Director Karuna Kumar takes a mainstream strategy with the presence of Sudheer Babu, whereas making an attempt to maintain the narrative gritty
Director Karuna Kumar’s Palasa 1978 (2020) was in a uncooked, rustic area and explored caste politics with characters that weren’t sometimes white and black. With Sridevi Soda Center, Karuna Kumar takes a mainstream strategy given the presence of actor Sudheer Babu and tries to maintain the narrative gritty whereas discussing problems with honour.
The movie is ready within the Godavari belt, which is commonly explored by Telugu cinema for its picturesque high quality. Instead of exhibiting us an airbrushed Godavari area, Karuna Kumar and cinematographer Shamdat present us small-town festivities the place the fault strains of sophistication and caste divisions run deep, defying the celebratory lights. Suri Babu (Sudheer Babu) is the lighting professional for all festivities within the village. He, his father (Raghu Babu) and pal (Satyam Rajesh) take pleasure of their work and refuse to be submissive to Kasi (Pavel Navageetham).
Sridevi Soda Center
- Cast: Sudheer Babu, Anandhi
- Direction: Karuna Kumar
- Music: Mani Sharma
An adrenaline-pumping boat race that unfolds on sun-kissed waters units the stage for battles to observe. Sudheer Babu reveals off his ripped muscle tissues within the slow-motion photographs and Mani Sharma’s rousing background rating units the temper. This is probably Karuna Kumar’s manner of drawing those that are used to mainstream narratives to remain invested within the proceedings, earlier than navigating uncomfortable areas within the story (Nagendra Kasi shares the writing credit).
The romance between Suri Babu and Sridevi (Anandhi) unfolds at an unhurried tempo. Since it’s simple to guess the motives of the principle antagonist, an important reveal within the latter half doesn’t maintain any shock.
Karuna Kumar reveals his playing cards within the third act, when the story progresses past the great man Vs. dangerous man trope. Suri may be up in opposition to an clearly adverse Kasi, however what does one make of a father (V Ok Naresh) who takes pleasure in his daughter’s fiery nature however fails to know that she has company in selecting the person she desires to reside with?
‘He might be a good guy, but not our guy’, he says, pointing to caste divisions. The dialog between the daddy and daughter, the place he asserts that he’ll maintain on to his concepts of household and societal honour even when the world is altering, and she or he emphasising that she, who has a complete life forward of her, received’t bend to outdated concepts, is among the many greatest scenes in an in any other case predictable movie.
Though it is a totally different story, subconsciously I drew a parallel to the father-daughter confrontation in Uppena in addition to director Vetrimaaran’s Or Iravu section within the Netflix Tamil anthology Paava Kadhaigal.
Sridevi Soda Center has many issues going for it — Sudheer Babu navigates the massy segments and rises to the problem of portraying the emotional upheavals of a man who’s cornered; Anandhi is charming the place wanted and emphatic in parts that require her to be greater than only a fairly face; Raghu Babu and Satyam Rajesh are good of their assigned duties. The soda Center, shadow puppets and occasional people music intensify the country milieu.
However, overdoing the mainstream indulgences pulls the movie down. Take as an example the combat sequence between Sudheer and Ajay. Though effectively choreographed, it does nothing for the story. The similar goes for a few songs that add to the size of the movie (154 minutes).
Sridevi Soda Center is the type of movie that occurs when art-house and mainstream meet halfway however it’s not seamless. There are a number of memorable moments and hard-hitting segments, however the movie doesn’t sweep you off your toes.