Saamy - Movie Review

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 21:00
Saamy (2018)
Cast & Crew: 

Film: Saamy
Cast: Vikram, Keerthy Suresh, Aishwarya Rajesh, Bobby Simha, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Soori, Prabhu, Mayuri Sudha Chandran, Aishwarya,
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Priyan, Venkatesh Anguraj
Editing: V. T. Vijayan, T. S. Jay
Producer: Bellam Ramakrishna Reddy, Kavya Venugopal
Story, screenplay, dialogue and direction: Hari
Release date: September 21, 2018
Running time: 156 Minutes

'Saamy', a sequel to Tamil movie ‘Saamy’ which was remade in Telugu as ‘Lakshmi Narasimha’ with Balakrishna and Asin, hit the screens. Let's find out what works and what doesn't for the film.  


Delhi-based Ramasamy (Vikram) is waiting to become an IAS officer. He works for a Union Cabinet Minister named Vishwanath (Prabhu) and his daughter Divya (Keerthy Suresh) falls in love with him soon after a fight scene. As destiny would have it, Ramasamy becomes an IPS officer instead. Posting is in Vijayawada, the same place where Ravana Bikshu (Bobby Simha), a dreaded money laundering gangster, rules the roost.

Now, this Ravana wants to eliminate Ramasamy as soon as possible because his father Parusuramasamy (Vikram, again) had killed his father (Kota in a cameo). Ramasamy wants to kill Bikshu for a similar reason.  The rest of the film is about how the hero takes on the villain with lots of loud ferocity. 

What works:

Vikram is good, at least compared to films like 'Inkokkadu'. Some mass moments are there. But they are few and far between.  

What Doesn't Work:

This is classic example for lousy filmmaking, In the name of “mass masala”, some directors are churning out mindless, illogical stories. The film’s first half narrates what happened in the first movie (the original Tamil movie ‘Saamy’ that was released some 15 years ago) and some silly romantic track is established. Added to this, there is Soory’s inane ‘kya’ comedy.

The second half is about how the hero and the villain repeatedly confront each other, repeatedly scream, repeatedly spill blood (of others), repeatedly go back to their homes only to repeatedly come back to shout, so on and so forth.  This kind of screenplay really tests the patience of the audience.  

The director wants to showcase Ramasamy as the best person alive. So, he makes him lecture to the heroine to never fall in love as his good father will be hurt by her behavior.  Pray, why will she fall in love with someone else after falling in love with him?

In this action film, God only knows what made the director conceive a fantasy element. Every time Ramasamy is touched physically by a police uniform, he loses his mind. He becomes someone else as if he has bipolar disorder. He even chooses IPS instead of IAS because he is possessed, presumably by his late father's soul! Even though he gets top rank, Ramaswamy selects IPS instead of IAS because before entering into the interview room, a police officer’s uniform touched his arm. Lo, his mind was changed with this! How silly?

The villain is so powerful that he can kidnap the Union Minister's daughter in broad daylight and hold her to ransom. But, such a villain finds it impossible to even touch an ordinary IPS officer that is our hero. Reason? He has the support of President of India. How come this President of India doesn't step in when dozens of workers are killed in a firecracker unit by the villain is a mystery!

Our hero saves Keerthy Suresh from kidnappers. She just had a close shave with death but, while coming back home with our ferocious hero, she tells him she loves him as if there is no tomorrow. This is day after he slapped her for no understandable reason.

The whole narration is clumsy.

Performances & Technical departments:

If Vikram is good, Keerthy Suresh is dumb. She also looks understandably uninterested. Whoever dubbed for her did a shoddy job. Bobby Simha is an over-rated villain for sure. And just because he has a thick beard, it doesn't mean he is a wow factor. Devi Sri Prasad's RR is totally a mess. It's not his mistake as Hari must have asked him to be that way. Venkatesh Anguraj's cinematography is very average.  

Bottom line: 'Saamy' is loud and doesn't give itself some much-needed rest at any point in the film. This is total mess from the word go. Headache-inducing movie, need bottles of Amrutanjan or Zandu Balm to watch this.

Reviewed by: 
Vishwanath V