Seetimaarr Review - Story
Karthik (Gopichand) sets out on a mission to save a memorial school from the grasp of a corporate giant. He later understands that winning a national championship with the school’s Kabaddi team will bring it nationwide recognition and thus stop the corporate company in its tracks. He trains a women’s Kabaddi team in a bid to achieve what he wants. Will he be able to win the national championship?
Seetimaarr Review - Analysis
Gopichand enjoys a mass image and he plays to his strengths with Seetimaarr. The seasoned actor delivers a fine performance in this typical protagonist role. The film has a Kabaddi backdrop but it is more of a conventional mass masala entertainer. The sports backdrop is just one of the elements of the story.
The film follows a tried and tested template and it mostly banks on the mass fight sequences and protagonist elevation scenes. The director, Sampath Nandi is very clear on this front and he presents the film as a proper commercial potboiler.
However, the predictability factors set in soon after the hero-villain track sets the center stage. A man with righteous intentions trying to stop a corporate giant from illegally acquiring an iconic establishment in his hometown is a plot that we’ve seen n number of times in Telugu cinema. Seetimaarr follows a similar path, but it does manage to cater to the masses. The film is packed with all the necessary commercial ingredients - Fight sequences, elevation blocks, a well-composed mass item song, which appeal to the galleries.
The hero-villain track is single-layered and we can easily anticipate what is about to happen next. The first half is breezy and the interval twist is good, but the latter half is patchy, owing to the formulaic approach and monotonous screenplay.
The kabaddi sequences are presented in a well-rounded manner. Gopichand’s mass screen presence and Tamannaah’s sizzling dance moves in the Jwala Reddy song, and well-composed action blocks are the positives of the film. The formulaic narration and the monotonous hero-villain track are its negatives.
Mani Sharma’s background score is one of the main driving forces of the film. The cinematography is neat. The second half needed better editing.
Seetimaarr Review - Verdict
Seetimarr is a massy sports drama that is essentially an actioner. The film is packed with action blocks and elevation scenes that cater to the galleries. The front-rowers might lap up the film but for the rest, it will make for a passable watch.