For starters, the reason Sahasam is being compared with Indiana Jones is not because it's neither the copy of it nor even half as good as it. It's simply because it's a reasonably better Telugu film made along the lines of the Hollywood flick.
Wielding the megaphone after four years, National award-winning
director Chandrasekhar Yeleti has givev Telugu audiences an
appetising desi flavour with technical finesse that is certainly
better than several meaningless films that come week after week,
but doesn't quite leave an impact.
Gautham, played by Gopichand, works as a security guard and
aspires to earn easy money through lottery until one day, when he
comes to learn about a hidden a treasure trove of 900 diamonds and
other ornaments in Hingalji Devi temple housed in Pakistan. When
Gautham discovers that his grandfather Suryanarayana Varma buried
the treasure years ago, it becomes his sole responsibility to
lawfully claim what belongs to him. As the title suggests, does
Gautham have the bravery in him to fight for the treasure amidst
several obstacles along the way? This forms the rest of the
Sahasam stays away from the usual, melodramatic love
saga and instead focuses on developing an engrossing story of a
treasure hunt. This is one of the reasons why you don't regret
watching it even though it's partly cliched.
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Yeleti's Style of Filmmaking
A look at Yeleti's short filmography reveals that the director
hasn't made two films in the same genre. This in itself is a rarity
among filmmakers, who are nowadays driven by the never ending urge
to make love stories with two heroines, a flashback and an
invincible hero. This has been the definition of Telugu cinema for
many years now. Luckily that phase is gradually fading out,
allowing a new crop of filmmakers to bear the onus and give us
films that don't just entertain but inspire.
A Tailor-Made Role For Gopichand
Sahasam also marks the comeback of Gopichand,
especially after a series of flops. He makes the best use of this
opportunity in his tailor-made role that merges action and humour
to give an overall satisfying output.
Narration Of Sahasam
The film has a roller-coaster in its first half, but the
following half doesn't quite seem as exciting as the first. The
last half hour that eventually leads to the climax, is the best 30
minutes of the film. Watch out for it!
Shakti Kapoor In Sahasam
Shakti Kapoor shines in his role and proves why he is the most
underrated villains of Indian cinema. Tapsee Pannu barely has any
part to play, while the rest of the cast was decent in their
Technical Stuff In Sahasam
The film's technical brilliance is breathtaking, especially the
visuals in Ladakh are out of this world. Shyam Dutt's
cinematography is truly a visual experience worth every buck. Also
helping the film gain some attention is the background by
Sahasam is certainly not Yeleti's best and not even his
worst yet. It's a film you will enjoy if you happen to watch, but
wouldn't mind even if you don't watch.
Cast & Crew
Producer: BVSN Prasad
Director: Chandrasekhar Yeleti
Cast: Gopichand, Taapsee Pannu, Shakti Kapoor and others
Music Director: Sri
Release date: July 12, 2013