It is shocking. But the distributors and exhibitors of this year’s most expensively-produced film Saaho feel the entire impact of Saaho is dependent on a couple of action sequences.
A prominent distributor on condition of anonymity, tells me, “There are two elaborate action sequences, each lasting for more than ten minutes. The entire impact of the film hinges on these two action sequences.”
The source admits the action in Saaho is of the kind never seen before in Hindi cinema. “The two action sequences are no doubt highlights. We’ve never seen anything like it before in Indian cinema. But would the audience be satisfied with those? Wouldn’t they want a complete experience along with a solid plot, which Saaho very clearly lacks.”
In fact this seeming absence of a well-defined solid plot has seemed a problem from the time the film’s trailer was out.
Sources close to the project say the sharp kicks and the glorious grunts cannot conceal the absence of a strong storyline in Saaho.
“If they are hoping to acquire blockbuster status on the basis of two action scenes then it is worrisome. Audiences expect a lot more than stunts in their movie experience. On the other hand
Shankar’s dubbed 2: 0 became a moneyspinner without a coherent plot merely on the starpower of Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar,” says the source.
Does Prabhas have the boxffice pull to compensate for the lack of a long-legged plot?