Storyline without revealing important aspects
Satakarni (Balakrishna) is a king of Satavahana dynasty. He is deeply committed towards his people and is considered as a just ruler. His love for his mother (Hema malini) is unlimited and she always stands like a rock behind him. Vashishthee Devi (Shriya Saran) plays the role of his wife who has her share of insecurities. A single minded ambition drives him – Unifying the multiple regions scattered along the Indian peninsula. The movie is a journey towards the pursuit of his ambition.
How is this movie different?
- Balakrishna’s 100th movie
- Highlighting the story of an unsung ruler who is not present in our School text books
Starcast – Balakrishna, Shriya Saran, Hema Malini, Kabir Bedi, Shivaraj Kumar, Tanikella Bharani, Sivakrishna, Subhalekha Sudhakar, Ravi Prakash etc
Music – Chirantan Bhatt
Cinematography – Gnanashekhar
Art – Bhupesh Bhupathi
Action – Ram-Laxman
Lyrics – Sirivennala Sitarama Shastri
Costumes Designer – Neeta Lulla
Story, Screenplay and Direction – Krish
Producers – Y Rajiv Reddy, Jagarlamudi Saibabu
How did the Actors Perform?
There are some roles in Tollywood which Balakrishna alone can do justice. Gautamiputra Satakarni is one of those. He carries the film on his shoulders and is good in both diction and action scenes.
Shriya’s performance was good and Sunitha’s dubbing is a perfect match to her. Hemamalini showed her caliber in a regal role. There are no meaty roles for any of the other supporting characters. Shivraj Kumar, son of Kananda doyen Raj Kumar played an interesting supporting role limited to one song. Kabir Bedi, Tanikella Bharani did their bit. Subhalekha Sudhakar impressed in his short role. Ravi Prakash who is a regular in Krish movies had a brief role. The foreign actors who played the roles of emperors looked like street thugs.
How did the Technicians fare?
Director Krish should be praised for his superb time management skills. When Madrasapattinam (dubbed in telugu as 1947: A Love Story) was released, i was surprised that the film took just 8 months despite being a periodical. The fact that Krish shot this movie in 79 days in beyond astonishment. Apart from this, Krish got the best out of Balakrishna. From a story perspective some more adrenaline rush scenes could have been created especially towards the climax. The story took a quarter final, semi final and final knockout cricket tournament approach. Emotional dialogues were really good. Chirantan Bhatt did well especially with the background music.
The song ‘Saaho saarvabowma’ elevated the film. Sitarama Shastri-Krish combination worked similar to the ‘Krishnam vande jagadgurum’ title song. Neeta Lulla showed her class with costumes. There were some repetitive scenes in war episodes which could been edited out. Production values were good.
Release Date – 12th Jan, 2017
Super Telugu Take –
Gautamiputra Satakarni is a very good attempt by Balakrishna and Krish. More such movies should come which highlight our culture. No actor should face bias because of some of his past movies or scenes. When utilized well by the director, Balakrishna can pull off exceedingly good performances.
Movie is a worthwhile watch. If Krish had learnt how to play on adrenaline from Rajamouli then it would have been even better.
Super Telugu Rating – 3.8/5