Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya

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Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya
Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySwaroop RSJ
Produced byRahul Yadav Nakka
Screenplay bySwaroop RSJ
Naveen Polishetty
StarringNaveen Polishetty
Shruti Sharma
Music byMark K Robin
CinematographySunny Kurapati
Edited byAmit Tripathi [1].
Release date
  • 21 June 2019 (2019-06-21)
Running time
148 minutes

Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya is a 2019 Indian Telugu-language comedy thriller film written and directed by Swaroop RSJ, and produced by Rahul Yadav Nakka. The film stars Naveen Polishetty in the lead titular role along with Shruti Sharma, Darbha Appaji Ambarisha and Suhas. It follows a Nellore-based detective whose life runs into danger when he starts investigating the case of a dead body abandoned near a railway track.

The film was released theatrically on 21 June 2019, and received generally positive reviews from critics. The screenplay, subject, humor and Polishetty's performance were praised, while the pacing was criticized.[3][4] The film became a commercial success and was also praised by several Tollywood celebrities.[5][6][7][8] Following the film's success, the makers announced the film's extension into a franchise.[9]


Sai Srinivas Athreya (Naveen Polishetty) is a small-time detective based in Nellore. He often solves petty cases, and is looking for a life-changing case to make it big in his career. One day, he finally stumbles across one such case involving a corpse abandoned near the railway tracks. He begins investigating the case and with time realizes that there might be a criminal connection between these corpses. Soon, his own life runs into danger when he goes in detail to crack the case.


  • Naveen Polishetty as Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya
  • Shruti Sharma as Sneha
  • Appaji Ambarisha Darbha as Vasudha's Father [10]
  • Suhas P
  • Shredha Rajagopalan as Vasudha[11].
  • Krishneswar Rao
  • Viswanath as Burger CI
  • Chanakya Tejas
  • Kranthi Priyan
  • Suri K Chaplin
  • Lavanya
  • Mahija
  • Sandeep Raj


In an interview with, the lead actor Naveen Polishetty explained that when he was looking for some good scripts, the director Swaroop contacted him on Facebook and told him the film's title and about the protagonist. When he narrated the whole story, Polishetty agreed to do the film if they got to work together on the final version. Swaroop agreed and they met at Hyderabad, where Polishetty's 4-year old experience as a writer helped him and they together worked on the script for eight months. The script was finalized in January 2018 and the shoot commenced in August 2018. After the film was wrapped, they release was delayed till June since the producer didn't want any competition with the big releases in April.[12]

The soundtrack was composed by Mark K. Robin and the cinematography was handled by Sunny Kurapati. The film was produced by the Malli Raava fame Rahul Yadav Nakka.[13]


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After receiving a U/A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, the film was released theatrically on 21 June 2019.[14][15] In USA, the film was released on 20 June 2019.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya received generally positive reviews from critics.

Film Companion gave it a positive review and called it the best comedy thriller of the decade.[17] Times of India gave it 4 stars out of 5, praising Polishetty's performance and the execution.[18] The Hans India gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5, praising the performances, music and screenplay while criticising the slow-paced narration in the first half.[19] Deccan Chronicle similarly gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 and praised the performances, background score and the cinematography.[20] gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 and praised Polishetty's performance and comic timing, twists and the lack of commercial "trappings" but criticised the at-times dialogue-heavy nature and length of some sequences.[21] gave the film 3.25 stars out of 5, praising the writing, technical aspects and the protagonist's characterisation while criticising the pacing in the second half.[4] also gave it 3.25 stars out of 5 and praised the subject, Polishetty's performance, investigation scenes, humour and visual appeal while criticizing the length and the last 15 minutes.[3] Andhra Box Office gave the film 3 stars out of 5, praising the narration, twists and the whodunit theme while criticising the pace.[22] gave it 3 stars out of 5 and praised the second half, humour and Polishetty's performance but criticised the initial sequences and felt it "defied logic".[23] The News Minute gave it 3 stars out of 5, and calling it a "textbook crime drama", praised the plot and cinematography but criticised some dubbing mismatches, Sharma's "undermined" character in the second half and editing towards the end.[24] Mirchi9 gave the film 3 stars out of 5, praising Polishetty's performance, writing and the second half while criticising the length, some "silly" initial humour and the production values.[25]

Box office[edit]

Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya opened alongside several films at the Box office, and had low but the highest collections among all other releases on its opening day.[26] Following the positive word of mouth and due to low screening costs, the film became a commercial success in both India and USA.[27][28]


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  5. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya reaches expectations at box-office".
  6. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya 6 Days Collections Report". The Hans India.
  7. ^ "Raghavendra Rao praises the team of Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya". Times of India.
  8. ^ "Allu Arjun and Varun Tej bowled over by 'Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya' and 'Brochevarevaru Ra'". Times of India.
  9. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya to be made into a franchise".
  10. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya Cast and Crew –". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
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  12. ^ "Interview with Naveen Polishetty about Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya by Maya Nelluri - Telugu cinema actor".
  13. ^ "'Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya': Naveen Polishetty and Shruti Sharma wraps up shooting". Times of India.
  14. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya Censor Report". The Hans India.
  15. ^ "Detective Sai Srinivasa on the prowl". The Hans India.
  16. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya USA Release Centers".
  17. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya Review: The Best Telugu Comedy Thriller Of This Decade". Film Companion.
  18. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya Review". Times of India.
  19. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya Movie Review & Rating". The Hans India.
  20. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya movie review: Meet the Telugu Sherlock Holmes!". Deccan Chronicle.
  21. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya Review".
  22. ^ "ABO Review : 'Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya'".
  23. ^ "'Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya' Review: New 'Age'nt Thriller".
  24. ^ "'Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya' review: A crisp textbook crime drama". The News Minute.
  25. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya Review -The FBI From Nellore Engages".
  26. ^ "Trade: No Surprises At The Box Office This Weekend".
  27. ^ "Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya Movie Latest Box Office Report". The Hans India.
  28. ^ "Brochevarevura Sees Growth in Collections".

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