Saguni

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Saguni
Saguni.JPG
Directed by Shankar Dayal
Produced by S.R.Prabhu
Written by Shankar Dayal
Starring Karthi
Pranitha
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography P. G. Muthiah
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Production
company
Dream Warrior Pictures
Distributed by Studio Green
Vendhar Movies
Release dates
  • 22 June 2012 (2012-06-22)
[1]
Running time 151 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil,telugu
Budget INR350 million (US$5.7 million)
Box office INR400 million (US$6.6 million)(producer's share)

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 22 March 2013 to below average reviews.

Plot[edit]

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.

Kamal stays in aunt’s (Roja) house and love blossoms between Kamal and her daughter Sridevi (Pranitha Subhash). The love affair breaks up as it is not accepted by his aunt.

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3][4] Veteran actress Raadhika Sarathkumar signed on to play a supporting role in May 2011,[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

The first look of the film was duly released through a series of promotional posters in early 2011,[9] with the makers suggesting a potential release to coincide with Diwali 2011.[10] Some scenes were shot in and around Chennai including the Napier bridge,[11] while the climax was shot in Hyderabad.[12] The songs were choreographed by Bobby Antony, Baba Baskar, Prem Rakshith and Raju;[13] one of which was shot in Poland.[14] There were rumours that the film was based on Neera Radia but makers quickly denied it.[15] 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.[16]

Soundtrack[edit]

Saguni
Soundtrack album by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Released 22 June 2012
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Gemini Audio
Producer G. V. Prakash Kumar
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal
(2011)
Saguni
(2012)
Joker
(2012)

The soundtrack, composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, consists of 5 tracks. The audio launch was initially to be held on 11 May,[17] but postponed to 2 June. The Telugu version would release on 5 June.[18] Two songs along with the videos were launched on 21 May, Karthi's birthday.[19] The song "Kandha Kaaravadai" has been downloaded 75,000 times.[20] Other songs like "Manasellam Mazhaiye" and "Vella Bambaram" topped the charts also.[21]

Eventually the album became successful among masses. Rediff wrote that it was "run-of-the-mill and has nothing new to offer".[22] 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".[23]

Tracklist
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
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

Release[edit]

The distribution rights were bought by Studio Green and Vendhar Movies for INR230 million (US$3.8 million).[24] 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.[25] It was slated to release in April initially,[26] 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 INR80 million (US$1.3 million).[27] The producers have spent more than INR 120 million for the promotion of the film.[28] The film Shakuni opened in 85 screens in Kerala by Beebah Creations & Sayujyam Cine Release

Reception[edit]

Saguni received mixed reviews upon release. Behindwoods quoted that Saguni was a fairly engaging political game giving main credits to Karthi and Santhanam.[29][30] The Tamil version was a below average grosser and the Telugu version titled Shakuni failed at the box office.[31]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed INR200 million (US$3.3 million) on its opening weekend from all language versions[32] and the Worldwide Revenue of the film was reportedly INR351 million (US$5.8 million) from all its sources. Saguni was the first failure in Karthi's career after 5 consecutive super hits.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Billa 2' & 'Saguni' to clash in the Box Office". IndiaGlitz. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dedicated to his craft". Deccanherald.com. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (16 April 2011). "Itsy-bitsy". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Karthi Is Working On His Get-up". Behindwoods.com. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Karthi’s Tough Competitor". Behindwoods.com. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mumtaj In A Different Garb". Behindwoods.com. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pranita is Karthi's heroine in Saguni". Sify.com. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Anushka ready for Item Song in Saguni". Oneindia. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Karthi gets going with Saguni". Sify.com. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Karthi Eyes Diwali Release". Behindwoods.com. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Karthi and the Saguni update". Behindwoods. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "'Saguni' climax at Hyderabad". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Karthi's mass numbers in 'Saguni'". IndiaGlitz. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Saguni song in Poland". The Times of India. 20 February 2012. 
  15. ^ 3 January 2012 By Anupama Subramanian DC chennai (3 January 2012). "‘No Nira Radia connection’". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Karthis Saguni completes shopping scene". Kollytalk.com. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "'Saguni' music release on May 11". IndiaGlitz. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "'Saguni' from June 2, 'Sakuni' from June 5!". IndiaGlitz. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Two audio & video songs for 'Saguni' on May 25!". IndiaGlitz. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  20. ^ "Audio of Saguni sets record". The Times of India. 
  21. ^ "TAMIL TOP 20". radiomirchi.com. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "Review: Saguni's music is pretty ordinary". Rediff.com. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Saguni Music Review". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  24. ^ "Karthi's Film For An Astronomical Amount!". Behindwoods.com. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "'Saguni' bags 'U' - Release on June 22". IndiaGlitz. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  26. ^ "Saguni to be released on April 14". The Times of India. 19 February 2012. 
  27. ^ Saguni Telugu rights were sold for 8 crore
  28. ^ "Karthi’s Saguni Enters The Biggies League". Behindwoods.com. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "Saguni Review". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  30. ^ "Saguni Tamil Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  31. ^ Shakuni flops in Andhra
  32. ^ Saguni grossed 20 crore on its opening weekend

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