Meka Suri Review - Actors shine in this age-old revenge drama.

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Meka Suri Review - Actors shine in this age-old revenge drama.
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Format: Original Series
Platform: Zee5
Movie Rated: 18+
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: Telugu
Digital Premiere Date: 31 July 2020

 

What is it about?
Suri is an efficient butcher and popular in the village for the skill that everyone calls him ‘Meka’ Suri. His wife Rani is murdered, Suri seeks to avenge it and how he identifies the killer and tackles them is the story.
 
Analysis
There is nothing new about the story. It is an age-old revenge drama repackaged in a new way. While the movie has a raw and macabre look to it, it is held by a plotline that is wafer-thin. The bad boy villain turning good for his wife and after her death goes back to his old ways is nothing new. These kinds of revenge dramas have been explored a lot in Bollywood as well in Southern films. From the surface of it, it looks a bit staged and bit hard to believe. The involvement of Naxalites however, does seem to have a fresh appeal. The action scenes also have been done with a lot of effort and elan. So while there is nothing new about the story, the acting, the action scenes keep the movie fresh and alive. From the look and feel of the movie, you will realise it has a lot of Tamil film influence, especially the part of the hamlets. 
 
 
Performances
The performances are the highlight of the film. Abhinaya and Sumaya, who are newcomers and hail from a theatre background star as the star-crossed lovers. They have each played their parts well and keep the story alive. Abhinaya, who plays the titular role has done a good job acting as the blood-thirsty 'Meka Suri'. Abhinaya acts his role as an earthy and a rustic character pretty well. His acting reminded me a lot of Nirmal Pandey's in The Bandit Queen. Even though the characters are diametrically opposite, it is the common factor of creating havoc in villages between both of them. Abhinaya's unpredictability when it comes to his character is something worth watching the movie for. 
 
 
Music and other departments
Music director Prajwal Krish has done a decent job with the music and keeps the audiences engrossed while watching the film. The music is subtle and gets tense as per the scenes in the film. The cinematography by Pardhu Saina is one of the main highlights and focus points in the film. While the story is a letdown, the fight sequences and the long shots are quite on point. 
 
 
Highlights
If you love action thrillers set in hamlets or in tribal setups, there are chances you might enjoy the film. There is also a subtle hint of rape and sexual abuse in the film and it was handled with a lot of sensitivity and nuance by the makers. 
 
Drawbacks
The film has nothing new to offer in terms of the script and the storyline. 
 
Did I Enjoy It?
For someone who loves thrillers, this film scores points on the thrilling and chilling content. 
 
Do I Recommend It?
Yes, if you love thrillers.
 
 
Synopsis : Suri is an efficient butcher and popular in the village for the skill that everyone calls him ‘Meka’ Suri. And when his wife Rani is murdered, Suri seeks to avenge it and how he identifies the killer and tackles them is the story.
Cast : Sharat Kumar, Naresh Byreddy, Sumaya Syed, Abhinay, Sravan
Directors : Trinadh Velisila
Producer/s : Karthik Kancherla
Cinematographer (DoP) : Prajwal Krish, Pardhu Saina
Production House : Simba Entertainment
Music : Saroja

Total number of seasons : 1
Digital Premiere Date : July 31, 2020

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