Movie: Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya
Banner: Swadharm Entertainment
Cast: Naveen Polishetty, Shruti Sharma, Ravi Varma and others
Music: Mark K Robin
cameraman: Sunny Kurapati
Editor: Amit Tripathic
art: Kranthi Priyam
Producer: Rahul Yadav Nakka
Written and directed by: Swaroop RSJ
Publication date: June 21, 2019
The director and actors of “Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya” are newcomers, but this movie has caused quite a stir thanks to its thrilling trailer that reminded a lot of old hits like “Chantabbayi” by Chiranjeevi.
Did the film live up to expectations? Let’s find out.
Sai Srinivas Athreya (Naveen Polishetty) is a private detective in Nellore. The concept of a private detective or agent is new to this small town and he hardly finds work. He handles business with a female assistant Sneha (Shruti Sharma).
A police officer puts Athreya in jail for a day as a suspect in a case and in the lock-up room he meets a man named Maruthi Rao who tells him that his daughter has been brutally raped and murdered in Ongole.
Athreya takes on this case. Murders follow, twists and turns take place.
Performances by artists:
Naveen Polishetty had previously acted in shows made for the web and Youtube. This must have given him enough experience to act naturally and casually. Naveen has shown a lot of variety in his performance in this very first film. He’s shown a lot of swag and has absolutely great dialogue as well.
Shruti Sharma as Sneha is neat. All the other actors are newcomers and are good.
Movie was made on a small budget. So cinematography and production values are the bare minimum.
Mark Robin’s background score is the main highlight. He has added the atmosphere with his musical score. Editing is wobbly.
Boring first series
“Agent Srinivas Athreya” starts just like Chiranjeevi’s “Chantabbayi”. The character of Naveen Polishetty and the roles of his assistant are designed exactly like Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, but this film gives the impression at the beginning that it is a tribute to “Chantabbayi”.
In the first 45 minutes, Naveen Polishetty and Shruti Sharma have indulged in regular chatter that doesn’t concern us. Only then does the film get to the point and things get serious. The real investigation and suspense begin after that.
The screenplay is quite gripping after the break and the final twist in the story is also quite new. For the first time, we found out that some corpses are being used for hi-tech scams.
The film begins by stating that it is a fictional story based on real-life incidents, and the credits also feature newspaper clippings of this actual scam. This angle is quite new for a movie story.
As Agent Sai Srinivas, Naveen Polishetty holds the film from start to finish with his great acting style. He has so easily shown various modulations in dialogue delivery.
Even as the pace of the movie slows down, Naveen lifts it up with his acting. The director has also tried to present the serious novel suspense with a dose of humor.
There are many references to old Hollywood hits and also to ‘Chantabbayi’. So many scenes also remind us of old movies. Some references are used for spoof and humor and some straight for dramatic effect.
We’ve seen a lot of thrillers, but the way this is packaged is very new. Credit goes to the new director.
The interesting point is that the main scam and case is also related to Agent Athreya’s personal tragedy. This is a smart decision by the writer and director.
There are also many subtle humorous scenes such as a hero who calls his agency as FBI – Fatima Bureau of Investigation and another private detective (pilla agent) from Hasan in Karnataka who also establishes a similar agency FBI – Friends Bureau of Investigation.
The exciting points of the film appear in the second half. On the other hand, Naveen and Shruti Sharma’s track is not convincing. Why would a girl agree to be his assistant if he isn’t doing so well as a researcher himself? Why would she go with him day and night for change?
There is no serious explanation that she is his assistant? Also, the cliché is that one police officer is so mean to him and the other who will do anything to help.
Despite all this, “Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya” makes an interesting watch and introduces a talented actor in the form of Naveen Polishetty.
Bottom line: Sherlock Holmes meets Chantabbayi