Karthi's Saguni, billed as a political-satire, sets an example of an ordinary screenplay born out of a weakest story. What was expected to be as the edge-of-the-seat entertainer has merely turned out to be a loosely-made film with no logics whatsoever! The only silver line of the Tamil film is Santhanam's comedy.
The film begins with the death of CM played by Chandramohan, a political conspiracy hatched by Bhupati (Prakash Raj), thereby setting the tone of the film on a serious note. But it takes the next 40 precious minutes for the director to get into the main story. In the first half an hour, Kamala Kannan beats around the bush to tell his past towards auto driver Apparao Durai alias Rajini (Santhanam), who assume that the former is rich and driving him through the city is profitable for him.
As the story passes by, Kamal's past is revealed. The country boy is in the city to meet concerned politicians in order to halt a railway subway project, which could take away his property in his home town. He is the son of a do-gooder, whose house serves an unlimited food everyday for guests and the people of the region. This causes the hero to come to Chennai and settle the issue, as the ancestor's property is the living heaven for the family.
During the course, Kamal stays in his aunt's (Roja) house and the love blossoms between his childhood sweetheart with her daughter Sridevi (Pranitha). However, their affair does not go well with her aunt and their relationship breaks up. However, he gets an opportunity to meet the baddie (Prakash Raj), who visited during an election campaign and promised them of doing needful when required, shows opportunist side of him. This causes Kamal to teach him a lesson and safeguard his property. The remaining part forms their cast and mouse game.
Debutant director Shankar Dayal has miserably failed in his first attempt to make an impact. The narration or characterisation, the director fails on both the aspects to leave serious impression. Especially, his screenplay looks illogical at parts. However, the movie entertains the audience with some hilarious one-liners. Especially, the dialogues written for Santhanam stand out as the sole highlight. It is also noted that Anushka Shetty and Andrea have done guest appearances in the film.
Karthi has done decent job and shines with his comic timings most of the time. Pranitha, though she has less meat to her character, is good and does her best to impress the audience. But the real hero of the film and the lifesaver of Saguni is Santhanam. With his witty one-liners, the comedian shines all through out the movie. Prakash Raj has done a routine job and he has justified his role. Raadhika Sarathkumar, Roja, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Nassar and Kiran Rathod are okay in their limited roles.
Technically, 'Kandha kaara vaadai...', 'Manasellam mazhaiye', and 'Vella bambaram...', songs composed by GV Prakash Kumar are good. PG Muthiah's cinematography is decent and rest other departments are okay.
Verdict: I give 2 out of 5.