The Archer Hits The Target in Lakshya, But The Film Falls Short

Several scenes in Lakshya reminded me of Maharshi, the National Award-winning epic.

Several scenes in Lakshya reminded me of Maharshi, the National Award-winning epic. The presence of a ‘villain’ in both stories isn’t just a plot device; it also indicates that the filmmaker isn’t confident in his ability to create drama solely through the central conflict. Despite the fact that Lakshya has a heartfelt storey at its core, the need to turn it into a’masala’ film reduces it to a pointless and frequently silly outing. Although this is the storey of a man overcoming numerous obstacles – both external and internal – in his quest for success and redemption, the generic treatment and sluggish obviousness that pervades the screenplay prevent Lakshya’s visions from coming to fruition.

Lakshya Movie Review

Lakshya mostly follows the tried-and-true sports movie formula. Parthu (Naga Shaurya), an archer, has a goal: to win the world championship, a dream that his late father was unable to realise. His grandfather serves as a motivator (played by Sachin Khedhekar). There’s a competitor: an agitated Rahul (Shatru, who gets more intro scenes than the leading man). There’s a stumbling block: the grandfather’s death and the ensuing fallout. Finally, the hero returns and realises his dream with the help of a coach, who is played by Jagapathi Babu. A training montage is also included, and it is one of the better parts of the film.

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The problem is that we’ve seen it all before, but what works to some extent is that the film doesn’t hold back when portraying Parthu’s angst and guilt. However, the obviousness of the dialogues is once again apparent. “It’s not his opponent Parthu has to compete with, it’s himself,” Jagapathi Babu says when a character says Parthu’s opponent has been knocked out of the tournament. This, of course, refers to Parthu’s need to overcome his guilt and mistakes, which manifest themselves in the form of a drug addiction. The film throws everything at us, whether it’s sadness or triumph, and frequently cuts back to earlier scenes.

A romantic track serves as a pretext for a generic song early in the film, followed by an equally generic fight scene. Aren’t filmmakers sick of building up a fight scene with a gang of thugs making crude remarks about the heroine, only for the man to come in and save the day? Ritika, played by Ketika Sharma, is barely a person in her own right. She’s just another ‘object’ used to assess the protagonist’s moral ambiguity.

Parthasarathi, Jagapathi Babu’s ageing coach who trains Parthu, is perhaps the only interesting character among the lot. Parthasarathi is said to have a rare eye disorder that causes him to be blind. To be honest, I was perplexed by this plot point, perhaps because of the actor’s inconsistent performance, which led me to misjudge the severity of his illness.

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The film’s climax, in which a world championship is entirely shot with a green screen, is even funnier. I’m willing to overlook a technical flaw. The writing, on the other hand, is unforgivable. Parthu’s opponent, a Chinese archer named Ang Lee, slyly instructs his teammates in the audience to chant the word “cheater” in order to demoralise Parthu. This isn’t something I made up. Lakshya has been treated in this manner.

Lakshya is certainly focused, but the script, like the protagonist, is prone to predictability.

Lakshya is a film directed by Lakshya.

Naga Shaurya, Ketika Sharma, and Sachin Khedhekar star in the film.

Santhossh Jagarlapudi is the director.

2 star rating

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