August 10, 2020 | 8:50 AM IST
saaho review

Review: Prabhas starrer Saaho is loosely woven maze; filmmakers accused of stealing artwork

Prabhas starrer multi-lingual spy-thriller Saaho released on Friday all over the country. The film has been the talk of the town ever since it was announced. The Rs 350 crore movie failed to receive the accolades from the critics as it was expecting and instead the filmmakers have been accused for stealing the artwork.
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Helmed by Sujeeth, the film has an ensemble of stars including Shraddha Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay, and Murali Sharma among others. While the film promises to be an extravagant spectacle, action sequences have been taken care of by Hollywood’s action director Kenny Bates and stunt director Peng Zhang. 

The basic storyline has been inspired from a French film Largo Winch. The story revolves around an undercover cop, Ashok Chakravarthy (Prabhas), and a glamorous-looking crime branch officer Amrita (Shraddha Kapoor), together with investigating a Rs 2000 crore robbery in Mumbai. The tough-talking cop Amrita has been portrayed as a lady in distress and often needs to be rescued by the protagonist.

Together they chase the goons linked to the fictitious Waaji city spearheaded by Roy (Jackie Shroff) who also wants to establish his business in India. Roy lands in India to meet his son (Arun Vijay) but lose his life during a clash with staunch rival Devraj (Chunky Pandey). Soon there starts a fight for power and the gangsters are after a black box that holds the key for a large amount of wealth and power followed by clashes between the rivals. 
 Viewers found the first half of the movie not quite holding or without many of jaw-dropping moments, but the action sequences were quite impressive.  Even the romantic scenes between Ashok and Amrita lack the spark.

Overall, the movie has turned out to be a disaster with a weak storyline, too many unconvincing villains, un-timely placed songs and unwanted visual effects and of course a loosely woven maze of twists and turns.

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