|Directed by||Shankar Dayal|
|Written by||Shankar Dayal|
|Music by||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|Cinematography||P. G. Muthiah|
|Editing by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
|Studio||Dream Warrior Pictures|
|Distributed by||Studio Green
|Running time||151 minutes|
|Budget||36 crore (US$5.5 million)|
|Box office||35.05 crore (US$5.4 million)|
Saguni is a Tamil political satire film directed by Shankar Dayal and produced by S.R.Prabhu. The film features Karthi and Pranitha in the lead roles, while Santhanam, Roja, Prakash Raj, Raadhika Sarathkumar and Nassar appear in supporting roles. The film along with its dubbed Telugu Version Sakuni released on March 22, 2013 to below average reviews.
The film starts with the demise of CM (Satyamoorthy), a political plot produced by Boopathi(Prakash Raj), thereby starting the film on serious note. Then, we are introduced to Kamala Kannan (Karthi), who tells his story to the auto driver AppaDurai alias Rajini (Santhanam). AppaDurai assumes that Kamala Kannan is rich and drives him around the city to be profited for him.
Kamala Kannan is a country boy, who is working in a small company. He has come to the city to meet the concerned politicians and plead them to halt a subway project, by which he could lose his property in his village. He is the son of a humble person, who serves unlimited food to the guests and passers-by every day. Under this background, he has come to Chennai to settle the matter, as the forefather’s property is living heaven for the family.
He meets the politician, Bhupati, who once visited their village during the election campaign and had promised to do good needs when required. But, Kamal comes to know he is the one behind the project. He later makes Ramani (Raadhika Sarathkumar) as the mayor of Chennai by helping in her campaigns. He later in a jail gets the contact of Perumal(Kota Srinivasa Rao), who has an infamous political party. Meanwhile, he joins Perumal's party and makes him win the election making him the CM of Tamil Nadu. Bhupathi is at last arrested for being the reason behind for Sathyamoorthy's suicide with his family. Kamal, at last saves his property with his intelligence.
- Karthi as Kamalakannan a.k.a. Kamal/Kannan
- Pranitha as Sreedevi
- Santhanam as Rajini Appadhurai a.k.a. Rajini
- Prakash Raj as Boopathi
- Kota Srinivasa Rao as Perumal
- Nassar as Nelly Saami
- Raadhika Sarathkumar as Ramani
- Roja as Sreedevi's mother
- Kiran Rathod as Vasundhara Devi
- V. S. Raghavan as Kamalakannan's Grandfather
- Manobala as Induratagaval
- Delhi Ganesh as Lawyer (cameo appearance)
- Anushka Shetty as Anushka (cameo appearance)
- Andrea Jeremiah as Andrea (cameo appearance)
The film was first revealed in early April 2011, when it was reported that Karthi was considering a "social satire" script written by debutant film maker, Shankar Dayal, to be his next venture after the success of his previous film Siruthai. Karthi confirmed the news and revealed he would feature in a new get-up for the film, although expressing that the script was still in development. Veteran actress Raadhika Sarathkumar signed on to play a supporting role in May 2011, whilst Roja signed on to play a doctor in the film and Mumtaj was selected to play a role making her comeback after 3 years. Kannada actress Pranitha who made her debut in Tamil with Udhayan, was confirmed for the lead female role after much speculation that Shriya Saran would form a part of the cast.
Kota Srinivasa Rao and Salim Ghouse were selected to play politicians in the film, while Nassar was roped in to play a godman. However in a turn of events, it was announced that the makers were unimpressed with Ghouse's performance and replaced him with Prakash Raj. Subsequently combination scenes shot with Ghouse and Mumtaj, including those which appeared in the original trailer, were removed and reshot with Prakash Raj and Kiran Rathod. Anushka Shetty shot for a cameo role, that of a funny police officer within one day, while Andrea Jeremiah also appeared in a single scene.
The first look of the film was duly released through a series of promotional posters in early 2011, with the makers suggesting a potential release to coincide with Diwali 2011. Some scenes were shot in and around Chennai including the Napier bridge, while the climax was shot in Hyderabad. The songs were choreographed by Bobby Antony, Baba Baskar, Prem Rakshith and Raju; one of which was shot in Poland. There were rumours that the film was based on Neera Radia but makers quickly denied it. The team shot a scene at the famous shopping complex near Ashok Nagar in Chennai. The director and his crew were happy to complete the shoot before the place got uncontrollably crowded.
|Soundtrack album by G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|Released||22 June 2012|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology|
The soundtrack, composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, consists of 5 tracks. The audio launch was initially to be held on May 11, but postponed to 2 June. The Telugu version would release on 5 June. Two songs along with the videos were launched on May 21, Karthi's birthday. The song "Kandha Kaaravadai" has been downloaded 75,000 times. Other songs like "Manasellam Mazhaiye" and "Vella Bambaram" topped the charts also.
Eventually the album became successful among masses. Rediff wrote that it was "run-of-the-mill and has nothing new to offer". Behindwoods wrote: "The songs have all been composed with the sole intention of entertaining the audience. Save the melody, the rest all play to the gallery all the way. Good ‘mass’ album".
|1.||"Kandha Kaara Vadai"||Paramu||Shankar Mahadevan, Karthi||5:16|
|2.||"Manasellam Mazhaiye"||Na. Muthukumar||Sonu Nigam, Saindhavi, G. V. Prakash Kumar||5:32|
|3.||"Vella Bambaram"||Viveka||Baba Sehgal, Priya Himesh||4:46|
|4.||"Pottadhu Pathala"||Annamalai||Velmurugan & Chorus||4:56|
|5.||"Annachi Ammachi"||Shankar Dayal||Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Maya Manikandan & Chorus||4:00|
The distribution rights were bought by Studio Green and Vendhar Movies for 230 million (US$3.5 million). The satellite rights of the film were bagged by Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board and Telugu version was given a "U/A" certificate. It was slated to release in April initially, but failed to meet the deadline and would be released on 22 June eventually. Makers have planned to release the films in more than 1,100 screens across the globe. Andhra will see the film being released in 450 screens. Telugu rights were bought by Bellamkonda Suresh for 80 million (US$1.2 million). The producers have spent more than 12 crore for the promotion of the film. The film Shakuni opened in 85 screens in Kerala by Beebah Creations & Sayujyam Cine Release
Saguni received mixed reviews upon release. Behindwoods quoted that Saguni was a fairly engaging political game giving main credits to Karthi and Santhanam. The Tamil version was a below average grosser and the Telugu version titled Shakuni failed at the box office.
The film grossed 20 crore (US$3.1 million) on its opening weekend from all language versions and the Worldwide Revenue of the film was reportedly 35.05 crore (US$5.4 million) from all its sources. Saguni was the first failure in Karthi's career after 5 consecutive super hits.
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- Shakuni flops in Andhra
- Saguni grossed 20 crore on its opening weekend