Release Date : October 13, 2023
123telugu.com Rating : 2/5
Starring: Ravi Mahadasyam, Vishikalakshman, Narasimha Prasad Panthagani
Director: Rajasekhar Sudmoon
Producers: Ashok Mittapally, Deviprasad Balivada
Music Director: Jaswanth Pasupuleti
Cinematographer: Rajasekhar Sudmoon
Editor: Rajasekhar Sudmoon
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Sagileti Katha, a rural drama starring Ravi Mahadasyam and Vishika Lakshman in lead roles, has hit screens today without much promotion. Directed by Rajasekhar Sudmoon, the film is jointly bankrolled by Ashok Mittapally, Deviprasad Balivada. Check out our review to see how the movie fares.
The story is set in Sagileru, a drought-hit village in Rayalaseema. Sagileru President Chowdappa (Raja Shekhar Aningi) and RMP Dorasami (Ramesh) are the village elders. They are also very good friends. After some dramatic developments, Chowdappa’s son Kumar (Ravi Mahadasyam) and Dorasami’s daughter Krishna Kumari (Vishika Lakshman) fall in love. Meanwhile, the villagers decide to organize a Gangalamma fair in the village. What happens in the Gangalamma fair? What is the unexpected conflict in Kumar-Krishna Kumari’s love story? How is their relationship connected to the town’s Gangalamma fair? What are the twists and turns in this story? You need to watch the movie on the big screen to find out the answers.
Director Rajasekhar Sudmoon comes up with an impressive script set in an authentic rural Rayalaseema milieu and has natural characters. Lead actor Ravi Mahadasyam has done a good job. Heroine Vishika Lakshman is impressive and delivers a natural performance in several scenes.
The supporting actors, including Narasimha Prasad Panthagani and Rajasekhar, do justice to their characters. Composer Jaswanth Pasupuleti’s music is yet another plus. The theme song that drives the narrative is quite good. The scene in which Chowdappa kills Dorasami in the Gangalamma fair and the climax episode stand out.
The story lacks a decent narrative. The screenplay is slow and uninteresting. Certain scenes look out of place in the overall story. While a lot has gone into the staging of the interval sequence, it fails to thrill the audience.
The director begins the movie well, but diverts the narrative quickly. Several scenes were repetitive and were prolonged excessively beyond a point. The emotions fail to click in hero’s longing for his lady love, as he doesn’t do much apart from just suffering.
Even though the story has a lot of scope for exploring the pain in love and longing, the director hardly exploits it, leading to a lackluster narrative. More attention should have been given to the screenplay. One wonders why the director prominently highlighted a villager’s craze for chicken curry even though there will be several other interesting characters in a village.
Composer Jaswanth Pasupuleti impresses with his songs, especially the first and the last songs. Sanal Vasudev’s riveting background score elevates several crucial scenes. Director Rajasekhar Sudmoon also handles the editing department, but he fails to keep the narrative interesting. The second half would have helped the movie if the edit was crisp. Rajasekhar Sudmoon also scores less marks as the cinematographer as he couldn’t showcase the natural beauty of the rural life. The production values are decent.
Set in the Rayalaseema milieu, Sagileti Katha fails to impress after showing promise initially. The scenes showcasing craze for chicken curry in the village, the natural rural life, and the intense drama in the Gangalamma fair engage the audience to an extent. However, the movie fails to sustain the interest factor and ends up as an underwhelming watch in the end.
123telugu.com Rating: 2/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team
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