Title: Good Luck Sakhi
Cast: Keerthy Suresh, Aadhi Pinisetty, Jagapathi Babu & others
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Run-Time: 118 minutes
‘Good Luck Sakhi’ is a metaphor for life, according to acclaimed director Nagesh Kukunoor, who remarked in an interview that it is his Telugu debut. It’s an irony, given that the majority of the movie’s scenes/dialogues are lifeless. Except for Keerthy Suresh’s portrayal of a small-town girl whose tryst with 10-meter rifle shooting is both unexpected and banal, the staging is simple, and the audience has little luck with practically everything.
The titular character, Sakhi, was born with a natural ability to shoot. Her childhood buddy Goli Raju (Aadhi Pinisetty, a district celebrity theatre performer) recognizes her talent and a retired Colonel (Jagapathi Babu as a coach) helps her polish her talents. The voyage is both a little dramatic and a lot mundane. The climax’s tropes aren’t even emotionally charged.
Perhaps Nagesh’s film with the least amount of wit. Even the solemn scenes are quickly forgotten. Suri’s (Rahul Ramakrishna in an out-of-date part) and Sakhi’s antagonism is skeletally staged. There’s no thrill in seeing a semi-sports movie. There’s also no exhilaration in the potential of a high-stakes battle erupting.
The romantic music urges us to enjoy the conversation’s simplicity. The dialogues, on the other hand (co-written by Sandeep Raj and Devika Bahudhanam), are dull. The movie wants us to be enthralled by the sight of an overly cute character played by a National Award-winning actress entering into a one-sided platonic relationship. The film has no desire to be a coming-of-age story.
Adhi’s character does not appear to be involved in any way, which is a severe flaw. When he is not wearing the greasepaint and playing on stage with misery in his heart, he appears to be a city-bred tourist on a visit to Sakhi’s village. We’re not sure when he first fell in love with Sakhi.
Regional chauvinism and misogynistic tendencies are mocked in the film. The only thing that works is that. Aside from that, ‘Good Luck Sakhi’ is rife with archaic characters and characterizations.
At the age of 50, Jagapathi Babu appears to be devoid of zeal. His character, on the other hand, is focused on becoming a world-class shooter. Other characters include Raghu Babu, Shravya, Venugopal, Gayatri Bhargavi, and Rama Prabha.
The beautiful music of Devi Sri Prasad has been squandered. The cinematography and dubbing by Chirantan Das compete with one another to drown out our experience.