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SIR: Dhanush excels in this not-so-well-crafted old trope social drama

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Cast: Dhanush, Samyuktha, Samuthirakani, Sai Kumar, Tanikella Bharani, Narra Srinivas, Hyder Aadhi, Aadukalam Naren, Ilavarasu, Rajendran
Director: Venky Atluri
Producers: Naga Vamsi and Sai Soujanya
Music: GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: J Yuvraj
Editor: Navin Nooli

K. Ramya Sree

The film is set in the 1990s in Siripuram village in Andhra Pradesh. Tripathi (played by Samuthirakani) is a business giant in the education sector, who runs the Tripathi Group of Institutions. He and his associates decide to adopt several government institutions and send some of their faculty there. Balagangadhar (played by Dhanush) works for the Tripathi Group of Institutions and he is sent to teach the students at Siripuram Siripuram Government College. Under his guidance, the students there, who once barely attended college, now score marks in first class. Eventually, Balagangadhar learns about the scam by Tripathi and revolts against him which puts him in trouble. Now how did he help his students bag EAMCET ranks, educate them under the tiring circumstances and more is the basic plot.

Dhanush delivers a fantastic performance. It looked like his role as a lecturer was tailor-made for him. Like his any other film, he looked very natural in his performance. He pulled off the emotional scenes so well that you will be totally involved in watching that particular scene on screen. He steals the stage with his effective performance.

Samyuktha Menon plays Dhanush’s love interest. She is a Biology lecturer. Although she has a limited screen time, she made her presence felt.

Samuthirakani got the same routine villain’s role and there’s much to talk about his performance as we all know how he excels playing an antagonist and the same is the case with this film too.

Sai Kumar, Hyper Aadi, and others did good in their parts and we can say that the casting in the film was well done.

The entire cast gave what the screenplay calls for.

Director Venky Atluri used the tried-and-true route. The narrative and its message are both stale, yet it was beautifully illustrated, even though it had its misses. Trivikram is to thank for the film’s witty dialogue, which helps to support this predictable plot. The comedy of Hyper Aadi, the love track between Dhanush and Samyuktha, and the connections Dhanush forges with his students all contribute to the first half’s smooth flow.

The second half is predictable and occasionally lags. It is, nonetheless, very emotional. The narration could’ve been better in the second half to avoid the lag, a few scenes were too cliché and dragged. This movie seems to be in favour of the Telugu audiences, be it casting or the making.

The music of GV Prakash helps the movie, notably his song Mastaru. The BGM enhances the pace of the movie. J. Yuvaraj’s cinematography was tidy and uncluttered, although Naveen Nooli’s editing could have been more precise.

Overall, the movie is a solid social drama with a significant message. Although it follows a tried and tested formula, it is high on emotions. Fans of Dhanush are in for a real treat.

Rating: 3/5

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