Shaakuntalam film evaluation. Epic misfire

We’re someplace within the historical previous, however for King Dushyant, issues are transferring at breakneck pace. He fends off a gang of tigers after which a raging elephant, falls exhausting for the gorgeous Shakuntala, and battles an enemy military all in in the future.

Dushyant and Shankutala married the gods and plenty of animals current. Through the ceremony, the tiger’s low roar is an early warning that bother is forward for the wounded two. It comes within the type of bad-tempered sage Durvasa and the characters’ annoying tendency to chorus from sharing info which may put the characters out of their impending distress.

Gunsekhari ShaakuntalamThe most recent adaptation of Kalidasa’s century-old play Shakuntala, was made in Telugu and dubbed into Hindi. The visible effects-heavy movie, which additionally has a 3D model, is ready in an historical wonderland that resembles a Disney theme park with idyllic backdrops, tame animals and laid-back individuals.

By the point Shakuntala (Samantha) utters the immortal phrases ‘tan ki taap’ (physique warmth) to explain her emotions for the hunky Dushyant (Dev Mohan), the movie is properly on its manner. Animals and birds, lots of them pc generated, fortunately participate within the proceedings. Birds sing together with the morning non secular prayer. Predators and prey rub shoulders in an ideal manner. Folks transfer in a manner that there’s a excellent phrase for in English: they’re gamblers.

Dev Mohan and Samantha in Shaakunthalam (2023). Regards, Sri Venkateswara Creations.

The closely Sanskritized Hindi dialogue satirized to good impact by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in his 1973 movie Chupke Chupke! – has already began to elicit giggles that flip into uncontrollable roars when Shakuntala decides to precise her anger. It is a robust problem then to take critically a 142-minute movie that resolutely descends, revealing each melodramatic milestone in Shakuntala’s journey.

Director Gunasekhar, who has a variety of respectable hits to his identify, from Okadu to: Rudhramadevi, retains its powder dry in the one division that finally issues. Alagarsam’s Mayaan video game-like visible results and Ashok Kumar’s manufacturing design convincingly conjure up the marvel that’s sorely missing within the script.

The performing is usually skilled, except for Aditi Balan as Shakuntala’s keen boyfriend. Numerous acquainted faces attempt to disappear into Neeta Lulla’s showy costumes, from Madhu as Shakuntala’s mom Menaka and Jishu Sengupta as Indra to Sachin Khedekar as Shakuntala’s foster father and Mohan Babu because the cursed Durvasa. With little consideration paid to character growth, the performances are as plastic because the movie appears to be like.

The crux of the story is probably the most underserved. Shakuntala isn’t his spouse. Deserted on Earth by her mother and father, raised in an ashram, rejected by her love, cursed by a sage, abused by the king’s courtiers, Shakuntala lives too intently to the prophecy she was placed on Earth for one goal: to hold. the son who will usher in a golden age for mankind.

That son is performed by a Telugu lady star Allu Arjun’s daughter Arha. Exhibiting the identical perspective as his father determine Pushpa. Elevating, Arha steals the movie from Samantha and Dev Mohan. He does not need to attempt too exhausting.

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