With impressive trailer and interesting premise, Agent Sai Srinivas Atreya grabbed audience attention. Let’s find out if the film lives up to expectations or not.
Sai Srinivas Atreya (played by Naveen Polisetty) starts a detective agency in Nellore named FBI (Fathima Bureau of Investigation) who is looking for a big case to become famous. Unexpectedly he comes across the case of unidentified deaths that are increasing in number. He comes to know about a young lady who was raped and brutally murdered. How Athreya unfolds the mystery is what the film is all about.
Naveen Polishetty who did a couple of web series and a few small characters before has played the lead role in this movie. Well, the long wait seems to be worth it as Naveen has got a meaty role and one that puts him at the front and center of entire proceedings. It is a challenging character that is not easy to pull off. Despite his inexperience, Naveen does a good job as the leading man.
Shruti Sharma does a decent job. The actress has not only impressed with her beautiful performance but also maintained beautiful chemistry with Naveen Polishetty. Most of the supporting cast are newcomers or lesser known actors. Everyone besides Naveen has come up with very average and mediocre performances.
Director Swaroop RSJ picked up an interesting crime thriller with a good premise. Detective stories are always curious and the audience always have a high inclination of watching them if well made. Director should be appreciated for picking up this script for debut film as in detective films narrative is hard to pull off even though it might appear more straightforward. If it is done in a lighter vein, the audience doesn’t take the subject seriously because the expectation from such films is to be taken seriously and when done the opposite the same set loses interest as the narrative becomes muddled. It is tricky in that way. Director has fairly woven an interesting screenplay to make it an engaging murder mystery. The screenplay is complex enough to keep the viewers hooked and guessing all the way. Though there are a few ups and downs in the narration and a bit of lag in between. Barring few cliches here and there, it is a decently made film from the young filmmaker.
The music by Mark K Robin is okay. In films like these background, score is important and Music director delivers a trendy and sleek output on that front. Camera work is not great but okay. Editing could have been handled better. The film's runtime is not ideal for the genre. A bit of trimming would have made it even more engaging. Production values are decent enough, but some money should have been spent on the supporting cast for the better output and impact.
1. Atreya characterization and Navin Polishetty performance.
2. The mystery element in the story
3. Good writing with interesting Second half
1. Length is a major setback for the film, editing could have been better
2. Subplots and Silly comedy
3. Production values could be a lot better, Producer should have invested more to support this script.
Good performance by the lead actor with interesting plot and screenplay are the major assets for the film. However, the slow-paced narration in the first half is the major setback of the film. Things start slow in the first half but the director has made it interesting in the second half. Though there some boring and cliched scenes in the film, they won't disturb the flow of the film. The second half is crisp when compared to the first half. The interval twist is good. The climax is handled well. Director has executed the complex story in a good way. On the whole, Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya is a watchable film.