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Gauthamiputra Satakarni – Movie Review

Gauthamiputra Satakarni one of the most anticipated historical epic ventures coming below the direction of Krish.


Rating: 3.25/5

Cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shriya, Hema Malini, Kabir Bedi and others

Dialogues: Saimadhav Burra

Music: Chirantan Bhatt

Producers: Y Rajiv Reddy, Jagarlamudi Saibabu

Director: Krish

Release date: Jan 12, 2017

Satakarni reigned most parts of India (mainly Deccan area) in the 2nd century. Story initiates with Satakarni, the ruler, winning yet other battle and bringing one more province under his law. He targets to bring numerous states/rajyas under one rule and bond them as one nation. Though his wife Vasishta Devi doesn’t like his war-spree, his mom Balasri supports him.

After endearing a main battle against western king Nahapana, he cooks to fight against outdoor forces such as Greek King Demetrius. But this fight is not going to be on a minor scale. Can Satakarni win this battle?

Artists’ Performances:

Amid today’s actors, Nandamuri Balakrishna is very popular for playing such historical figures and sovereigns as he is best suitable for such roles. In the character of emperor, Balakrishna provides one of the finest performances of his career. His knack over grandhika Telugu is an advantage to the role. Though he looked too old for the character, he managed to shield the loophole with his performance.

Shriya as his spouse has given her best. As a mom of two kids, she hates conflicts but she has to do her dharma. She depicted this dilemma well.

Hemamalini does not have a considerable role but the senior actress is perfect in her character as mom of Satakarni. Kabir Bedi is wasted in the movie.

The flick has many other actors but they barely make an influence. The actress who has frolicked the role of Greek dancer gets noted.

Technical Excellence:

Certainly, unexpected camerawork, production values, creation, production design and graphics have brought the picture, a rich appeal. The movie was finished in just 7 months. In spite of such short time available, Krish has taken out best output from his specialists.

Gnana Sekhar’s outstanding cinematography is the chief highlight; he has filmed war systems with assurance. His eye for specifying has made the frames perfect. The show has superb art work and graphical output. Visual effects in war systems are terrific.

Songs are a vast drawback to the movie. But background score by Chirantan Bhatt has aided a bit. Amid other technicians Burra Sai Madhav shines as his dialogues were the foremost pillar to the picture.

  • Highlights:
    Excellent Visuals
  • Cinematography
  • Sai Madhav’s dialogues
  • Balakrishna’s charisma


  • Lack of gripping screenplay and story
  • Shivaraj Kumar’s burra katha
  • Climax

Not many persons in the present generation are aware of this history before the declaration of this film. Before speaking about the movie, we must praise Krish for coming up with this awareness about the early history of Amaravati  and Telugu people.

As the movie titles start rolling, a voice talk amid Satakarni who was just a child and his mom is heard. Satakarni asks why persons indulge in wars, his mom replies – wars occur because of sovereigns, not because individuals want them and she goes on to clarify that numerous other rajyas are continually squabbling amid themselves. Then the child Satakarni vows to bond all rajyas and bring them in one rule.

After he becomes monarch, he is always at war, winning the fights. So, Krish directly initiates the story of the show with a war and presents Satakarni to the viewers in the midst of a war. The first war is tussled on sea. This gives the first glimpse of the splendor of the movie.

By interval he achieves the mission of uniting all the rajyas. So post-interval there is no much story. And soon the movie continues to the last battle – Satakarni’s war contrary to Demetrius. While this final battle is also long, there is a drama to some extent.

On the whole, we get the touch that there is not much story to tell, as the star is continually at the war front. There are no main twists or turns in the life story of this emperor. Hence, the movie though visually attractive is lacking in drama.

Bottom-line: Balayya’s Show


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