Sai Pallavi’s Gargi Movie Review

Cast: Sai Pallavi, Kalai Venkat, R.S. Shivaji, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Livingston, Jayaprakash

Crew:

Cinematography by Sraiyanti Premkrishna Akkattu
Edited by Shafique Mohamed Ali
Music by Govind Vasantha
Written & Directed by Gautham Ramachandran
Produced by Ravichandran Ramachandran, Thomas George, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Gautham Ramachandran

Sai Pallavi has become one of the most dependable stars of Telugu Cinema. She has been popular in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam Cinema for her performances in Premam, Fidaa, Love Story and dancing skills across the languages with Vacchinde, Rowdy Baby going viral with Millions of views. Now, she has come up with a hard hitting women centric film Gargi. How is the film? Can she deliver a solid hit to become next Soundarya? Let’s discuss…

Plot::
Gargi (Sai Pallavi) gets parents approval to marry her love interest and she works as a school teacher. Her father is very old and he works as a watchman. Her mother has opened a Homemade Grinding shop. One day, she gets a news that her father (R.S. Shivaji) has been arrested for raping a 12 year old girl. She tries to meet him in the police station but they don’t allow her. She panics and police ask her leave the town. Her fiance asks her to come with him to another city.

She declines his request and decides to fight to prove her father as innocent. Her Lawyer uncle (Jayaprakash) declines to take the case fearing bar council, association. His assistant (Kalai Venkat) takes the case. How will they prove his innocence? And what kind of twists this case takes? Watch the movie to know more.

Analysis::
If you look at any incident from the view point that os convenient to you, the truth you want to believe will appear in front of your eyes. Means you see what you want to see unless and until you open up to a possibility of watching something from all angles. Sai Pallavi’s character in the film asks Kalai character to look at it from her point of view only. With this director tried to say that she wants to see her father with them hail and healthy. She believes in his innocence and that’s how she wants world to believe him as well. While he could write such lines but could not see the story from all angles himself. He tried to see it from her point of view only and that is the problem. The film is overburdened by his views of feminism and not the worldly view. The neorealism is great but the setting and conclusion feel poles apart.

Trying to be realistic, director lost grip on the plot he has been trying to say. In a film like Section 375, director and writers of that film too raised the difference between usual sympathy gaining and truth. There the story has been narrated in a more dramatic way albeit being realistic. The dramatic high that Gargi wants to create for the impact feels artificial and sudden due to the tone. It never gets into the zone where the other side of the truth has been exploited and the other angle of the same incident has been used to narrate. The film is shown from Gargi’s POV and world view only which makes it suffocative after a point.

Still, the technical standards that this team pulled off and engaging details that the writer could come up at different moments keep the film running. Had the writing been more convincing than convenient, this movie could have been one of the bests. Sai Pallavi gives a great performance and shows her range to be able even pull off a Balachander heroine style story and fit in. Kalai Venkat impresses among others. Music by Govind Vasantha and Cinematography are good. Due to performances and technical brilliance the movie is a One-Time Watch.

Positivies::
Sai Pallavi Performance
Ensemble Cast
BGM
Cinematography

Negatives::
Climax
Writing
Unconvincing Ending
Slow Pacing


Bottom-line: One Time Watch

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