Movie Review: Saaho tests your patience and leaves you with a miserable headache

Cast: Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Neil Nitin Mukesh and others | Rating: 1.5/5


After experiencing huge success with Bahubali, a lot is expected from superstar Prabhas. He was once popular for his roles in Telugu films, but Bahubali made him a national phenomenon. His recent release, Saaho, created a lot of buzz when the trailer was launched, and a lot is at stake for the makers as they have invested ₹350 crores in this action-adventure film. Besides the budget, the film also boasts of an eminent cast which includes names like Jackie Shroff, Mahesh Manjrekar, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Pandey, and many others.

Fans and audience have been expecting a lot from the action-adventure, but unfortunately, it fails to entertain, even a tad bit. The film lacks the core element of what is expected in a film, i.e. storytelling. The plot of the film may seem good, but the narrative makes it weak, and the dialogues (in Hindi) only worsens the experience.

The first half of the film seems as though you are watching a poorly dubbed South Indian film (usually seen on TV channels) on a 70mm screen. Prabhas and Shraddha's chemistry starts on a bad note, and it strengthens just during the second half, but unfortunately, the film gets flat and boring. The second half of Saaho has the action sequences, but they don't impress you enough. The story, twists, and plot do not have context or relevance, leaving you confused with what's shown. With a runtime of 170 minutes, Saaho is snail-paced, exhausting and drains you to a point, where you would go weak to watch the climax.

The actors have performed fairly well, and do not offer anything extraordinary or memorable. Usually, many actors try to make a mark with action-adventure films, as they give them a new scope for actors to deliver something new. However, except Prabhas and Shraddha, there is no one in Saaho who performs any stunts, eventually making them merely characters of words.

Music is another weak-link in Saaho, and none of the songs fit the narrative. They are forcefully inserted between sequences, with an aim to add a new element to the film, but sigh, that makes it even worse. If looked closely, visual effects come across as patchy and poor, disappointing tech, creative experts and fans. Such grave errors, in fact, raise questions regarding the right use of massive ₹350 budget. 

To sum it up, Jarring music, weak story+narrative, poor dialogues, and mediocre characters, make Saaho barely entertaining. The tiring 170-minute film will test your patience and leave you with a headache. Please carry your medication along!

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