Cast: Santhanam, Vaibhavi Shandilya, Vivek, Sampath Raj, Robo Shankar and VTV Ganesh
In his attempt to be embraced as a hero, Santhanam has invested himself in a wrong project yet again. While he admits comedy is his forte, and there’s no denying it, it’s slightly disappointing to see him restrict himself with certain kind of roles. Sakka Podu Podu Raja is the remake of Telugu film Loukyam, which was a fairly entertaining film with a very strong ensemble cast. The remake, however, is no match to the original and even with a stellar supporting cast of Vivek, Robo Shankar and Ganesh; Sakka Podu Podu Raja doesn’t leave an impact.
What the film ends up being is a free pass for Santhanam to jump on the hero bandwagon confidently, and he does it with aplomb and ease. The actor looks dapper in an extremely stylish avatar, sporting cool hair cut and fights like a dream. He walks in slow motion, romances a very good looking heroine and has all the time in the world to mouth punch dialogues whenever he feels like. If only half of all this effort that was put into making Santhanam look like a hero was invested in writing, we’d have had a better film.
The problem is not with the fact that Sakka Podu Podu Raja is a remake, but it’s with the way it’s made to pander to Santhanam’s growing popularity. There’s no dearth of comedy in the film and some portions work very well but it doesn’t wholesomely entertain like Santhanam’s other films. It’s very encouraging to see Vivek and Santhanam share screen space and pull each other’s legs. Some of the film’s best moments unfold between them and they’re a treat to watch.
Barring the spurts of humour which works in parts, Sakka Podu Podu Raja is a tiresome watch otherwise.