Mohanlal’s Sagar Alias Jacky: Review

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Amal Neerad’s second movie, Sagar alias Jacky is high on style and low on substance. Mohanlal enacts his part as Underworld kingpin Sagar alias Jacky stylishly and with elan. As far as Amal Neerad is concerned, he repeats himself and the movie neither has the novelty or the freshness of Big B. Essentially Sagar Alias Jacky is a short 130 min tale of revenge crafted with a weak storyline and a script that offers absolutely nothing new. Sagar Alias Jacky, has almost nothing to do with the erstwhile superhit ‘Irupatham Nootandu’.This will not be a Mohanlal movie, even a Mohanlal fan will name after say a year or two. Highly watchable, forgettable.

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The movie will be a success for Mohanlal who dons his role with exceptional control and who has produced the movie. With 115 prints and about 500 shows daily , SAJ will be the largest release ever in the history of Malayalam cinema. The movie might just break-even by mid-week. The movie will be a failure for Amal Neerad, who was riding on sky high expectations after the spectacular and original portrayal in Big B. Amal Neerad proves that he is not any ‘Avant Garde’ material we might have mistook him for, but a normal artless director who is going the Shaji Kailas way by copying what worked once and beating it till death. The movie in the meanwhile also spits on our intelligence

SAJ is a highly watchable movie, very stylish and very fast(though Amal Neerad does scene by scene copy from English in a few scenes). Do not go expecting a storyline, there isn’t one, but the overall scope and presentation is very remarkable. W    hile the out of place focus on Mohanlal’s face makes you cringe, the overall scheme and craft is remarkably different. (though very similar to Big B)

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Story: Mohanlal plays underworld Don Sagar(alias Jacky). The erstwhile Gold smuggler is now into real estate development, while running an occasional Con-Job. Sagar flies down from Dubai when one of his friends gets kidnapped. Of course he rescues his friend (what dya think?), and then its a short tale of deceit and revenge. There is no suspense, and nowehere during the movie does Mohanal’s character even sense the possibility of defeat. Its a clean sweep.
Good:
1. Mohanlal: Lal gives a pretty decent one this time. The character, though loud at times creates a fleeting impression. (Just a fleeting impression).
2. Cinematography and Pace: Kudos to Amal Neerad, the camera work, though it imitates Big B in certain scenes, is superb.  This along with the pace and style of the movie provides a feast for the Mohanlal fan’s eye. No wonder the theatre erupted every two minutes.
Bad:
1. The movie spits on your intelligence while setting the record for the most number of villains killed by a single hero. Mohanlal kills around 14,565 villains with two guns. The villains also have guns, but as the Southern Travancore swear word goes – they are born to blow jobs, so they don’t shoot with aim. The script is somewhat as believable as this shooting spree.

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2. Mohanlal-Bhavana pairing: This was injustice to both Mohanlal and Bhavana. Mohanlal cannot even play her brother at this point, and casting him alongside Bhavana brings his age and figure under more scrutiny. Why can’t they have Meena or Shobana play his love interest. Then again, as Shobana said in a recent interview, Mohanal’s heroin must be below 20 🙂
3. Story, Script, Screenplay, Direction: are non-existent. Amal Neerad and SN Swami falls flat. But Amal Neerad needs to be appreciated more for falling flat in his second movie. Big B was a direct copy, but what SAJ lacks in comparison to Big B is the subtlety. In Big B, every dialogue was under-stated, silences were used properly and the songs made sense. SAJ does not have a silent minute, is a bit too focussed on Mohanlal’s face and  the item song embedded for nothing only proves that Jyothirmayee is fat with thundering thighs.

Verdict: Must be a simple hit. Watch it, if you have nothing better to do. I would wait out for the Harihar Nagar team to arrive if I were you.

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20 Responses to Mohanlal’s Sagar Alias Jacky: Review

  1. Ajay March 30, 2009 at 2:07 am #

    Alas…..touche!

  2. JITHIN March 30, 2009 at 7:10 am #

    the only reason y i think people think SAJ is not a good movie is that their xpectations were high before the release . i agree this movie doesnt have a great story to speak about & its unbelievable that s.n swamy is the script writer.
    but i want to ask all the film audience one question . what story did the low-class movie Twenty -20 have ???? franlky speaking, i didnt like that movie & it was created for the law class peaople in kerala. the film actually showed the lack of film sense of people herE .
    1)people were eagerly waiting for SAJ to b released 1)though people knew the relaese date of 20-20 they were not eagerly
    & their xpectation were high. but it didnt come up waiting for it.
    to thair xpectations.
    2)people went to the theatre xpecting huge. 2)people went to theatre without much xpectations .they had in their
    now i say. if they had no such xpectations mind what would b the story,how can all the actors fit in to a
    SAJ woulh have been a mega hit single movie & weather all have equal roles . but the film had
    more than their xpectations as it had “something” to cheer.no story, mega starschallenginging others–such a low class film made for low-profiled audience .DILEEP-i pitty u and malayalam film industry.
    3) audience say lalettan and Bhavana ‘jodi’ 4)oh- priya(an irritating song) with dileep & bhavana: oh my God what
    lacked the “chemistry” the hell was dillep doing????? a local dance(dileep raising his hands to sky and dancing) that song is irritatong me.

  3. BVN March 30, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    Ajay, its watchable 🙂

    JITHIN, I liked 20-20 only because Lal was there. But dont talk about the class of people who watch Mohanlal movies. a fan myself, I saw what Lal fans did in the theatre yesterday. Lalinte show kanda pore? ivanmarudem show kanano? I didnt understand the rest of yr comment.

  4. Jayasankar April 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    മയിര് തന്നെ, ഇപ്പോളത്തെ മലയാളം സിനിമയുടെ സ്റ്റേറ്റ്. എല്ലാം ഒരു ഫാന്‍സി ഡ്രസ്സ് മയം. It has now gone much beyond the margin one can give for popular cinema. It is all crap now. They say one should not make generalizations, but this one, I don’t find a single person who can disagree.

    Hopefully, it dies off soon. I don’t think as a malayali I’ll feel even a tint of sadness now if no one makes ‘popular’ malayalam cinema.

  5. Jayasankar April 1, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    ആ കമന്റ് ഹൃദയത്തില്‍ നിന്നായത്‌ കാരണം ഒരു പക്ഷെ സഭ്യം അല്ല 🙂 (?).Anyway, I have been shocked by some of the recent malayalam movies. They are so bad, they are not even bad. Once I had even thought, it may be the snobbishness of some prententio-intellectuallism still left in me, and I have been ready to give second chances for a long time. But then, they started making caricatures of caricatures of fancy dress characters. Pathetic.
    Anyway, good films still get made. Do you read this blog – http://thinkingframes.blogspot.com/ , the best film review blog IMHO (sorry, after Talkies).

  6. JITHIN P.A April 3, 2009 at 1:48 am #

    Mr Ajay , let me tell u one thing 1st, I am not a single mohanlal or mamooty fan . i watch all movies.
    Look i am a theatre owner in malappuram .so i know all film trends & fans responses. though 20-20 gave me a big profit, i am not happy vth this film as i predicted the long term effect it is going to have on the malayalam film industry . how many films have succeeded after 20-20???
    only 2 hari-har nagar. u know y?
    bcoz it has 4 main lead actors , simlilar to 20-20 which had many . so after 20-20 the wants of film audience had changed . they now want many main actors in a single film, this financially demands large budget(u know mal movie can earn a maximum of rs 10 crore only).so its not profitable to make big budget movies.
    u commented about the people. i mean about the standard of 20-20 movie. its a film without any story and unsensibility, some boring jokes, showing lal-mammooka competition just to attract common people…so i said it as a low class film.
    hey please accept the reality and think of it . am i correct about what 20-20 trend has set . now mal cinema is in a big trap for coming years and i would ask Mr DILEEP y he has made such idiotic films??? the answer is to reap huge profits vthout thinking about future of malayalam cinema.
    Mr Ajay , i appreciate ur comments and look forward for further. and i doesnt mean to challenge u at all.hope u take it in right spirit.

  7. Madhu April 3, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    Dear Jithin,
    Good films will get their due credit. It does not matter how many actors are there in the movie. What matters is a good story, screenplay, direction, casting and the way it is presented. I am a die hard Mohanlal fan (1986-1996). Mohanlal, the actor may be still alive, but his acting died after his role in PRINCE. He might be giving one off performances that get him a state or Asianet award but thats not because of his acting talent but the lack of it in others.
    I would suggest he should start doing the roles which suits his age and stop killing so many people in movies (and off it with his poor acting).

  8. JITHIN P.A April 5, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    Dear Madhu,
    i agree that, a good films needs a good & unquestionable(like classmates and 2 harihar nagar) and many other factors .
    but in the last comment i mean that, twenty-20 movie has killed the malyalam movie. what story it had??? it highlighted the star-war(like lal-mammooka ) only . now people needs star riched film and they competing each other vth some punch diolouges . is this situation pitty???
    now its going to make no good for the film industry !!!
    atlest realise the fact that twenty-20 didnt deserve the succes it has got. do u agree???

  9. Payyan April 5, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    suggest 2 go n watch 2HariharNagar… at least the first half… i feel the slapstick is worth…

  10. JITHIN P.A April 6, 2009 at 11:16 pm #

    Sagar Alias Jacky after 1st week:
    —->big drop in collection
    —->record opening collection and awesome booking
    —->in 65 theatres (102 it was when it released)
    —->share of 1.65 crore (not that good , especially after being released in 102 theatres)
    remember the film was produced with a 6crore budget

  11. JITHIN P.A April 6, 2009 at 11:17 pm #

    Its disappointed and shame to see that SAGAR ALIAS JACKY being getting destroyed in front of 2 HARIHAR NAGAR(it deserves it its success)
    Mohanlal, Amal Neerad ,S.N swamy and Antony Perumabvoor and the enire production crew has to take up the entire responsibilty for its failure.
    By the film SAJ , Mohanlal as a such high profiled actor has been become nothing infront of 2nd and 3rd line actors of 2HHN.
    Hope our dear LALETTAN comes strongly in the coming films

  12. Neethu April 9, 2009 at 3:24 am #

    In the movie laal’s appearance ugly and horrible , he looks like an elephant.

    Mohanlal is an expired actor who is very good at giving mega flops recently (past 2-3 yrs), when compared to mamooty. Mohanlaal can no more dream of fooling the audience by his ugly appearance and dialogues like sawaari giri giri, nee kutti aane and many other Shi*ts. He should look for some grandpa roles , if he really wants to survive in the industry. He should move away and give chances to the upcoming talents like prithiviraj, jaisurya, narain n lot many others.

  13. JITHIN P.A April 14, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    Dear Neethu,
    I accept the reality that Mohanlal has lost his old karizmatic charm .
    U said that lalettan should give chance to Prithviraj,jayasurya etc !! by this comment u have insulted prithvi $ jayasurya . u know y??
    by the comment u meant that , young actors fear the ‘superstars’ and if they want to succeed ‘superstars’ has to give way to them !!! “there is no sportsman spirit”!!! IS THIS SITUATION PITTY & SHAME ?
    PRITHVI,JAYASURYA etc must first give the audience some good characters and films which is evergreen and doesnt lose it freshness after many years .
    Superstar tag is not a simple thing, its proves the acceptance of valuable ultimate film audience to a actor . lalettan and mamooka r now perhaps facing a bad time in their career . and u must not forget the good films they have given to us and served the industry for many years.
    NEETHU , understand that currently malayalam film industry requires mohanlal . its too early for PRITHVI and others to take over the entire industry .
    PLEASE understand that i am not a MOHANLAL fanatic , i am only a well-wisher of malayalam films.

  14. Sachin nair April 17, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    I agree with a lot of views here. To touch upon some truths here – there are basically 2 factions in the film industry- one ruled by lalettan and the other by mammotty..if u cehck out the stars who act with these ppl, mostly they are the same. This proves just one thing – our super heroes decide who acts and who doesnt. Its a fact and lets not deny that. Also, mohan lal is too strong to be pulled down yet. u know why. Its just bcoz of US, the fans of lalettan. He command maybe the strongest of fan associations in india itself and that is why he can take decisions in any films he acts. Definitely its high time he changes the roles that he does, and to some extent he is doing that. FYI for some of the ppl here – Bhavana is NOT paired opposite to MohanLal in SAJ. Not even once has Mohan lal danced or romanced with Bhavana. Can you the name the last film in which Lalettan did such things? its been a long time. Now abt the awards, definitely its the influence and the command of these top 2 actors that doesnt give much exposure to other actors. thats the same reason our so called young actors are doing films in tamil and hindi. malayalam films will go on with our 2 super stars till they age and start acting like grandfathers..at the same time, i dont see any super star coming up in the next 5-10 yrs. Ditto for the malayalee actresses ( not many actually), where we try to get from north and other states and who eventually just fade with time.

  15. abhilash May 6, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    hey neethu.how can u say tat lalettan has to do grandpa roles now??? i don find any change in lalettans acting compared to old times except he has become more matured..how can u ask someone with 40 + to do the role of characters in akarayakarayakare and boeing boeing.and if lalettan shud do grandpa roles,wat do u expect from mamooty???role of a corpse huh???n abt prithviraj n jayasurya.do u tink if given a film like kireedom to them, can they act atleast 20% of wat lalettan did?Neethu, lalettan is a pure class, once on a life time actor.tleast he s nt doing college hero type roles in this age which can be seen in other lang films.I admit prithviraj can do justice to a campus film bt not matured character roles.U told lalettan has given nly flops in past 2-3 yrs.That shows how ignorant u r.Dear, in the last 2 yr lalettan had only 2-3 flops.What will ya call mamootys acting then, having had all flops last year.:)I know gals like u nly want to watch glamour(the likes f prithviraj n jaya…heheh).I admit they r more glamorous than lalettan(presently) bt don compare their acting wid the legend.And abt u calling laletan as elephant, don u dare use abusive words against lalettan.

  16. abhilash May 6, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    Some idiots say tat actors like lalettan shud give chance to yunger actors.Only thing i have to say is that,when lalettan made his entry to malayalam film industry, nazeer,soman,sukumaran all were in their prime, and lalettan has made his own name in the malayalam industry.So if these so called yungsters has talent,they can make their own name.

  17. gwarrier October 23, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

    Just saw this movie; looked for an online review and ofcourse -talkies is the first link on google.
    My thoughts:
    Positive: Always enjoy Mohanlal’s acting even with a crappy script and screenplay
    Negative: Sad to see mohanlal dealing with a crappy script and screenplay
    Bottomline: If you enjoy Lal’s movies, you will get through it, a no-brainer – well literally!

  18. Anil December 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    Just saw it on dvd. Lal, Shobana and Bhavana are watchable. Half the movie seems to be ‘lal in slow motion’ – highly overdone I must say. Attempted technical sophistication, with a no-substance plot.

  19. Gaf May 10, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    Mohanlal is good for nothing these days. No movies of him is watchable. Better we forget him. It is long time since I saw any of his films…his days in the industry are counted!!!

  20. Atul April 18, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    this movie disappointed me, and it would have disappointed me even more if I hadn’t fallen asleep mid-way.

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