'Gaali Sampath' is out in theatres today (March 11). Let's find out what works and what doesn't work in the film.
Gaali Sampath (Rajendra Prasad) has differences with his son (Sree Vishnu), who is unhappy with his irresponsible ways. When the son falls in love with the daughter (Lovely Singh) of the village's sarpanch, Sampath ends up committing a blunder. This angers the son, who goes ballistic. To make the matters worse, Sampath accidentally slips and falls into a deep pit. Can the father-son duo ever patch up?
Rajendra Prasad plays the challenging role of a dumb person with ease. He is emotional as well as comedic, as demanded by the script, in fitting parts. Sree Vishnu's talent comes to the fore in the second half. His scenes with Lovely Singh are overshadowed by the father-son scenes. The female lead is so-so.
Besides Satya and Raghu Babu, the film also features Srikanth Iyengar, Tanikella Bharani, Anish Kuruvilla, Mirchi Kiran and others.
Achu Rajamani's songs, especially the 'Fififee' one, are apt for the genre. The BGM is just about ok. The second half had some of the high moments in terms of BGM. Sai Sriram's cinematography is average.
Director Anish has teamed up with story-writer S Krishna, whose story was developed by Anil Ravipudi. The 'Sarileru Neekevvaru' director has written the film's screenplay and dialogue, making sure to borrow from a few of his sensibilities. While all of his directorial outings have been box-office hits, 'Gaali Sampath' becomes Ravipudi's first underwhelming writing assignment.
The way the scenes are narrated, the audience hardly feels pity or pain. Rajendra Prasad's character had so much potential to evoke sympathy. But the potential is lost in the din. Sree Vishnu doesn't get to speak strong lines, barring one or two.
The love track is jaded, while the comedy scenes involving the likes of Satya stop making sense after a point.
The film's soul was supposed to lie in the second half, where the father faces a huge crisis. But the way the scenes pan out, they are laughable rather than heart-touching.
The climax is a total disappointment. The ending is convenient. At less than 120 minutes, the film doesn't make any lasting impact.
'Gaali Sampath' is a forgettable movie with some ridiculous writing marring its chances.