Story:Saguni starts with a good political drama and Kamal Kannan [Karthi] makes a cool entry. Kamal is a cool and simple guy, who has just come down to Chennai city from his town Samarlakota, to seek the help of politicians in a bid to save his ancestral home that is scheduled for demolition to build a Railway track. Kamal faces many negotiations from the leaders, especially from Bhupathi [Prakash Raj], who is the corrupt and cruel Chief Minister. Dejected Karthi decides to gain political powers, knowing that is the only way to save his property. In the mean time Kamal happens to meet Apparao Durai alias Rajini [Santhanam], a local auto driver Rajini, who helps Kamal in achieving his objective. Meanwhile, Kamal meets his lady named Sri Devi [Praneetha] along with his mother Aunty [Roja], who lives in Chennai.
Kamal starts implementing his ideas to gain political powers and in the process, he first meets a local lady money lender cum Don, played by Radhika, who becomes Mayor of Chennai. How will Kamal manage to survive from the evil attacks of Bhupathi? What ideas did he cherish to make Radhika and Sanyasi [Nasser] popular? Is Kamal able to save his property? Forms the Saguni story.
Karthi delivered a natural and controlled performance and he looked handsome in the film. Unlike his earlier movies he played a different role and he carried the film on his shoulders in a convincing manner, proving himself a big mass hero.
Praneetha is glamorous, but she has nothing for performance in Saguni. Her role is limited to songs and just a bunch of scenes.
Prakash Raj as an evil CM is perfect and the role is a cakewalk for him, Santhanam steals the show with his good comic timing and political punch dialogues, Radhika as a local don is impressive, Anushka and Andrea have done cameos, Kota Srinivasa Rao and Nasser are at their usual best.
Cinematography is an asset and quite appealing. All the songs are colorfully picturised for the peppy and mass numbers composed by GV Prakash. Background score was alright. A. Sreekar Prasad’s editing could have been better trimming down the unwanted scenes in the initial half. Dialogues are good and entertaining. Direction by debutant Shankar Dayal is not upto the mark. Production Values are rich.
Saguni is a political drama and few of the episodes are targeted on the current happenings in politics which makes an interesting plot. But Shankar Dayal could not make it much exciting with quite slow paced narration. Though the first half had a good entertainment in parts, the narration is slow and the actual story begins only before 15 minutes of the interval with Radhika entrance. Few of the scenes like the satires on the current political systems and the schemes the parties offer will gel well with the audiences. However, there are major loopholes in the script and director has taken too many liberties. Despite the appreciable story, the faltered screenplay and the confusing narration with an abrupt climax plays the spoilsport for Saguni. Karthi, Sanathanam, Prakash Raj and Radhika’s performances, the storyline are the positive points while the weak screenplay and slow paced narrations becomes the negatives of Saguni.
Go watch Saguni for the political satires by Karthi & Santhanam…….