Thursday, February 22, 2024

Saindhav Movie Review : Incompetent thriller



Release Date January 13, 2024

Cast – Venkatesh Daggubati , Baby Ssara Palekar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Arya, Shraddha Srinath, Ruhani Sharma, Andrea Jeremiah, Jisshu sen gupta, Mukesh Rishi, JP, Getup Srinu and others…

Crew – Written & Directed By Dr. Sailesh Kolanu Producer : Venkat Boyanapalli Banner : Niharika Entertainment Co Producer : Kishore Thallur DOP : S.Manikandan Music : Santosh Narayan Editor : Garry Bh Production Designer : Avinash Kolla VFX Supervisor : Praveen Ghanta Executive Producer : S Venkatarathnam (Venkat) PRO : Vamsi Shekar Publicity Designer : Anil & Bhanu Marketing : CZONE Digital Network Music Label: Saregama Event Partner: You We Media.

What is the story?

The backdrop is a seaport town where lawlessness rules the roost. Saindhav aka Saiko (played by Venkatesh), enjoys a peaceful life until his school-going daughter Gayatri (portrayed by Sara Palekar) is diagnosed with a deadly disorder. Saiko’s neighbor, a taxi driver named Manu (played by Shraddha Srinath), offers him emotional support. But Saiko has to acquire an injection worth Rs 17 Cr to save Gayatri. Driven by desperation to save her, Saindhav agrees to assassinate a gangster named Vikas Malik (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).


Venkatesh: Most intense performance from him since ‘Narappa’.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Very good in some scenes, over-the-top in others.
Shraddha Srinath: Somewhat artificial.
Baby Sara: Cute!
Andrea Jeremiah: The lady villain.
Others: Ravi Varma, Jayaprakash, Mukesh Rishi, Getup Srinu and Arya are mid.

Technical Departments:

Background Score: Straight from poor man’s Anirudh Ravichander.
Songs: Santhosh Narayanan delivers no impact.
Cinematography: Above-average.
Production Design: The effort and hardwork shows.

What works?

1. The storyline.
2. The last 10 minutes.
3. Venkatesh’s relentless performance.
4. The excellent sound design.

What Doesn’t Work?

1. The action blocks are not unique.
2. Predictable to the core.
3. Imitating Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vikram’ without understanding the deeper aspects of that film.
4. Lack of twists and turns.
5. Convenient plot turns.


‘Saindhav’ would have worked when Venkatesh was busy teaming up with the likes of Meher Ramesh for duds like ‘Shadow’. In 2024, when a whole bunch of new-age action thrillers have altered the game, this film is simply not worth it.


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