Suryakaanti is a commercial movie made on the story of an international contract killer. The highlights of the movie are Chetan Kumar's energetic performance, Maestro Ilayaraja's music, Aa Dinagalu fame HC Venu's camera work and Narayana Swamy's fresh story.
Director KM Chaitanya has got excellent script for the movie Suryakaanti. He has tight grip on the narration and his apt placement of songs, fights and other sequences help him in maintaining the tempo and creating the curiosity among the audience. When compared to his previous movie Aa Dinagalu, he has added a lot of commercial elements in the film Suryakaanti.
The film Suryakaanti begins with curiosity about a murder plot and the director has tried to develope love between Rohith alias Surya and Kaanti besides the murder plot. When the audience are about to feel that the movie is moving in some other direction, the director ends the first half with another curiosity by unravelling the victim's identity of murder plot. This makes the audience tighten their seat belts in the second half, which becomes very serious.
Rohith (Chetan Kumar) is an international contract killer, who sets out from Uzbekistan on a mission to kill a person in Bangalore. His mistaken identity forces him to become his look alike Surya. Ultimately, he becomes the CEO of the Saheb group of Industries and gets engaged to owner Appa Saheb's (Ramakrishna) daughter Kaanti (Regina Cassandra). His internal turmoil about whether to pursue his duty or follow his heart will form the rest of the story and it should be watched on-screen.
Chetan Kumar rocks the audiences with his action-packed performance. Meanwhile, he also steals the heart of girls by stripping of his shirt and showing off his macho-man body on many occasions. Regina Cassandra has played a decent role and she excels in it. As Kaanti's grandfather, Tamil actor Nasser and Enagi Nataraj as his assistant win the heart of the viewers with their comedy. Ramkrishna, Kishori Ballal, Asif and Bollywood actor Ganesh Yadav are also best in their respective roles.
Besides good story and performance, the film Suryakaanti has rich technical values too. Ilayaraja has composed music for six songs, which are soothing. Especially songs like 'Swalpa Soundu Jasti Maadu...', pathos songs 'Edeya Bagilu...' and 'Mauni Naanu...' will echo in the minds of audience even after they are out of theatre. HC Venu's Cameraman is also worth commendable. He has captured the beautiful locations of Uzbekistan, Uttaranchal, Belgaum, Goa and Karwar in couple of songs and other sequences. Ravivarma's four fight sequences are also wonderful.
Finally, the movie is not out of loopholes. The director should have dropped a few unnecessary characters and given more scope to Enagi Nataraj and Appa Saheb's roles. Secondly, 75% of the movie has been shot in Belgaum but it lacks nativity. If KM Chaitanya had used more of Belgaum dialect, he would have created more comedy. He seems to have failed in establishing the transformation theme and background music is nil which could have helped him making the movie even more interest. The movie does not have dance numbers.
In a nutshell, the movie Suryakaanti has original and interesting story and director has put in lot of effort to breathe life in it. It can be watched and enjoyed once. Girls don't miss to watch shirtless Chetan.
Producer: Sujata BN
Director: KM Chaitanya
Cast: Chetan Kumar, Regina Cassandra, Nasser, Ganesh Yadav, Ramkrishna, Kishori Ballal Enagi Nataraj and Asif