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Savi Review: Divya Khossla starrer is a slow-paced thriller

Savi is directed by Abhinay Deo and also stars Harshvardhan Rane and Anil Kapoor.

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Savi

SAVI

Director- Abhinay Deo

Cast- Anil Kapoor, Divya Khossla, Harshvardhan Rane

Released at theatres.

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By Jyothi Venkatesh

This one is a modern-day adaptation of the mythological story of Savitri. While in the tale Savitri (Divya Khossla) does her best to save her husband and get his soul back from Yamraj, the film set in London sees Divya’s character crossing all limits to save her husband from jail and spend the rest of their lives together.

Savi is a contented housewife who lives with her husband and son in Liverpool. Savi’s husband Nakul (Harshvardhan Rane) is accused of murdering his boss. Thoroughly convinced of his innocence, Savi sets out to orchestrate a jailbreak to free him, by enlisting the help of an author as well as ex-convict Joydeep Paul (Anil Kapoor), who helps her execute to navigate the daring plan to do a jail-break with his elaborate disguises.

The film sets out to capture the angst as well as the mental, physical, emotional and financial stress that a housewife with a child goes through during difficult times, especially when the breadwinner – her husband is the one in trouble and unreachable. It also talks about how love can make even the most helpless of people become resourceful to keep their families safe and away from harm.

The tepid screenplay just about manages to engage viewers at certain points, but few loopholes leave one wondering what happened to Abhinay Deo, the director who had a decade ago helmed the excellent ‘Delhi Belly.’

Also read: Mr. & Mrs. Mahi Review: The movie’s strength lies in its narrative which builds on a very unique premise

As far as the performances are concerned, all that I can say is that Divya Khossla takes on the challenging role of Savi, and her hard work is evident in her performance, but on the flipside, though she remains the focal point throughout the film, one wishes that she had showcased a broader emotional range.

Anil Kapoor’s screen presence is one of its highlights. The seasoned actor brings a certain energy and joy to the screen every time he appears in an entirely different disguise. Harshvardhan Rane, who sets out to portray the role of Savi’s husband Nakul, delivers an average performance, but overall the average screenplay hinders his ability to fully display his potential.

To sum it up, I would say that though ‘Savi’ does really make a very honest attempt to offer something new and different in this genre, the slow paced thriller unfortunately fails to reach the mark.

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