Rakshit Shetty and Rukmini Vasanth’s ‘Sapta Saagardaache Ello – Side A’ was a heartwarming love story about the undying love between Manu and Priya. The second part, which is a continuation of the prequel, revolves around two people who are in different stages of their lives. Will the ex-lovers get to meet each other again? Let’s find out!
Manu (Rakshit) spent 10 years in prison and is now a changed man. He has her cassette, which is now his memorabilia, and still lives with her memories. Priya (Rukmini) works in a saree shop taking care of her husband, who has given up on life, and her son Puneeth. Manu listens to the cassette every day, living their life in his imagination. To forget her, this former inmate-friend Prakasha (Gopal Krishna Deshpande) asks him to meet a sex worker. He meets Surabhi (Chaitra Achar) and eventually ends up liking her. Although he wants to see Priya in her, she keeps proving that she’s a different human being.
Manu takes Surabhi’s help in finding out Priya’s whereabouts. And he feels helpless seeing the life she is leading. Still madly in love with her, Manu stalks her and tries to help her find laughter and her voice by indirectly helping her. Will Manu’s help improve Priya’s quality of life? Will Manu find love again?
Just like ‘Side A’, ‘Sapta Saagardaache Ello – Side B’ tugs at your heartstrings. Manu’s eyes convey his feeling of seeing Priya struggle in her day-to-day life. And we feel for her as well. Rakshit and Rukmini, through their performances, have made Manu and Priya so endearing that we want to see them lead a peaceful life.
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Though ‘Side A’ was realistic, ‘Side B’ introduces us to a world where Manu gets everything at his own convenience. It’s superficial at one point to see him do everything for her – like setting up a hotel for her husband or going through her stuff at home when no one is home. The initial stalking scenes are borderline creepy. Though he intends to see her happy, he oversteps many a time.
‘Sapta Saagardaache Ello – Side B’ moves at its own pace and feels a bit stretched at many points. The stalking portions take up the maximum time in the first half. Hemanth’s screenplay, however, offers closure to all loose ends from the first half. The colour tones – blue for the sea and red for his anger – are used cleverly. Watch out for the brilliant climax sequence to savour Hemanth’s brilliance.
While Rukmini charmed us all with her cute antics in ‘Side A’, it is all about Rakshit Shetty in ‘Side B’. The aching look in his eyes, longing to lead a better life, the struggle to help Priya while trying to build a relationship with Surabhi – all these are conveyed through his eyes and it’s so beautiful to see him be Manu.
Rukmini underplays her role as Priya and makes us feel empathetic towards her. Chaitra, as a sex worker, is simply brilliant in her role. When a character from ‘Side A’ makes a comeback in the sequel, you feel palpable tension in the air. It is safe to say that ‘Sapta Saagardaache Ello – Side B’ is an emotional ride with a bittersweet climax. With minor shortcomings, the film is a fitting sequel to Part 1.
3 out of 5 stars for ‘Sapta Saagardaache Ello – Side B’.