for the love song, and brief comedy hinting at romance, Samyukta Menon can be seen as playing a supporting role. She is okay and does well with sincerity in whatever she gets.
Venky Atluri of Tholiprema, Mr Majnu, and Rang De fame directs Sir. It is a different outing for him as he picks an issue-based drama instead of a romantic comedy.
Anyone who has seen the trailer would recognise the topic chosen by Venki Atluri in Sir. It is related to education and its commercialisation. This is not a new topic, but a sense of honesty here that grabs attention, even if it follows a formula.
Sir begins on an ordinary note. The setting of the story happens blandly. The establishment of the antagonist and corporate greed are routine. The movie starts rolling when Sir reaches Siripuram.
The whole village section is the heart of the movie, which is divided into two halves. The first half has its moments, like the one on caste, but it’s formulaic to the core. The various issues happen one after another and are then resolved similarly with small talk, a class like the ‘panchayat’ sequence.
In the age of realistic and rooted village dramas, the whole thing appears very polished and clean. Still, the emotions look genuine and hold the attention.
As mentioned, the village sequences are the movie’s heart, and we see the better side in the second hour. It is less formulaic, and the sentiments tug your heart. The actor in Dhanush rises above the content and delivers emotions that are sure to bring tears to the eyes.
The second half has a few such emotional blocks that deliver on expected lines but work out without looking formulaic. However, it suffers from the ‘manipulative’ factor. While not all, some look deliberately done to push the tears. The theatre twist amidst all this makes things a little interesting. The ending is a mixture is reality and fantasy, but the message seethes through it, which is what ultimately matters.
Overall, Sir is very predictable story-wise, but it works because it has its heart in the right place. If emotional dramas with little comic relief are your thing, Sir is the movie to watch out for this weekend.
Performances by Others Actors
There are several known faces in the movie. However, they don’t get full-fledged roles and appear intermittently. Samuthirakani is okay, but he is highly typecast for the part (in Telugu). The same is the case with Saikumar playing the village head or Tanikella Bharani as the honest principal. We have seen them do it many times before. In quite a contrast, Aadukalam Naresh impresses even though he has much smaller screen time.
Sumanth appears in a cameo as a narrator at critical points. He has again got a pivotal part, although it requires nothing hugely dramatic from him.
What really works as a supporting cast is the bunch of youngsters playing the students. They work as a whole and individually, even with bits and pieces of roles. Hyper Aadhi appears briefly and is alright. The rest of the actors are okay.
Music and Other Departments?
GV Prakash’s songs and background score are a significant asset to the movie. Barring a song, others aren’t blockbusters, but they serve the purpose immensely. Even the two widely recognised songs have been shot simply as part of the narrative without any glam show.
The cinematography is neat, keeping things simple. Some of the sets and their presentation could have been done better, avoiding the air of artificiality. The editing is good. The pace is slow, but it never slackens or turns boring. The writing is perfect for the theme. Some dialogues have a strong hammer impact and hit home the point.
Utterly Predictable Story
Preachy At Times
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, In Parts
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, But With Reservations
Sir Movie Review by Mirchi9
Sir is an honestly made movie that is simultaneously very familiar. Dhanush carries the whole film on his able shoulders with a solid performance, covering the issues. Give it a try if you like emotional dramas with a neat message.
First Half Report:
Despite a familiar setup, Sir’s first half works due to Dhanush’s magnetic presence. Samyukta too is charming. Together they hold the narrative even if predictable. The second half is the key now.
— SIR begins with the flashback episode of Balu (Dhanush). Sumanth Akkineni opens the story.
Stay tuned for SIR USA Premiere report and review shortly.
Cast: Dhanush, Samyuktha, Sai Kumar,Tanikella Bharani,Samuthirakani
Production Designer: Avinash Kolla
Editor: Navin Nooli
DOP: J Yuvraj
Music: G. V. Prakash Kumar
Action Choreographer – Venkat
Producers: Naga Vamsi S – Sai Soujanya
Written & Directed By: Venky Atluri
Banners: Sithara Entertainments – Fortune Four Cinemas
Presenter: Srikara Studios