Cast: Sai Dharam Tej, Regina and Others
Directed by: Harish Shankar
Produced by: Dil Raju
Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations
Music by: Mickey J. Meyer
Release Date: 2015-09-24
Harish Shankar who became an overnight star with Gabbar Singh suffered a disaster with Ramayya Vastavayya. He chose to do his next film with a young hero Sai Dharam Tej who made an impressive debut with Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham. Subramanyam For Sale is a typical commercial potboiler that sticks to the age old successful formula. It keeps you entertained despite the sloppy script.
What is it about?
Subramanyam (Sai) is a youngster who comes to America to make money. He does everything for dollars. He comes across Seetha (Regina) a girl who is deceived by her lover. Both of them turn friends and they had to act as husband and wife due to unavoidable circumstances. Rest of the story is about how they fall in love for real and convince everybody.
Sai Dharam Tej's strength lies in his confident body language. This guy believes that he can impress the audience with his performance and that self belief seems to be working like a charm for him. He pulls off Subramanyam's character with ease and of course with a little bit of imitation of his uncle Pawan Kalyan.
Regina is a good actress and she has done very well in this one too. Brahmanandam did a lengthy role after a long time. He is in his elements. There are so many supporting actors in the film but Rao Ramesh makes an impression. Adah Sharma is alright. Ajay is okay. Suman and Nagababu are fine. Fish Venkat's comedic performance will tickle.
Harish Shankar sticks to his strengths this time after his experience in Ramayya Vastavayya. He focused on the entertainment and didn't bother much about the script. There are few twists and characters thrown in to make it an engaging fare. Harish succeeded in keeping everything simple and funny. He should have avoided the over dramatic climax sequences and ended it on a hilarious note.
Dialogues by Harish Shankar are good. Mickey J Meyer tried his hand at mass beats and the output is okay-ish. Cinematography is standard and editing is adequate. This film has decent production values with a large portion of the film shot in United States.
Sai Dharam Tej
Subramanyam For Sale is a film made for the aam junta who look for entertainment and entertainment only. The script is sloppy with lots of holes and cliches. Interesting characterization of hero helps the bad first half to an extent. Things get better as the story moves to India. There is lot of entertainment in the second half.
Lot of routine elements and beaten to death episodes will never let the film to raise above the average mark, but they keep you entertained. Harish Shankar's command over comedy and fan frenzy moments takes Subramanyam to a safe zone. Sai Dharam Tej will surely make an impression with this film. Mega fans will start to believe that he has potential.
Climax was dealt in a melodramatic fashion which is out of sync with rest of the movie. Harish must have thought that sentiment is an essential element for a commercial film, but he fails to get the emotions rights. Audience who hates to watch the same old formulaic films may not like this one. Subramanyam For Sale isn't a perfect film and is not a bad one either. You can watch it once for its entertainment.
Verdict: Cliched But The Comedy Clicks.