Starring: Prabhas, Prithviraj, Shruthi Haasan, Tinu Anand, Eshwari Rao, Jagapathi Babu, Sriya Reddy, Garuda Ram
Director: Prashanth Neel
Producer: Vijay Kiragandur
Music Director: Ravi Basrur
Cinematographer: Bhuvan Gowda
Editor: Ujwal Kulkarni
Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire, the long-awaited collaboration between Prabhas and Prashanth Neel, finally hit screens worldwide after a three-year anticipation. Let’s explore whether this film lives up to the colossal expectations.
Deva (Prabhas) leads a quiet life with his mother in Tinsukia, but tranquility shatters when a gang searches for Aadhya (Shruti Haasan), a newcomer in town. Deva discovers his best friend Varadharaja Mannar (Prithviraj Sukumaran) from Khansaar city is behind this chaos. The ensuing conflict raises questions: Who is Aadhya? What binds her to Varadharaj? What caused the rift between these friends? The film unravels these mysteries.
Prabhas returns to full-fledged action after a significant hiatus, skillfully portrayed by Prashanth Neel, who understands how to present Prabhas’s larger-than-life presence for fans.
Prabhas seamlessly embodies Deva aka Salaar, bringing intensity and ferocity to the role. His minimal-dialogue character shines through his physique, dialogue delivery, and fan-friendly persona. Prabhas captivates with his ruthless and gripping performance, especially in action sequences.
Prithviraj Sukumaran delivers a commendable performance, adding depth to the film with his surprising Telugu proficiency and engaging scenes opposite Prabhas.
The first half packs a punch with Prashanth Neel’s signature racy and crisp screenplay. It boasts outstanding action sequences, neat scoring, and impactful moments.
The movie’s second half lacks a refined narration, occasionally drawing parallels to Neel’s previous work, affecting its originality.
Despite a strong supporting cast, certain actors like Jagapathi Babu, Bobby Simha, John Vijay, and Sriya Reddy are spotlighted more, sidelining others who could have had more significant roles in the latter part.
Excessive violence might disconnect family audiences from the storyline.
Prashanth Neel displays directorial finesse, magnifying heroism through subtle scenes. However, a more focused narrative in the second half could have bolstered the overall impact.
Ravi Basrur’s score elevates key moments, while Bhuvan Gowda’s cinematography and Anbarivu’s stunts shine. Though the editing could be refined in the latter part, the production values are commendable.
Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire emerges as an intense action drama with stellar performances by Prabhas and Prithviraj. The well-executed action sequences amplify the film’s appeal. However, a simple narrative, a slightly dragging second half, and excessive violence mark its drawbacks. For Prabhas enthusiasts or fans of high-octane action movies, Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire makes for a weekend watch.