Cast: Bharat, Suhani, Vinayak, Mumait Khan, Sayaji Shinde, Dandapani, Brahmanandam, Kovai Sarala, Raghubabu, Kondavalasa, Potti Rambabu and Others. Action: Ram-Laxman-Satheesh. Art: S. Nagendrababu. Choreography: Shankar-Ramesh. Cinematography: S. Arun Kumar. Editing: Avula Venkatesh. Lyrics: Ramajogaiah Sastry, Abhinaya Srinivas, Varikuppala Yadagiri & Ghatikachalam. Music: Jassie Gift. Story, Screenplay & Direction: Jaya B. Producer: Venkateswara Reddy Thota. Banner: Sri Sai Roopa Creations. Release Date: 04th April, 2008.
Savaal is director Jaya B.'s latest offering. She tries nothing different in the movie, but gets all the whistle-generating elements together and weaves them to form an interesting-enough plot that one can sit through effortlessly. If you've already watched a whole bunch of these movies (like Devadasu and others with that storyline), Savaal will seem repetitive.
Plot Tirupathi is an orphan brought up by an entire Basti as their own child, and is extremely loyal to them. He sells tickets in black for a living but has influence till the ministry, so much so that he transfers the CI who arrests him for black ticketing. The new CI asks him to become a police informer after he helps him in some cases. He is promoted as the ACP and throws a party, gets drunk and challenges Tirupathi to make a high class girl fall for him, namely, his daughter. Tirupathi takes it as a question of proving he is mistaken in his class hierarchy. His daughter, Keerthana, is Tirupathi's sworn enemy and that makes things more difficult.
Story, Screenplay and Direction The story is very regular, seen many times before and director Jaya B. has obviously played it safe. So you have the whole Class-Mass 'Savaal', rich girl-poor boy angle and a corrupt villainous MLA to complete the picture. If you've seen Aamir Khan in Rangeela selling black tickets and being the Tapori, then you've seen them all. Tirupathi is not only that, he's also quite influential in his Basti. Does the character sound familiar? Well..
Like Ram-Sayaji Shinde in Devadasu, Bharat-Sayaji have a similar status quo here. Everything similar, but not quite the same. Clever. But the overwhelming sense of déjà vu is ever present in Savaal. If novelty is not what you are looking for and/or haven't watched a movie in the last 8 years, you'll most definitely enjoy Savaal.
Threads begin and end without serious significance. The MLA and that whole track could have been explored further and had something more to do. Ali's entry in the end is amusing. Kovai Sarala-Brahmanandam playing News reader and reporter is satirical. Bharat-Suhani chemistry is good.
Performances Bharat does reasonably well, and does his job well (even with eyebrows that look threaded-what's up, dude?). He shows promise, although it will take a couple more movies and trysts with more directors to hone his craft. Suhani passes off a pout for acting, and is okay. For Shinde, it is a repeat performance but a feat he does with ease, and does convincingly. Dandapani as the cruel pockmarked MLA is believable and Vinayak as his son is okay.
Song and Dance The music is not bad, and although the songs and picturization has nothing new to offer, it is tolerable and used aptly.
Last Word Savaal is overall a repeat show of several of these Class-Mass movies with not a single new angle. But it is watchable, albeit with loose threads and abrupt endings for those threads, which pick up half-heartedly in the climax. If you watch with zero expectations, then it is endurable but that's about it.