Review : Sarocharu – A different Ravi Teja film
Sarocharu Release date: 21 DEC 2012 Rating : 3/5
Director : Parasuram
Producer : Priyanka Dutt
Music Director : Devi Sri Prasad
Starring : Raviteja,Nara Rohith,Kajal Agarwal and Richa

Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja’s ‘Sarocharu’ is releasing today across the world and the movie has been directed by Parasuram. The film has Kajal Aggarwal and Richa Gangopadhyay as the heroines and Devi Sri Prasad has composed the music. Let us see how ‘Sarocharu’ is.

Story :

Sandhya (Kajal Aggarwal) is a student who is madly in love with Karthik (Ravi Teja), a techie based in Italy. She decides to travel with him to India, confident that the travel time would be enough for her to get Karthik to fall in love. Karthik reciprocates her gestures in a friendly way, but finally reveals that he has a past – a past that has a deep romantic love story involving Vasu (Richa Gangopadhyay).

Sandhya comes to know about Karthik’s stint in Ooty as a football coach and about his affair with Vasu. She also realises that despite all that baggage, she still has feelings for Karthik. At this point, Karthik springs a surprise and reveals a shocking bit of information. Into this confusion comes in Gautham (Nara Rohit),who is Sandhya’s bava and madly in love with her.

What is that shocking bit of information revealed by Karthik? Who will Sandhya choose between Karthik and Gautham? What happens to Vasu? To know the answers to these questions, watch the film.

Plus Points :

Ravi Teja has played a very different character in this movie and it is a welcome change from the loud and hyperactive roles he has been playing in recent years. His performance is balanced, mature and classy. His trademark energy levels have been toned down in the movie.

Nara Rohit steals the show with a good performance. Technically, his role cannot be called a cameo as he has about 25 minutes of screen time overall. His comedy timing and dialogue delivery are entertaining.

Kajal has done a decent job in the film. Richa Gangopadhyay is good and her performance in the flashback scenes adds weight to the movie. Jayasudha is classy. M.S. Narayana entertains as Platinum Prasad in a cameo appearance.

The movie is pretty good for about 30 minutes before the interval and about 45 minutes after it. Some scenes, like the one where Ravi Teja explains the change in behaviour of women before and after marriage, came out hilariously well. Nara Rohit’s kavitvam scene also came out well.

The clean and emotional drama will appeal to family crowds. Lovers change after marriage and the pressures of every day life do not allow the sugary romance to continue. Patience and understanding are required to get through this phase and this movie shows that.

Minus Points :

The climax is a big letdown and it has been badly botched up. Scenes are rushed through and one gets the feeling that the director completely lost the plot at this juncture. Because of this messy ending, the overall flavour of the movie is spoilt. I can’t elaborate more as it will reveal the twist, but Kajal’s final scene as a football coach is totally illogical when you look at it in the overall scheme of things.

A few other scenes have not been explained properly. How does Nara Rohit end up tracing Ravi Teja, to meet him without Kajal’s knowledge? Cinematic liberty.

The song ‘Katuka Kallu’ comes in at a most inappropriate time and acts as a massive speed breaker. Hardcore Ravi Teja fans will miss his trademark energy levels and the mass masala entertainment that his films are known for.

The emotional conflict between Ravi Teja and Richa should have been handled with more intensity. Comedy quotient is surprisingly low for a Ravi Teja and Parasuram film. Srinivasa Reddy has been wasted.

Ravi Teja and Kajal should take better care about their appearance as both of them appear a little tired in this movie.

Technical Aspects:

Vijay Chakravarthy’s cinematography is decent, especially for all the scenes shot in Europe. Editing could have been sharper in the second half. DSP’s music is decent and his background score is effective.

Parasuram has succeeded in a few areas but his handling of the climax and narration in the second half have let the movie down.

Verdict :

This clean family drama that has Ravi Teja in a very different avatar. There are some genuinely good moments in the movie, but a badly botched up climax and some big loopholes in the plot let down the movie. If not for these issues, this movie could have been a lot better. Overall, Sarocharu ends up being an OK watch.

PS : In the light of the terrible crimes being committed against women in our society,it would be good if our heroes stop slapping heroines in the movie, even for ‘good reasons’. It sets a bad example for people. Rating – 3/5

Reviewed by Mahesh S Koneru


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