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Main Sandeep Unnikrishnan was an officer within the Indian Military serving within the elite 51 Particular Motion Group of the Nationwide Safety Guards. He was killed in motion through the November 2008 Mumbai assault and was consequently awarded the Ashoka Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award. Main is a fictionalised account of his life. As his father Ok Unnikrishnan (Prakash Raj) proudly says as a commemorative operate, “My son’s life was not about the way in which he died however about the way in which he lived.”

Within the movie, we meet the one that later grew to become the martyr, giving his every part for the love of his nation. We see Sandeep (Adivi Sesh) develop up with the love of uniform in his eyes, mesmerised by the white of the Navy. Circumstances pressure him to decide on the Military, the place after finishing the common course, he joins the commando coaching course and tops that, and later turns into a coaching officer. We see him boldly crossing the L.O.C. in Kashmir and taking part in cricket with the native children within the no-man’s-land, we see him coaching fellow-soldiers with eagle-eyed vigilance and we additionally see him struggling to strike a steadiness between private {and professional} life. We’re additionally launched to the love of his life, childhood sweetheart Isha Agarwal (Saiee Manjrekar). She doesn’t wish to simply be a military spouse and has ambitions of her personal. They each share a deep bond however tensions floor within the relationship due to the character of his job. Isha’s character states within the movie that whereas everybody talks concerning the sacrifices made by the troopers, however nobody realises the sacrifices made by their households. Their love story isn’t your typical Bollywood fare however has the ebbs and flows of a traditional relationship.

The second half of the movie is devoted to the Mumbai terrorist assaults of 26 November 2008. The infamous acts of Kasab and different infiltrators are proven in gory element. The terrorists took over the long-lasting Taj Mahal resort and the NSG commandos managed to rescue the hostages and kill these accountable in a multi-day operation. Whereas inventive liberty is taken in recreating the occasions taking place contained in the resort, they nonetheless depart an impression. Seeing so many individuals being mercilessly killed shakes you up. Sandeep is proven as a one-man-army taking over the rescue operations single-handedly and leaping again into motion though injured. Parallel to his monitor, we additionally see Sobhita Dhulipala, who performs a visitor named Pramoda Reddy. She helps rescue slightly woman from the clutches of the terrorists and goes by means of some edge-of-the-seat moments. The sequences add one other twist to the movie’s plot and acquaint us with the fear confronted by the harmless bystanders.

The media gave a blow-by-blow account of the rescue operations and the Pakistani handlers watching TV have been in a position to talk the second of the commandos by means of that. Editorial discretion was sorely missing at that juncture and that time too is raised by the movie. A media blackout absolutely would have saved extra lives however that was a command choice that ought to have been taken by these in energy. It was a bitter lesson learnt.

Sandeep’s final phrases reportedly have been, “Don’t come up, I’ll deal with them.” The poignancy of the final scene stays with you, as he’s proven firing within the enemy’s course until his dying breath. Adivi Sesh, who has additionally written the movie, provides an impressed efficiency taking part in the titular function. He appears to have understood what Main Unnikrishnan stood for and brings within the late soldier’s pleasure and dedication to his efficiency with out going excessive. The sincerity with which he essays the function is palpable certainly. Adivi is destined for greater issues after this. Saiee Manjrekar seems to be good because the accomplice who finds she isn’t getting what she requested for and is sad about it. It’s a balanced efficiency from the younger actor, depicting each love and frustration. Veterans Revathy and Prakash Raj make their presence felt because the grieving mom and father. The little nuances that they bring about to their gestures units them above the remaining by a mile. Murli Sharma performs the strict commander with a golden coronary heart and pulls it off with no hiccup. Sobhita Dhulipala too is efficient because the braveheart resort visitor who does her greatest to avoid wasting a baby.

All-in-all, Main is a becoming tribute to Main Sandeep Unnikrishnan, a soldier who went past the decision of responsibility to assist his fellow countrymen of their time of want. He confirmed us what true gallantry seems to be like and Adivi Sesh’s efficiency provides us a glimpse of what sort of a person he was – a real warrior who lived and died by his personal code.

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Neeshita Nyayapati, Could 31, 2022, 12:15 AM IST

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Story: “What’s a soldier?” is a query Main Sandeep Unnikrishnan has needed to grapple with since he joined the Indian Military. It’s a query he asks himself at the same time as he fights terrorists in Mumbai on the fateful day of 26/11.

Evaluation: You know the way the saying goes, that funerals are for the residing and never the lifeless? Should you thought that Sashi Kiran Tikka’s Main was only a tribute to the 26/11 martyr, you’re improper. This movie is a tribute to the sacrifices a lonely spouse needed to make every time her husband is off preventing dangerous guys, sacrifices dad and mom should make whereas praying their son isn’t the one known as to battle. This movie is for these whose sacrifices are seldom acknowledged whereas they’re most frequently those left mourning.
Sandeep Unnikrishnan (Adivi Sesh) has a protecting intuition embedded in his DNA. He feels concern however he doesn’t assume twice earlier than placing himself in hurt’s manner if it means saving somebody’s life. It’s no marvel that at the same time as slightly boy, he finds himself fascinated with the ‘uniform’ and a soldier’s lifestyle. However what does being a soldier imply? Does it imply forgoing being an excellent husband and son, does it imply placing oneself first on the battlefield or going to the extremes of being a sacrificial lamb with no self-preservation? At the same time as he contends with these questions, a tragedy strikes the nation and Sandeep, who’s an NSG main now, should do his bit.

Going into Main, you already know the way the 26/11 terrorism assault in Mumbai will play out; you additionally know that Sandeep will find yourself a martyr. So how does one inform a story the place the viewers is already aware of the main beats? Whereas one might nit-pick and consider varied different methods, director Sashi Kiran Tikka and Adivi Sesh, who wrote the story and screenplay, resolve to concentrate on Sandeep the human as an entire quite than simply Sandeep the martyr. When the inevitable occurs, you mourn not only a soldier who sacrificed his life for the nation however a life that he might’ve lived. To disclose something extra about this coming-of-age story could be an injustice.

Aiding Adivi Sesh, Saiee Manjrekar (who performs his childhood sweetheart Isha) and Shobitha Dhulipala (who performs a businesswoman known as Pramoda) are a robust technical crew. Saiee will get a personality with coronary heart, one that’s totally fleshed out as a substitute of present for the sake of it. Shobhitha’s Pramoda too is as detailed as it may be; given the circumstances she’s launched in. Abburi Ravi’s dialogues and Sricharan Pakala’s music blatantly play in your feelings however they do it effectively for essentially the most half. Actually, it’s certainly one of their greatest works. Vamsi Patchipulusu’s cinematography goes from dreamy to suffocating, relying on the scene taking part in out whereas Vinay Kumar Sirigineedi and Kodati Pavan Kalyan make some good modifying decisions that stand out in key scenes. The motion sequences by Naba additionally stand out.

The movie isn’t with out his flaws although. Abburi Ravi’s dialogues and Sricharan’s music do get slightly too heavy handed in some scenes, forcing you to really feel a sure manner even earlier than you’re feeling it organically. Sandeep and Isha’s meet-cute doesn’t have the specified impact even when their story does get stronger because the movie progresses. Sure tracks relating to Sandeep’s army-mates appear incomplete. There are a number of different issues one might nit-pick too however the way in which the movie is crafted with a non-linear screenplay, it doesn’t actually allow you to assume a lot. However it’s to be famous that the movie is not factual, each in the way in which the occasions of 26/11 performed out and the way Sandeep presumably dealt with it.

Adivi Sesh will get the function of his lifetime and he grabs it with each fingers. He does an excellent job of taking part in each a clean confronted teenager who would possibly come throughout as naïve to a person who is aware of what he needs from life and is keen to combat for it, even when circumstances don’t at all times enable it. Saiee matches the function so far as her age is worried however she comes throughout as uncooked and inexperienced within the emotional scenes. Shobitha breezes by means of her function, so do Murli Sharma and Anish Kuruvilla. Prakash Raj and Revathi, who play Sandeep’s dad and mom, give the function their all. The whole lot from the way in which they love their son to grieve him comes throughout as heartbreakingly life like.

Main may be an motion drama for essentially the most half the place weapons and bombs change into the norm after a sure run-time, however the movie does an excellent job of choosing a private tone as a substitute of a jingoistic one, when the latter may need been simpler. This one deserves to be watched on the large display screen, you gained’t remorse it.

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