Review : 47 Days

Review : 47 Days

'47 Days', starring Satyadev Kancharana as a cop, is being streamed on Zee5.  This was to release last year but kept facing severe blocks.  It's finally out.  Since theatres are not operating, it has come out on OTT, for it was left without a choice.  Does it work?  Let's analyze.  

Story:

Sathya (Satyadev Kancharana) is a widowed Assistant Commissioner of Police in Vizag.  During a sensitive operation, Sathya hallucinates his dead wife Paddu's (Roshini Prakash) presence and the mission goes haywire.  He faces suspension.

This is when he happens to spot an eerie clue in the suicide case of a pharma businessman.  Enter Christina (Pooja Jhaveri), who compounds his confusion.  Rajaram (Srikanth Iyengar) and Ravi (Ravi Varma), both of whom are cops, are part of the story.    

Why did the hero's wife commit suicide?  Is there more to Christina than meets the eye?  Can the supposed suicide of the pharma tycoon have a closure?  That's what the mystery-drama is all about.

Performances:

Even as he waits for the release of 'Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya', 'Brochevarevarura' actor Satyadev Kancharana gives efficient performance.  Ravi Varma and Srikanth Iyyenger could have been understated.  Sathya Prakash is unbearable, while Pooja Jhaveri of Vijay Deverakonda's 'Dwaraka' fame passes muster.  Mukthar Khan, Roshini Prakash and others are forgettable.

Technical Departments:

GK's cinematography is ordinary.  Raghu Kunche's music is not up to the mark.  The background score is inadequate in crucial scenes.  The editing department does a fairly good job.

What Works:

Minus Satyadev's performance, the film doesn't throw up any plus points.  To an extent, the first act is little engaging and that's all there is to it.  

What Fails:

The film takes the audience's intelligence for granted.  The hero is able to solve the mystery in about 10 days (the title itself is a misnomer) because of some unrealistic coincidences.  

If a businessman or a cop or a journalist dies in the initial scenes and the police department says it's a suicide, even a kid knows that it must be a case of murder.  '47 Days' thinks it's telling a smart screenplay by using misleading tricks.

The way the circumstances help the hero, it feels very unreal while watching the film.  This type of story-telling is a common flaw in our thrillers.

Pooja Jhaveri's character doesn't make the cut.  Her behaviour, the way she faces the same extraordinary situation twice in life, the way she speaks in the presence of her lover - these elements are childish.

The last 15 minutes of the film should have been at a different level.  Director Pradeep Maddali, challenged by budgetary constraints, mounts laughable scenes in a ramshackle den.

The 104-minute long film feels stretched whenever Satyadev is seen speaking to other policemen.

The dialogues lack appeal.

Overall Analysis:

'47 Days' goes for a toss right after the first act.  The writing is not intelligent.  The investigative track lacks depth and smarts.  Since it's an OTT release that comes with no additional cost, go for it on a boring day.