Movie Review: Saptagiri LLB
Saptagiri, Kashish Vohra, Sai Kumar, Siva Prasad, Raghubabu and others
Director - Charan Lakkakula
Producer - Dr. K. Ravi Kirane
Banner - Sai Celluloid Cinematic Creations Pvt. Ltd.
Music - Bulganin
This is Saptagiri's second attempt at playing the lead role. One would expect comedy out of a film starring comedian in the lead role, but Saptagiri LLB is treated like a commercial hero's film, which is its major minus. It is an official remake of Bollywood film Jolly LLB, which has a good script, but the remake makes a mess of it.
What is it about?
Saptagiri wants to be a successful lawyer so that he could marry his cousin (Kashish Vohra). Prominent criminal Lawyer Rajpal (Sai Kumar) successfully defends a rich guy from a hit and run case in which five people were killed. Saptagiri files a PIL against the rich guy and the case reopens. Can Saptagiri overcome the power and tactics of Rajpal to come out successful?
Saptagiri resorts to action, romance and dances again. He doesn't do much comedy and projects himself like an established action hero. You are in for huge disappointment if you expect good comedy out of a Saptagiri starrer. Kashish Vohra cannot act. She is just there for the sake of glamour. Sai Kumar delivers a commendable performance as the successful criminal lawyer. Siva Prasad as the judge gets a meaty role and he is okay in it. Shakalaka Shankar got nothing much to do.
Director Charan Lakkakula altered the screenplay of the original to incorporate commercial elements like songs and fights. A plot like this doesn't give scope for commercial elements, but the director used every opportunity to cut into a fight or song. The direction is pretty amateurish. Director delivers a substandard product in spite of having strong content on hands.
Songs and background music are pretty loud. Dialogues are equally bad except for the translated version from the original. Cinematography is good. Editing also is fine. The film is made on a decent budget and looks rich in every frame.
Over the top fights
Neither the director nor anybody associated with Saptagiri LLB was able to grasp the soul of the original film Jolly LLB. The original was a sensible film with natural emotions and grounded characters. But the remake is a shoddy one with over the top performances and artificial emotions.
The lead character is shown like a superman who can pin down men double his size. And we are talking about a comedian playing the lead role here. Saptagiri picked a good subject to play the lead role, but he couldn't resist himself from showcasing his other skills like dances and fights that are absolutely unnecessary for a film like this one.
First half of the film is totally over the top and tests the viewers patience with its senselessness. Second half is toned down and sticks to the original part, which works up to some extent. Scenes leading to climax are engaging and the climax scene is impressive. Barring the climax and pre climax, Saptagiri LLB is neither fun nor engaging.
Even the confrontations between Saptagiri and Sai Kumar don't work as they are unpardonably over the top. Heroine's character and the romance track also don't click. The film horridly falls short of comedy in spite of having a comedian playing the lead role. Saptagiri LLB has a class theme but it is executed in such a way that masses can relate to it.
The film's success will depend on how masses embrace it. Saptagiri LLB is a strict no-no for sensible film lovers and especially for those who have seen the original.
Verdict: A Bad Remake.