Savi Movie Review: Taut Plot Executed Without Thrill

Savi tells the gripping story of a housewife's daring plan to rescue her husband from a high-security prison, inspired by the timeless myth of Savitri and Satyavan.

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Taut Plot Executed Without Thrill

Savi- A Bloody Housewife Cast/ Actors: Anil Kapoor, Divya Khossla as Savitri aks Savi, Harshvardhan Rane as Savi’s husband, Lee Nicholas Harris as Police sergeant keely, Atul Sharma as Prison Inmate, Elena Skryabina as Prison Visitor, Dan Gallier as Prison Guard, Suki Chott as Prison Inmate, Samuel W Hodgson as Prison Guard, Hamza Butt as Prison Inmate, Andreina Sambucetti as Police officer, Adrian Stretton as Detective Lucas

Savi- A Bloody Housewife Director: Abhinay Deo

 Savi- A Bloody Housewife Release Date: May 31, 2024

Savi- A Bloody Housewife Available On: Theatrical Release and (The OTT release date of “Savi” is yet to be finalized)

Savi- A Bloody Housewife Released/ Available In Languages: Hindi

Savi –A Bloody Housewife Runtime: 126 Minutes

Savi- A Bloody Housewife Critic Review:

‘She is just a housewife.’
One of the most erroneous profiles anybody can make, especially the police.

Director Abhinay Deo who has a certain sophistication in his skill set, chooses understated Liverpool to set up a seemingly normal Indian family, with Savi (Divya Khossla) as “just the housewife”. And then the police rush in to take away husband Nakul Sachdev (Harshvardhan Rane) for the murder of his boss, Stefanie. Little son Adi who dotes on his dad is devastated.

Belief in his innocence and proof of it – the law seeks the latter and sentences Nakul to life.

The former powers Savi who moves heaven and earth to get him out of jail.

Adapting the premise from Paul Haggis’ The Next Three Days, screenplay writers Parveez Shaikh and Aseem Arora Indianise it by naming the wife Savitri. The Savitri-Satyavan story is so firmly etched in Indian memory that the connection is instant.

Abhinay’s direction is straightforward. But Savi’s elaborate planning to free Nakul and be a family again is laboured and without any excitement. There are mandatory flashbacks to happy times (with a Rab da vasta in the background) and extraneous scenes like a father back home sobbing over a video call or Savi’s friend’s sob story where she’s killed an abusive husband. In that bland monologue about UK and Canada flags and water tanks shaped like planes in Amritsar houses (straight out of Hirani’s Dunki), the writers equal killing a husband to dum, to “I’m no less than a man” pride, topped with a “Don’t be a bechari” lesson. What a symbol of feminism!

After googling about prisonbreak, hallucinating about getting caught and talking gibberish with a stranger, all of which were unnecessary, Savi gets going.

The only welcome break in the humdrum narration of a promising story is the sparkling presence of felon and author Joydeep Paul (Anil Kapoor). The stalwart brings both gravitas and comic relief as the expert jail breaker who has Savi’s back at every vital turn.

Stray moments like goons asking, “You ask for a loan at gunpoint?” are also amusing. But the narration simplifies policework and Savi’s harebrained jailbreak scheme. The cops come across as an earnestly bumbling bunch that can’t find a button or catch the couple in a hospital.

Although Paul uses amusing disguises to avoid being caught by the liberal presence of
CCTV cameras, Savi regularly tails a van that ferries the medical files of prisoners and goes in and out of the vehicle like CCTV cameras are non-existent.

There is some semblance of a clever strategy that’s revealed when the cops finally wise up to Savi’s brainwork. But otherwise, the escape largely relies more on coincidence, crazy pluck and plain luck than on a perfect plan.

Divya Khossla carries the show in her own way though Savi required far more intensity and range in the performance. Handsome Harshvardhan Rane has screen presence but little to do. Anil Kapoor saves the potential thriller with his ability to amuse and guide. I liked his Pitbull too. Cute.

But a lovely plot on paper loses with its monotonous execution. If only Abhinay Deo had a screenplay half as taut as The Shawshank Redemption, we could’ve added a super thriller to our cinematic library.

Savi- A Bloody Housewife – Watch Or Not?: Wait for it to stream on OTT.

Savi- A Bloody Housewife Review Score Rating:  2.5 out of 5 (i.e. 2.5/5)

Savi- A Bloody Housewife Official Trailer:

Savi- A Bloody Housewife Official Trailer (Credits: T-Series)

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