Shyam Singha Roy’s plot may not be wholly unique, but the staging has the ability to knock you off your feet. In this love story, Nani and Sai Pallavi shine.
Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5
A rookie filmmaker is in a pickle exactly when he’s ready to break into the profession. When he sets out to find a solution, he discovers that the answer is in the past.
Shyam Singha Roy Review:
Rahul Sankrityan appears to have carved out a niche for himself as a storyteller that blends science fiction, fantasy, and science. If his initial film Taxiwaala was about a possessed automobile, his sophomore film Shyam Singha Roy, based on a narrative by Janga Satyadev, is about a man plagued by his past. What emerges isn’t really original, but the manner it unfolds keeps you engrossed for the most part.
Vasu (Nani) is a young filmmaker who has quit a well-paying software job to pursue his dream. We don’t know if he battled to get to where he is now, but he is on the verge of realising all of his aspirations. He chases Keerthy (Krithi Shetty), whom he meets at a friend’s (Abhinav Gomatam) café, instead of creating a short film.
He wants to cast her as the lead despite the fact that she is a psychology student with no acting experience. This entire action is staged for laughs, but we’re aware that there’s a larger tale at work here. He is soon accused of plagiarism, and a psychologist (Leela Samson) and Keerthy’s cousin, Padmavati (Madonna Sebastian), are called in to rescue the day.
He promises her more than just love; he promises her liberation from a societal framework that is unfair to her. But what binds Vasu and Shyam Singha Roy together?
The opening part of the film spends much of its time establishing Vasu’s persona, with Shyam Singha Roy only appearing in flashes. Krithi Shetty is given a major role, even though she is forced to take a back seat later on. When you’ve invested enough in Shyam Singha Roy’s story to know how it ends, Rahul lets the aesthetically stunning but brutal world of Shyam Singha Roy unfurl. The craftsmanship of Avinash Kolla, the production designer, and Sanu John Varghese, the cameraman, really shines here. It truly transports you to West Bengal, thanks to the clothing design and the fact that the majority of the characters speak Bengali.
However, Rahul nearly makes this part feel like an art film, allowing Sai Pallavi to extend her wings and Nani to take on a significant role. Mickey J Meyer’s music, as well as their love story, are both delightful.
When Rahul asks you to give in entirely and take creative risks, the film falters. He has a tale that may be carried out in a variety of ways, but he selects the most cliché and straightforward explanation for how Vasu and Shyam are related. Some of the characters’ decisions also appear to be at odds with what they preach. And, while the film does a good job of keeping you engrossed in the characters for the most part, it lacks any surprises. It’s possible to guess how everything will turn out as the movie goes, but that’s not always a negative thing.
Some may also criticize the speed in the second part of the tale, despite the fact that it is necessary to immerse the spectator in the universe. The climax, on the other hand, feels hurried.
Apart from their plot, Nani and Sai Pallavi are at the centre of this drama. When he plays Vasu vs Shyam, the former pulls off a persona he seemed to enjoy portraying, with his body language shifting. Sai Pallavi looks and dances like a dream, gliding over the film’s emotional beats. She makes the most of her screen time, providing the necessary sensitivity to her character’s fragility as well as power. Krithi plays a character that is the polar opposite of Bebamma, someone who isn’t scared to say what she thinks and won’t put up with foolishness. Rahul Ravindran, Madonna Sebastian, Jishhu, and others perform an excellent job in their respective roles.
Shyam Singha Roy’s plot may not be wholly unique, but the staging has the ability to knock you off your feet. If you’re looking for something well-made and supported by a terrific cast, give this one a shot this weekend. Shyam Singha Roy also leaked on Tamilrockers, Tamilyogi and Isaimini 2021.