47 Days (47 Natkal was the actual title in Tamil and 47 Rojulu in Telugu) was a classic relationship thriller drama directed by legendary Tamil director K. Balachander. It starred the now Mega Star Chiranjeevi in the lead role as a sadistic husband who tortured his innocent wife whom he had taken to France. Though Satya Dev’s 47 days lends its title from the above film, there is no connection to it whatsoever. Not even... (you’ll get it by the end)
Satya Dev is an incredible talent who’s rooted for by many of the new age film buffs and proved himself to be a reliable choice for different type of characters. He has the stuff to carry an entire film on his shoulders like he proved with the late 2018 film Bluff Master. In 47 days he joined hands with director Pradeep Maddali who came up with a thriller which is set in an internationally popular template.
Satya (named after the lead actor himself?) is a successful police officer who is known for his empathetic ways in dealing with people. He’s loved by one and all and respected by his colleagues and is an ACP by the time the story of the film begins. Currently like a classic Chris Nolan hero, he lost the love of his life, and is now bogged down by the resulting depression. Satya Dev is inch perfect in the role and depicted the anguish of the character very well on the screen.
He has lost all the respect, is suspended from his job. He’s not even cared by anyone except his daughter Swetcha. But even the product of his love life, the daughter couldn’t bring him out of his grief. He hallucinates about his wife. Now an alcoholic.
Such are the ways of minds and hearts. Nobody knows what a person is going through till the fateful moment that person is lost. Depression is a bad thing. Others think the said person - suffering from depression - is difficult to handle or too far away from others. But that’s not so. They need the help of others. Friends. Colleagues. And and whoever is close to that person.
Such help comes from his colleague, Ravi. He brings to his notice the case of a Pharma businessman who committed suicide. Obviously, as the dead man is a tycoon and has a lot of connections in the business world, his case is taken seriously by one and all. When Ravi talks about this case, it sparks a distinct connection between his death and the suicide of his wife Paddu in the mind of Satya.
Nothing brings a man (read: gender neutral term) of ability back into life from grief than an interesting piece of work. That too, which has a personal connection. Satya tries to piece everything together. It all leads him into a web of deceit (like in a good Hollywood thriller or an international Bestseller of a thriller novel), drugs, and many more. How and if he solves the mystery form the rest of the story.
Writing, direction, and performances
47 Days in the title refers to the number of days it takes for Satya to arrive at the solution which is way too obvious for the watchers. And the set up is too classical and the template is well known for world cinema buffs (obviously the film is aimed at them) and those with general common sense can guess what happens next.
While the direction of the film is competent and the initial narration by the director Pradeep Maddali is intriguing, he lost track of the subject by the time the actual story begins. And the screenplay is a mess due to his inability to handle multiple threads/points he wanted to touch. The way he tried to insert a mysterious girl in the plot falls flat and the characterisation of the role is too superficial. There are way too many turns in the narration the director himself has lost track of them. It’s like an architect himself lost his way in a maze he built.
Satya Dev is excellent as usual in the role of a suffering police officer who suddenly jumps into action to find the reason behind the happenings that are similar to the death of his wife. His brooding personality is an asset to this film in an otherwise unbearably greyish mood throughout. His dialogue delivery is artful and his screen presence suited the character of a smart investigative officer.
Roshini Prakash gets a small but crucial role of Satya’s beloved wife. She’s neat. Pooja Jhaveri received a role - revealing about it would lead to spoilers - which could have been a top class fictional character in recent memory but it’s not etched well. But she gracefully tried to keep it afloat. Neat job. Ravi Varma did what’s required of him in a film of this genre well. Srikanth Iyengar shines bright among the others despite a poorly executed characterisation. He was made a caricature by the end. But he leaves an impression.
What could have been better?
One of the biggest minuses of the film is after firmly and painstakingly establishing the main thread of Satya’s depression over the death of his wife, that angle isn’t used properly in the film. It was only treated as a personal connect and comes to the fore only during the last 20 minutes again. The climax is neither bad nor is it capable of making a stunning impression to make 47 days a memorable film.
The music of the film is okayish and didn’t help much in the way of elevating the narration. The sounds give us a feel that we have already heard them (read: template style). The cinematography is poor and gives the vibes of old school Hollywood films that are made direct to the video than aiming for a theatrical experience. The editing is patchy. Even a controlled and shorter run time isn’t handled well by the editor. The production values are sort of okay.
47 days is a standard thriller set in a standard template and with substandard narration. Except for Satya Dev’s performance as an ailing officer there’s nothing in it to look forward to. You may give it a try but may take multiple sittings to finish it. What can we say about theatrical release?
- Satya Dev’s performance
- You don’t have to spend time commuting to theatres
- Standard template
- Haphazard narration
- Buggy screenplay
Khelo Rating: 2.25 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa