‘Good Luck Sakhi’ hit the cinemas today in the Telugu States. It’s produced by Sudheer Chandra Padiri of Worth A Shot Motion Arts and presented by Dil Raju in association with Atluri Narayana Rao.
The story is set in a small village. Sakhi (Keerthy Suresh) is a happy-go-lucky girl who is not getting married anytime soon. Her acquaintance Goli Raju (Aadhi Pinisetty) drives her onto a new path by introducing her to a Colonel (Jagapathi Babu) who is determined to train a non-entity into a national champion in rifle-shooting. The path is strewn with thorns.
Keerthy Suresh has been seen in a wide range of roles. Last year, we saw her as a doting sister in ‘Peddanna’ and a naughty girl in ‘Rang De’. The film under review has her in an avowedly carefree yet earnest role. Jagapathi Babu’s chemistry with her is alright. The senior actor brings to the role the kind of seriousness we saw of him in ‘Tuck Jagadish’ and the web series ‘Parampara’ recently.
Aadhi Pinisetty, who endeared himself with ‘Rangasthalam’ and is also remembered for ‘Ninnu Kori’ and ‘Neevevaro’, has done a fine act. Rahul Ramakrishna, who was last year seen in ‘NET’, has a template-driven character. Rama Prabhas, Shravya Varma, Divya Sripada, Venugopal and Raghu Babu are seen.
Devi Sri Prasad’s music is a mixed package. ‘Yegire Thiranga Jandaala’ and ‘Inthandamga’ are attuned to his strengths. ‘Bad Luck Sakhi’ is a good situational song. The BGM is able. Cinematographer Chirantan Das, who has mostly done non-Telugu projects, works with sincerity. A Sreekar Prasad’s editing is okayish.
Sakhi’s characterization is the lone good element. The whole village is convinced that she brings bad luck. But the trainer, who walks with a limp, feels that believing in this or that is nothing but a superstition. There is suspense around a black bag that he brings to the village. The people around him believe that he has a secret mission. But it soon turns out to be a storm in a tea cup. In the name of comedy, we are shown scenes of senior citizens wanting to get trained in rifle-shooting just because a trainer has arrived in the village. This is immature writing. The BGM doesn’t know what cues to give. The childhood rivalry element is silly.
The relationship issues are outdated. Keerthy Suresh’s Sakhi looks more like an introvert who goes to team outings and shows inhibitions rather than a sports-woman shedding her limitations. Jagapathi repeats words like ‘shantham’, ‘sthiram’ and ‘yekagratha’ to no great effect.
The movie doesn’t scale up at all. The track between Sakhi and Jagapathi’s character is laden with vague notions. The latter behaves like a grandpa with no mental stamina.
The sports element looks incidental like in most semi-sports films. But since the climax has the sporting element in a dominant manner, care should have been taken.
‘Good Luck Sakhi’ is an underwhelming viewing experience at every turn.