Soraj Pancholi made a dream debut at HERO , Is a film produced by Salman Khan. The film remained weak at the box office but the promotion of the film was such that it was Rs. 6.85 crores, which was the highest for the first film which had a debut. Sooraj disappears from the shackles and after four years, he is finally back with the satellite Schenker. So has SATELLITE SHANKAR emerged as a great entertainer and fulfills the expectations raised by the trailer? Or does it fail to entice? Let us analyze.
The satellite site is about the extraordinary journey of a soldier who brings a nation together. Shankar (Soraj Pancholi) is a rifleman posted near the LOC in Jammu and Kashmir. He is very popular in his regiment because of his jovial nature. He takes with him the idol of Lord Shankar. He pretends that this is a satellite that can help him connect with anyone in the world. With this little trick, he keeps motivating the authorities, despite them not getting the cards. Shankar got hurt in the firing by Pakistani forces. He is hospitalized and although the injury is not serious, he has been asked to rest for eight days. Shankar requests his commanding officer, Cheema (Sanjay Gurbaxani), that he wants to visit his mother in his hometown, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, and get his cataract treated. Cheema agrees on the condition that Shankar reaches base at 8 am after 8 days. Shankar promised to come back in the day and time by giving a ‘soldier figure’. Shankar’s colleagues request him to hand over gifts and other items to his family members while he is on his way to his hometown. Shankar then starts his three-day journey on a train from Jammu. As he begins the journey, an old couple in his bogie are asked to leave as they have boarded the wrong station. To help them find the right train at the next station, Kathua, Shankar disappears his train. He was a vulgar with Meera Bakshi (Palomi Ghosh), then took a taxi to Pathankot, where their respective trains were to stop. Then, while helping Meera, Shankar is unable to make his train on time. However, a family member of Subedar Jitu Singh (Pradeep Singh), an army aide, picked up Shankar’s luggage from his train when he stopped at a station in Punjab. Shankar arrives at Jeetu Singh’s Bagaha residence and uses his ‘satellite’ to spread happiness and solve his problem. After this Shankar goes to Agra and catches his train to Pollachi. Still, Shankar gives it a miss as he gets busy rescuing those who were on a bus that met with an accident. Interestingly, Meera is also on the bus and Shankar gets captured in her video. He becomes a hero of the nation overnight. Meera takes him on her own to find Shankar and she sets out to find him. His followers crossed the million mark and they too joined the yatra to ensure that Shankar not only reached his hometown soon, but also that he was able to follow his ‘military oath’ And will report back to base 8 days later at 8 pm. What happens next makes the rest of the film.
The story of Vishal Vijay Kumar and Irrfan Kamal is utopian, but has potential and can be described as ‘Munna Bhai Se Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. The screenplay of Vishal Vijay Kumar and Irrfan Kamal, however, does not do justice to the plot in hand. Some scenes unfold in person, but as part of the film, they seem a bit convenient and unconnected. Vishal Vijay Kumar and Irrfan Kamal’s dialogues are apt though. But some dialogues are in Punjabi, Tamil and Bengali and are difficult to understand. There should be subtitles for these lines.
Irrfan Kamal’s direction is weak and slightly illiterate. He had a big subject in his hand but first he messed it up on the stage of the screenplay. Then, with his execution, he made it worse. The first 15-20 minutes seems very silly and one might wonder what is actually happening in the film. The concept of ‘satellite’ becomes apparent only after 30-35 minutes in the Punjab village scene. The film boasts very filmy and convenient plot points and requires an expert direction so that the audience can digest it. In the absence of this, it would be difficult for them to actually connect with the film.
The early parts of SATELLITE SHANKAR may look bizarre. The concept of ‘satellite’ may not be easy to understand. Even the scene of Shankar being injured in cross-border firing is not correct, although the idea is interesting. The film becomes a bit interesting as Shankar gets on the train and he misses it. However, he misses his train three times and becomes too much. What came out in the first half is the scene of the village of Punjab and the sequence of bus accidents. After Interval, the film has some decent moments, but again, the direction and play of the screenplay has deteriorated. Nevertheless, the film remains somewhat attractive. However, the climax is when the film actually falls down. The stoned part looks completely forced and also changes the rhythm and tone of the film.
Sooraj Pancholi gives a great performance and amazes you with his hard work. There is an honesty to the way she played the role and it is completely with her character. Also, he is quite entertaining and is out for the scene where he mimics Prime Minister Narendra Modi! Megha Akash (Pramila) is lovely and gives competent support. His scene at Salem railway station is memorable. But sadly, his track is not handled well and he lacks confidence. Palomi Ghosh has a stunning screen presence and leaves a tremendous impression. Upendra Limaye (Inspector Chavan) is reliable. Pradeep Singh, Anurag Mishra (Anwar Hussain), Anil’s Regi (Sridhar), Asif Basra (Taxi Driver), Subrata Dutta (TC) and Sanjay Gurbaxani are fine.
The music is nothing special. ‘Pyaar Ka Satellite’ Is like a theme track and is the only song that works. ‘Aurari’ There is foot tapping but there comes a time when the audience is surprised about the concept of the film. ‘with you’ While forgettable ‘Jai He’ There is a sense of patriotism and therefore stands out. Sandeep Shirodkar’s background score is appropriate.
Jeetan Harmeet Singh’s cinematography is excellent. The film is shot at real locations and captures various locations well to bring authenticity. The action of Abbas Ali Mogul is dated. The production design of Tariq Umar Khan is as per the requirement of the film. Deepika also goes for the costumes of Lal and Anirudh Singh. White Apple’s VFX is decent. There are complaints in Chandan Arora’s editing.
Overall, Satellite SHANKAR is a deliberate flick but poor script and direction spoil the game. It will be a difficult time due to lack of awareness at the box office.