Saakini Daakini - Appreciable but underwhelming

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Rating: 2.5/5

Cast - Regina Cassandra, Nivetha Thomas

Directed by Sudheer Varma

Screenplay by Akshay Poolla

Produced by D. Suresh Babu, Sunitha Tati

Cinematography Richard Prasad

Edited by Viplav Nyshadam

Music by Mikey McCleary

Production companies Suresh Productions, Guru Films, Kross Pictures

The Telugu film “Saakini Dakini” is a remake of the Korean film “Midnight Runners” by director Sudhir Varma. Before its release, there weren’t many expectations for the movie. But with a good trailer, the film crew has raised anticipation for this film. The movie was released today in theaters. Has the movie team succeeded in impressing the audience? Let’s see.


Damini (Regina) and Shalini (Nivedita Thomas) enlist as trainees in the police academy. They don’t get along with one another and try to overpower each other in every aspect. One day, they both bump into a criminal gang that abducts women. They both launch an investigation.  What kind of experiences did Saakini and Daakini have on this journey? How did the investigation ultimately come to a close? All the questions are answered in the movie.


The movie mainly focuses on the funny interactions between Shalini and Damini in the initial phases. How they tease and pull each other, and quarrel is shown entertainingly.  The training episodes were also handled nicely until one serious incident. After that, they both take the training seriously and get together along at a crucial moment. And expectedly the narration takes a serious turn midway.

The investigation part starts with an interesting tone and has a funny tinge to it. After a series of comic events, the narration goes into action mode where the two girls confront a big criminal gang. After that, the movie gets dragged a bit with a heavy action dose towards the climax.

The script had enough ingredients to be a good thriller, the screenplay was neat and the direction was adequate. But the problem was director did not narrate in a racy manner which is the Norm for this kind of genre. The end of the investigation part looked very ordinary and convenient. Even though the runtime was just 2 hours, it gave a feeling of being lengthy. The use of the Mahishasuramardhini song at the ending was good though.

Dialogues were good, camera work was okay. Background Score was good at parts.

Regina Cassandra and Nivetha Thomas both performed well and complimented each other well. They both rocked in the action sequences too. Bhanu Chandar was dignified but it was a bit odd to hear another voice dubbed for him. Prudhvi, Raghu Babu, Sudarshan and Satya provide a few good laughs. Kabir Durhan Singh, Amit, and others were alright.

On a whole, this action comedy works because of Regina Cassandra and Nivetha Thomas's Performance and an Interesting main plot. But the sluggish narration and mismatch of tone make it weaker. You can watch it with a bit of patience.

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