There is something special about movies that fall under the genre called ‘Family-Drama’. This genre revolves around family sentiments. It can either get melodramatic or light-hearted. One main USP of such films is that they are packaged to attract the audience’s attention. The makers hope that movie watchers will get sentimentally attached with the on-screen characters. These films have action, drama, comedy and the right amount of sentiment. Directed by an established director and a popular hero, such movies turn out to be crowd pullers. Some even manage to become blockbusters. One such film that manages to have the right recipe for success is director Trivikram Srinivas’ S/O Satyamurthy (SOS).
After treating the audience with Julayi, Trivikram Srinivas and Allu Arjun are back with SOS. The story of this film rests on two completely different plots. The first-half tries to narrate the tale of the broken family, and how Anand’s ‘never-say-die attitude’ leads him to help his family. The second-half, though, delves into an entirely new plot and explores the cause of his father’s death. This might have seemed like two alien plots in one movie, but director Trivikram tries to justify this diverse plot by adding an interesting twist that bridges the gap between them.
There are some good things to enjoy in this movie. Confusing comic tales in the movie might remind you of a few scenes in Tamil and Telugu films. The film’s dialogues mostly deal with family values and ethics that become repetitive but aren’t preachy. Every scene in the film looks visually pleasing thanks to Prasad Murella’s cinematography. Although the tunes sound familiar, Devi Sri Prasad gives us some foot-tapping numbers. The setting and choreography of the song ‘Come to the party’ bears a strong resemblance to the hit Hindi number ‘Badtameez Dil‘. The idea was to probably win some whistles from the audience or maybe have a dance number for two heroines in one frame.
Artists like Kota Srivivas, Prakash Raj, Sampath give brief appearances in the film that almost feel like insignificant cameos. If only the roles were a little longer. In a small yet important role, Sneha is a delight to watch on screen, especially since she dubbed Tamil and Telugu in her own voice. Nithya Menen and Samantha also give a good performance. Samantha‘s characterization and the fact that she’s a diabetic may not add to the plot, but her comic scenes are pictured well. Brahmanandam‘s funny one-liners and rhyming words are sure to make you laugh.
But the actors who stole the show in the film are Allu Arjun and Upendra. Looking dapper in custom made suits, Allu Arjun’s flamboyant on-screen presence works well for his character. He dances well and delivers his lines with intensity. Though, it could have been better if the actor was styled keeping in mind each situation. Mouthing both, Telugu and Tamil lines, Kannada star Upendra does a stellar job of a menacing villain. He is the powerful yet compassionate don who follows the formula of being good to the good and bad to the evil. The biggest downside of the film is its lengthy run time and a very slow narrative.
Why you should watch the movie:
If you’re looking for a film that has a good dose of entertainment with good family sentiments, then this movie is for you. Trivikram and Allu Arjun will not fail to entertain you with this film.