Starring: Satya Dev, Nithya Menen, Rahul Ramakrishna, Tulasi Shivamani, Tanikella Bharani.
Director: Vishvak Khanderao
Producers: Nithya Menen,Pravallika Pinnamaraju, Prithvi Pinnamaraju
Music Director: Prashanth Vihari
Cinematography : Aditya Javvadi
Editor: Ravi Teja Girijala
Release Date : December 04,2021
Nithya Menen has turned producer for the first time with the film Skylab. Read our review to find out if the film has any juice in it or not.
Set in the year 1979, the film takes place in Banda Lingampally where the villagers come to know that a satellite named Skylab is going to fall on their village and end everything in life. This creates a tense atmosphere for doctor Anand(Satyadev), a writer Gauri(Nithya Menen), and a jobless youth played by Rahul Ramakrishna. How all these characters go through their own tensions and deal with this big hurdle is the story.
Nithya Menen always does in all her films and she, as Gauri, is very good in her role. She is pleasing to the eyes and has given an honest performance as a struggling writer. Satyadev is also good as the doctor but he gets lost in the second half and does not bring out the needed performance.
When it comes to playing Telangana characters, Rahul Ramakrishna is a pro and he is good in his comic role. Tulasi as Nithya Menen’s mom was very good along with Tanikella Bharani.
Skylab is based on real-life events and has been etched well storywise. The manner in which each of the characters has a backstory and their journey is also good. But the film has issues with the pace. There are no gritty moments in the film and the comedy also does not strike you.
For any movie to click, the emotions need to get established well but that does not happen here at all. The slow pace, dull narration, and insipid direction make the audience tired in no time.
Skylab is honest in its approach as the visuals and production design is very good. The characters do not connect well and there is no panic situation that is created in the film which is a must.
The film has a good value but that does not help in the narration of the scenes. What could have been a solid and gripping small-town story is spoilt by bad narration and a dull approach.
Bottom Line – Honest but slow to the core