Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan, Anjali, Nivetha Thomas, Prakash Raj, Ananya Nagalla and others
Dialogue: Mamidala Tirupathi
Music: Thaman SS
Cinematography: PS Vinod
Editor: Prawin Pudi
Production designer: Rajeevan
Producers: Raju – Sirish
Scenario – Director: Sriram Venu
Publication date: April 09, 2021
“Vacheel Saab” is the most anticipated film of the year. Pawan Kalyan, who is also involved in politics, is making a comeback in the cinema after a long hiatus of three years. Amid high expectations, the film is here to captivate audiences.
Vemula Pallavi (Nivetha Thomas), Zareena (Anjali) and Divya (Ananya Nagalla) are roommates and attend a party at the invitation of one of the girl’s friends, Vamsi. At the party, Vamsi tries to harass Pallavi and she hits him with a bottle. Both boys and girls bring cases against each other.
Satya Dev (Pawan Kalyan), a lawyer who has his troubles to deal with and demons to fight with, takes up the girl’s case. Nanda (Prakash Raj) defends the boys.
Can Vakeel Saab win the case as all circumstantial evidence is directed against the three girls?
Performances by artists:
It is a great challenge for any actor to step into the shoes of a character originally played by the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan. However, Pawan Kalyan played the part in his style, showcasing his star charism as well as some intense acting in the second half. He looks quite old to play the role of a student in the flashback episodes.
Shruti Haasan appears as Pawan Kalyan’s wife in a flashback episode.
Nivetha Thomas, who proved her mettle in several films, has used her meaty role effectively by displaying impeccable acting skills. As Pallavi, she leaves a strong mark. Anjali and Ananya both fit their roles perfectly. Anjali delivers solid performance in a breakdown sequence.
Prakash Raj as a lawyer Nanda is exceptional as always.
Unlike ‘Pink’, ‘Vakeel Saab’ is made with a larger budget. PS Vinod’s camerawork shines in the courtroom sequences. Rajeevan’s sets and overall production design are authentic and stylish.
Thaman’s songs fit the theme. The song ‘Maguva Maguva’ has already been a hit parade. But his real talent can be seen in the background score.
Dialogue writing is neat. Editing should have been crispy.
The message of the film
Arguments in court
The star power of Pawan Kalyan
Unlinking of Pawan Kalyan’s flashback
Overt commercial elements
Unnecessary fights and political dialogues
‘Vakeel Saab’ is the official remake of the 2016 Bollywood movie Pink. The Hindi movie was essentially a courtroom drama. It was later remade with Ajith in Tamil.
While the core of the story is faithful to the Hindi version, Telugu director Sriram Venu has also made many changes to keep Pawan Kalyan’s fans happy.
Unlike the original movie, this one starts with the song “Maguva Maguva”, which tells about the virtues of women and what the world would be like without them.
“Vacheel Saab” starts with three young women and how they ended up in a business. After establishing this point, Pawan Kalyan enters the scene as a lawyer with a drinking habit.
For about 20 minutes, the film alternates between the three girls’ story and Pawan Kalyan’s sequences and then suddenly goes into its flashback episode.
The flashback story is long and reveals why he became a lawyer and how he met his wife (Shruti Haasan) and how she died. This part of the story may appeal to fans of Pawan Kalyan, but for the general public it’s pretty boring.
Plus, Pawan Kalyan looks pretty jaded in this section too. There are also many political dialogues that don’t work much.
Fortunately, the film comes out of the interval on the main point of ‘Pink’ and does not deviate further. It’s the second half of the movie that worked well.
The film attacks the mentality of tagging women based on their own and exposes the rules society has set for women.
Although the entire second half takes place in court, the director has made sure that it becomes an engaging watch by adding some extra scenes and good dialogue between Prakash Raj and Pawan Kalyan.
We can see this film in two ways: either because it has openly watered down its strong message for commercial reasons, or as a big star film that is also true to its original message. Either way, “Vakeel Saab” is a decent watch.
Despite the aforementioned problems, “Vakeel Saab” is a film with a message in a commercial format. Some servings worked well, some didn’t. But it’s making a perfect comeback for Pawan Kalyan.