Sita Review & Rating
Sita Review: Kajal Shines Bright Amidst Maniacal Storytelling
Current generation younger audience might not have known what a Teja film means. So, let's get a primer on it. There's a hero and there's a heroine. They obviously fall in love. The villain enters the scene. The lead pair runs away. The villain chases. He beats the shit out of the hero. The lead pair escapes and run away again.
The villain catches up again. Then he beats the shit out of the hero. And when like a two and half hours run time completes, the hero finally beats the villain aiding by the inspiration given by you know who. The songs used to be so good though. Who was once was seen as the pulse of the youth has become so stale in no time and it took him more than a decade to score another hit.
Aided by some smart writing and a charismatic lead pair, his previous film Nene Raju Nene Mantri brought him the much-needed reprieve. He now comes up with Sita, about a woman who does anything to get her way. Let's see if he has come out of his set template and offered something new or went back to his past ways with Sita review.
Sita and her world
Sita, as she is already introduced to us in the trailers and promos, is a businesswoman who holds at nothing to advance her cause. Once, she runs into big trouble and takes the help of a local MLA. He is obviously evil because he is portrayed by Sonu Sood. For the favor he is doing, the creatively named MLA Basava Raju is promised something no girl in her right mind (according to the society) does. But like her usual self, Sita bunks on the promise.
But being a villain, and Teja's menacing villain at that, Basava Raju haunts Sita. Enter Raghuram! Played by a delightfully refreshing Bellamkonda Sreenivas. He is a quintessentially goody-two-shoes. And ruthlessly innocent. Sita takes Ram for a ride of his life and tries to use him to come out of her troubles.
But in a twist of fate, she is arrested by the police. Ram tries to come to her rescue but Basava Raju hell-bent on having his way with her intervenes and see to it that her life becomes a living hell, and in turn... Okay! How Sita comes out of all this and if she can change her ways form the rest of the gory climax.
Kajal Aggarwal gave her best performance in a long time (read: since Nene Raju Nene Mantri) and is a delight for her fans. As far as the first half of the film concerns, her characterization is superb and it's been a long long time since we have truly seen a lovable but rogue heroine. Or mean spirited but identifiable.
But over makeup, inconsistency in writing her part in the second half of the film undermined best of her efforts. Her histrionics are spontaneous and give a hint at how good she could be if she gets an author-backed role. And she's the personification of gracefulness. Some of the credit goes to the costumes department too. Well done!
Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas is good in a cast against type role for the first time. And he did really well. But it is Sonu Sood who lifts the blandly written character to the next level with a power-packed performance. He's both menacing and absolute fun to watch. Rest of the actors did justice to their roles but have no significant parts. Even a legend like Kota Srinivasa Rao is underutilized.
Writing and direction
Teja has come up with a freshly baked idea for sure with Sita. The entire first half is based on the characterization of the heroine and rightfully so. But by the time the film ends, we get a sour taste in our mouths. Reason? The narration starts without being judgemental but ends up too...
And the overdose of violence and the so-called twists towards the end of the film Marrs the watching experience. The screenplay is pathetic in the second half. Dialogues by Lakshmi Bhupala may appeal while watching the film but you won't be cursed if they lose impact once you leave the theatre.
The music of the film is decent. The songs are wrongly placed. Despite the energy it brings, the much-touted item number with Payal Rajput comes as a speed breaker at the most inopportune moment. The background score by Anup Rubens is good in parts. The film is saved for the most part by stellar cinematography. Sirsha Ray did a superb job with the visuals. They are vibrant and the framing is beautiful. The production design which includes the locations s first-rate. So are the production values.
Sita is a huge disappointment for those who expected to watch Teja's magic on the big screen once again. An opportunity wasted is an understatement. Terrific concept, a top-notch performance by lead actors and great cinematography couldn't save the overdose of maniacal storytelling.
- Kajal Aggarwal
- Sonu Sood
- Insane second half
- Unnecessary scenes (which includes a few comedy setpieces)
Pycker Rating: 1.75 out of 5
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What is Sita About?
Sita is a sort of a dream project for Kajal Aggarwal. As director Teja himself had revealed in one of the pre-release interviews, he had conceived the story of this film long back and that Kajal Aggarwal had expressed her wish to act in this film. It was also a considerably long search for the male lead role in this film which predominantly revolves around the heroine. Young action hero Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas teamed up with Kajal for the second time in a row after Kavacham.
Sensational director Teja has seen interesting times in the last couple of years. After a resounding return to form with Nene Raju Nene Mantri, Teja was to be the director of the prestigious NTR biopic but he had to relinquish the responsibility as he himself felt not up to the task. Whatever the reasons behind leaving such a great opportunity, director Teja certainly wants to make another strong comeback to prove his mettle. The result is Sita, and here are the compelling reasons to watch the romantic action thriller.
An absolute scorcher of a story
Female-oriented films have become a bit more common these days but an action hero playing the second fiddle for a star heroine is something unheard of in the recent time. As per the trailer, the story of the film concerns that of Sita who is a money-minded businesswoman. The movie also has a spate of commercial elements that are par for the course in a Telugu commercial film.
Kajal Aggarwal described the film as a take on interpersonal relationships and the eponymous role she had played has a message for personal development. Apart from this, Sita might have taken inspiration from the epic tale of Ramayana and Sonu Sood's character might be a modern retelling of Ravanasura.
Kajal Aggarwal and Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas
Needless to say, Kajal Aggarwal is one of the top heroines of South Indian Cinema. She is adept at both oozing glamour and also delivering competent performance. As Sita is a sort of dream character for her, we can expect her to be in top form portraying the interesting role.
This is her third film with director Teja and he is known for bringing out the absolute best from his actors. As he's doing back to back films with her, we can safely assume that he had struck a right note with the actress and is sure to bring the best out of her. As for Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas, Sita is an interesting film.
Despite having several action sequences (as evidenced by the trailer), he has to play second fiddle to Kajal. Teja said that Sreenivas has done better than expected. Let's see if this young hero could score a much wanted commercial success with Sita. Also, Kajal and Bellamkonda Sreenivas appear to have good chemistry by watching the promo materials.
Director Teja and his team
Teja was at one time the most wanted and highly rated directors in Tollywood. In fact, he was the one who ushered the concept of youthful films into Telugu Cinema during the early stages of the new millennium. After losing his track for about a decade, he bounced back with Nene Raju Nene Mantri. Now, he joins forces with the writer Lakshmi Bhupala who worked in tandem with the director for his previous film and they can be expected to deliver the goods this time too.
Teja's films give importance to music and songs form an important part of the narration. Anup Rubens who was introduced by Teja with Jai and composed music for his previous film composes the musical score for Sita. Sirsha Ray handles the cinematography and it is evident from the promos that his work is trendy. The experienced Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao has handled the editing work.
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