Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya Review & Rating
Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya Review: Refreshing And Revives The Genre
Agent Sai Srinivas Atreya FBI is not just your ordinary detective. He is a non-Sherlock Holmes. That doesn't mean he is non-intelligent. On the contrary. It's just that he calls himself an original, which he is, and has his own way of dealing with cases. And currently, he landed in jail. Why?
If thrillers are rare in Telugu, detective thrillers are even rare. After Mega Star Chiranjeevi's Chantabbai which is more of a comic caper and the forgotten Thank You Subba Rao starring Sri Hari, and the dubbed film Detective (Tupparivaalan) starring Vishal, there are virtually no films that fall in this category. Now, young actor Naveen Polishetty comes up with Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya which satiates the thirst of the audience for this forgotten genre. Let's see how this film fares with this review.
Sai Srinivasa Athreya is a small time detective agent who has an office in the market area of Nellore. He runs Fathima Bureau of Investigation named after his ex-lover. Ironic for a man who believes that detectives should be devoid of familial ties. Like every good detective should have, he has an assistant, in this case, a girl named Sneha.
He with the help of Sneha solves petty crimes in the vicinity and offers his services in finding solutions to the problems faced by the local police. He waits for a proper case which will shoot him to the big league (read: big bucks) and he apparently stumbles upon one. But unfortunately, that lands him in jail.
An inmate of the jail is wailing one day and Athreya finds from him that his daughter was killed. Sai Srinivas Athreya understands that something is amiss and comes out on bail and tries to solve the case. Why in the first place he had to go to jail? How he solves the case of the missing/killed daughter of that inmate? Will he finally join the big league form the rest of the story.
Naveen Polishetty is fantastic in the role of a comical but dead serious detective of serious skills. He is refreshing to watch and he exuded the intelligence required of the character. And he has a weighty past and he grieves the death of his mother. Also, the same comes out as a big twist (no spoiler) in the film.
He pulled off the fun portions with ease but found a bit lacking in some emotional scenes. Nevertheless, he has a charming screen presence and is here to stay. Shruti Sharma as Sneha lacks that depth in the characterization but did well. She appeared good on the screen too. Rest of the actors did a fine job and impress you irrespective of their screen times.
Writing and direction
The director Swaroop RSJ has come up not just with an out of the box storyline but also the unused and unexploited genre. This will create a special market for him if he has the idea of continuing this film further in the form of a franchise. The narration is deliberately paced. The entire first half is used as the setup and the second half which comes on the heels of a terrific interval block is intriguing.
The screenplay is written with a lot of layers and all the details that are seemingly left out are used well in the second half. All the dots are connected without missing. The climax is shocking and the ending leaves you a bit emotional. It is a commendable job from a newcomer.
The music composed by Mark K. Robin is a highlight. It elevated several scenes by enhancing the intrigue. The cinematography is okayish. The editing is good. Though a few scenes here and there could be trimmed, leaving them untouched created a good impact in the climax. The production design is decent. The production values are passable and clearly shows a lack of resources.
Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya is an intriguing detective thriller with a lot of situational humor. With a charming protagonist and an able lead lady and having no love story between them, this film is refreshing in many ways. If we leave aside a few nitpicks, Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya is sure to entertain you. Go and watch it so that a forgotten genre could be revived.
- Intriguing story
- Naveen Polisetty as Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya
- The climax
- Competent direction
- Few drags here and there
- Very few but visible loopholes
Pycker Rating: 3 out of 5
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What is Agent Sai Srinivasa Atreya About?
Desi Sherlock Holmes? Achcha Telugu detective? Whatever! He himself claims that Sherlock Holmes is fictional and Agent Sai Srinivasa Atreya is original. So, leave aside jokes like as Agent Sai Srinivasa Atreya is also fictional as he is a movie character, we are on the verge of getting a proper detective film in Telugu after a long long time... (by the way, when was the last time we have watched such a movie?).
Agent Sai Srinivasa Atreya FBI is an aspiring or a small-scale detective who (wants to) solves cases in Nellore, sometimes for the police. They pay him peanuts (remember the scene in the trailer where he is paid Rs. 116?) and is fed up with it. He wants... or rather searches for a breakthrough that could shot his fame up. From what is evidenced by the trailer, Agent Sai Srinivasa Atreya is going to offer some serious fun.
Agent Sai Srinivasa Atreya Promises
To solve our thirst for Achcha Telugu original detective films
Neveen Polishetty is coming up with one of the most wanted genres in Telugu. A very rare genre properly touched upon in recent memory. The film has all the makings of the origin of a potential franchise. With such originality and the enthusiasm to make something different, the makers have come up with this film. The mystery has intrigue. The lead actor has familiarity and has a charismatic screen presence. And the setting is as native as it gets.
Agent Sai Srinivas Atreya himself
Detectives always fascinate us. Their appearance (a hat, goggle, and a ruggedly charming look for the most part, intelligence written all over the face), and the intrigue surrounding them. Though we have a very few detective films in Telugu, most of the times there used to be James Bond style of stories rather than, okay! once again Sherlock Holmes style. Despite having highly popular detective agents like Yugandhar who were popular before the 1990s, there are not many films with those characters.
That is where Agent Sai Srinivas Atreya comes out as an oasis in the desert. It is the promise rather than the known definite nature (as we are yet to see how well the film is made and appeals to the target audience at least). By the little evidence we have, we can expect an intriguing and fun ride this weekend with Agent Sai Srinivasa Atreya. Let's trust him till we get an acquaintance with him.
Swaroop RSJ and his team
Director Swaroop comes up with a big promise and the film has definite potential to originate a franchise if the first film is successful. Shruthi Sharma plays the female lead in the movie. Mark K. Robin of Awe fame composes the musical score for this film and it has a whimsical character pertaining to the genre. Sunny Kurapati's cinematography is atmospheric as the genre demands. Produced by Swadharm Entertainment, Agent Sai Srinivasa Atreya hits the screens tomorrow.
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