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Review of the film “Lakshya”: a predictable sports drama

ByMary M. Ward

Dec 10, 2021

But for archery and Naga Shaurya, there’s not much to root for in this predictable tale

In sports dramas, the main character is driven by a strong purpose and we tend to root for the underdog. In Lakshya, the theme is refreshingly different, as it centers around archery, a sport rarely explored in Telugu cinema.

Protagonist Pardhu’s (Naga Shaurya) father has an unfulfilled dream of winning a big archery match. After his death, Pardhu’s grandfather (Sachin Khedekar) supports Pardhu to train in archery and represent the country.

However, there is a catch. In crucial matches, Pardhu can only hit the mark if his grandfather is present; his presence gives Pardhu the confidence to win games. When the prodigy is predictably unable to raise funds to buy archery equipment, his grandfather ignores his heart condition and embezzles the money intended for his operation to buy it. Pardhu wins championships.

Later, another feeling comes into play and works for him. His girlfriend Hrithika (Ketika Sharma) says that if she is pampered by Pardhu, he is sure to get what he wants in life. True to this, from a seemingly impossible situation, he suddenly finds himself in the list of qualified players for the national championship.

Lakshya

  • Starring: Naga Shaurya, Ketika Sharma, Jagapati Babu
  • Direction: Santossh Jagarlapudi
  • Music: Kaala Bhairava

When his grandfather dies suddenly, Pardhu, overwhelmed with grief, turns to drugs and becomes addicted as a trusted friend becomes an enemy. Disqualified and dishonored, the hero disappears for a while. Then suddenly he reappears with a chiseled body and we learn that his phoenix-like reappearance is due to a guru (Jagapati Babu) who helps him achieve his goal despite his impaired vision.

Naga Shaurya put a lot of effort into playing his role and also does a decent job as an actor, but the storyline suffers from predictability. It’s nice that the story focuses on sports and eliminates unnecessary songs and dances, but that’s not enough.

Some dialogues are well written but others are cliched. For example, when Pardhu’s rival feels guilty and admits defeat, our blameless hero (body and soul) says they are united as India plays along. So the man who had plotted her downfall until there, suddenly takes root for him in the climactic scene.

The film moves at a snail’s pace and predictable lines; the only engaging factor is archery, a sport we haven’t explored in the movies.