Samantha Ruth Prabhu will make her debut in the mythological genre titled Shaakuntalam. Amid high expectations, the long-awaited trailer was released on social media. The trailer has been revealed in all the languages of the South, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi too. Judging by the trailer, the movie is a visual treat for fans of Samantha, who will get to see her in a never-before-seen avatar.
The 3-minute trailer begins with the introduction of Samantha as the first abandoned child in human history and Menaka and Vishwamitra’s daughter, Princess Shakuntala. The actress looks like an ethereal princess and manages to grab attention with her grace and elegance. Samantha’s chemistry and romance with Dev Mohan, who plays Dushyanta, is amazing. However, it seems that the love story will have a tragic end. Overall, the trailer shows Shakuntala fighting for love and war.
Here are the six hits and misses from the Shaakuntalam trailer that we noticed. Check out below
Samantha as Princess (HIT)
Samantha has played many different characters in her career, but this is the first time she appears in a legendary role. The actress in the role of Princess Shakuntala in sarees and traditional outfits is the epitome of grace. Samantha’s introduction from an orphaned child to a beautiful adult woman is mesmerizing. Grace while talking and walking shows that she has taken great pains to do proper justice to the character. Samantha looks charming. We can clearly see the greatness in every frame. The color aesthetics are spot on.
Chemistry and Romance (HIT)
Samantha looks perfect with every actor she’s paired with. The way you manage to put together your chemistry and romance with Dave Mohan, King of the Borough Dynasty, is mesmerizing. Like the demands of a mythical movie, she perfectly portrayed shyness, blushing when her king approaches her. The love story looks epic and promises a visual treat.
Visual Effects & Cinematography (HIT & MISS)
Since Shaakuntalam is a mythological film based on the play Abhijnanashakuntalam, written by poet Kalidasa, it is heavy on visual effects. Most of the photos in the trailer look amazing, especially Samantha’s entry with butterflies and peacocks. The mountains, rivers and everything is sure to create the perfect mythical movie atmosphere. There are great shots of forests, kingdoms, and CGI warfare as Dushyant leads his armies against the King of Ausra (played by Kabir Duhan Singh). The cinematography is top notch and promises to be as classy as Baahubali and RRR.
However, at the end of the trailer, the lion’s apparition scene doesn’t look real. The sound effects rest a bit but it makes up for it with Allu Arha sitting on it.
Dubbing and Dialogue Delivery (MISS)
The dubbing and dialogue for Samantha’s rendition appears to have been missed in the trailer. Since it’s pure traditional language, it doesn’t seem to fit in. Not only Samantha, the dubbing of several characters doesn’t sound perfect. However, she deserves special recognition as she called herself Telugu and Hindi. With such a large trailer, the dialogue delivery and dubbing are a total letdown.
Allu Arha entry (HIT)
Shaakuntalam marks the debut of Allu Arjun’s daughter, Arha, who plays Prince Bharata. While Arha is very cute and her entry totally caught our attention, the visual effects for the lion and Arha seem to be off. It doesn’t look real at all. However, Allu Arjun fans are excited to see Arha on screen for the first time.
Fashion and Fashion (HIT)
Costumes play a very important role in mythological films as it brings out the essence of the character and Shakuntalam justified it in every way. Neeta Lulla, the costume designer for the film, created every outfit perfectly fine for Samantha aka Shakuntala and Dev Mohan aka Dushyant. From simple white and maroon saris, to opulent orange and red silk looks with gold and silver jewellery, everything looks sparkling.
After being pushed several times, the makers have finally announced the release date of the legendary drama. Shakuntalam is finally slated to hit cinema halls on February 17 this year. While the film was scheduled to be released on November 4, 2022, it was delayed because the makers wanted to make the film bigger and release it in 3D.
Mohan Babu, Sachin Khedekar, Gautami, Aditi Balan, Ananya Nagala, and Varshini Sundirajan will play prominent roles in the upcoming drama, along with others. Designed and directed by Gunasekhar, the project is supported by production banner Gunaa Teamworks, while Dil Raju Productions is the film’s distributor. Prawin Pudi headed the film’s editing department.
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