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S/O Satyamurthy
Ravi Kandala / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
4.5
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
6.0
4.0
5.0
6.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
No
There's something about being the first big release of a summer. And this featured the hit combination of Julayi, and was from the director of the biggest ever hit in Telugu. The crowds at the theatres today confirmed that: five shows in the span of a half hour at a single multiplex - and all full and people still streaming in to see if they could wrangle tickets.

Only, such humungous expectations do not augur well for our movies. We've seen several mucho hyped movies fall flat on their faces in spite of being decent entertainers. Because when the expectations peak, people do not settle for merely decent movies. They want the best. And even for the best of writers/directors, it is difficult to come up with blockbusters all the time.

S/o Satyamurthy, then, is not as good as the hype. Which could be excused - but it is not even as good as Trivikram's average movies. The film is about Viraj Anand (Allu Arjun) and his father Satyamurthy (Prakash Raj). Viraj comes from an insanely rich family and has everything on a platter until the day his father dies in a road accident.

He then finds out that his father had debts to the tune of Rs. 300 crores. He's given an option to either declare insolvency and keep his property, or sell off everything to clear loans. Being the good man, he decides to give away all his property and keep his father's name intact. He then shifts to a poorer house (to the extent that poverty is allowed to touch our heroes) and starts looking out for a job.

He finds one as a wedding planner, falls in love with Sameera (Samantha) in the wedding, and goes to her father (Rajendra Prasad) to ask for her hand. There he realizes that his dad had sold a plot under litigation, and promises to clear the land's title. This leads him to a village in Tamil Nadu ruled over by Devraj Naidu (Upendra). What happens there and how Viraj clears his father's name forms the rest of the plot.

S/o Satyamurthy suffers from a shallowness hitherto unknown in Trivikram movies. The characters, dialogues, situations and emotions - all of them feel superficial and fail to connect with the viewers. It is difficult for anyone to invest in the fate of such hollow characters, and without that investment, movies just don't work. The comedy is good in bits and pieces, but when Brahmanandam begins to irritate you, you know things are not working. The film never flows from one scene to another, and instead feels like a cut-paste effort, the ugly edges standing out significantly.

Allu Arjun carries the movie on his shoulders, but his mannerisms fail to catch on here. His acting is top-notch and the dancing is good, but what you expect from Allu Arjun is not good - it is spectacular, which is missing. The others hardly get any scope - with such a huge starcast, no one gets more than 5-8 scenes. Upendra, Sneha and Rajendra Prasad still do expectedly well in their parts.

The film is technically sound - good cinematography, decent music (which sadly is not enhanced on screen through the kind of awesome picturisation you expect of songs in Trivikram's films) and some superb locales prop up the film considerably. Devi Sri Prasad comes up with decent music, but you won't be humming these songs a few weeks down the line.

All in all, S/o Satyamurthy is an ode to the hero's dad - the irony there being that the father is killed off quite early so they can give the son more screen time. Something like that needs pulling it off.
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  • Cast
    Allu Arjun, Samantha, Nithya Menen, Adah Sharma, Prakash Raj, Sneha, Upendra, Rajendra Prasad, Brahmanandam, M S Narayana, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Rao Ramesh
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    Devi Sri Prasad
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  • Director
    Trivikram Srinivas
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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TOP COMMENT
The Common Movie Goer on 12th Apr 2015, 11:21pm | Permalink
Again, I disagree with Ravi Kandala's rating. 4.5 for this movie is harsh when you consider his other ratings. Sure the movie is low on laughs and overall entertainment, and you will feel your mind wandering in parts of the movie, but you will certainly empathize/sympathize with the hero. Rajendra Prasad, Prakash Raj and the rest of the supporting cast do a stellar job.

What really let down the movie was the editing. The editor should have removed certain portions which did not add any value to the movie. This movie is not as much about the story as it is about the story telling. This movie has its share of faults, but deserved a 6.5 at the very least. Do watch it if you like the old movies where the hero sticks to a set of principles and comes out on top. Trivikram's punch dialogues are missing, but his philosophical dialogues and observations are aplenty. The caption, values are assets, is certainly brought out very well in the movie.

Pros: Story telling, character development, acting
Cons: Editing
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Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - No
Nik on 3rd May 2015, 7:48pm | Permalink
The movie was better than the review here.... everyone has their own point of view anyway ;-) great movie after Julai...

Pros: story, dialogues, visuals,
Cons: none
RATING
8
barbie on 16th Apr 2015, 1:57pm | Permalink
this movie is related to family emotions as the old films.so it is suitable for those who like family entertainers.
Saradhi on 15th Apr 2015, 2:23pm | Permalink
Adedo cinemalo dialogue cheppinattu "EM THEESAADRA CINEMA". Spending 3 hours time for this movie is really horrible. Asalu ee cienemaa avvadaa anipinchindi. okkadanukunte ok, useless fellows andaru over actione. Especially Upendra, Rajendra Prasad and brahmanandam. Irritating. Yaak Thuuuuu....
Sai on 13th Apr 2015, 12:23am | Permalink
accurate review.
The Common Movie Goer on 12th Apr 2015, 11:21pm | Permalink
Again, I disagree with Ravi Kandala's rating. 4.5 for this movie is harsh when you consider his other ratings. Sure the movie is low on laughs and overall entertainment, and you will feel your mind wandering in parts of the movie, but you will certainly empathize/sympathize with the hero. Rajendra Prasad, Prakash Raj and the rest of the supporting cast do a stellar job.

What really let down the movie was the editing. The editor should have removed certain portions which did not add any value to the movie. This movie is not as much about the story as it is about the story telling. This movie has its share of faults, but deserved a 6.5 at the very least. Do watch it if you like the old movies where the hero sticks to a set of principles and comes out on top. Trivikram's punch dialogues are missing, but his philosophical dialogues and observations are aplenty. The caption, values are assets, is certainly brought out very well in the movie.

Pros: Story telling, character development, acting
Cons: Editing
aleel_anhsirk on 18th Apr 2015, 3:08pm | Permalink
All of this,for a 6.5 rating.
6.5 or 4.5 big difference.
sunny leone on 11th Apr 2015, 11:47pm | Permalink
Throw logic into the toilet and flush it before going to this film.
homer on 10th Apr 2015, 5:56am | Permalink
Horrible movie great review
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