Major is a biographical action drama film directed by Sashi Kiran Tikka and produced by Sony Pictures International Productions, GMB Entertainment, and A+S Movies, set to be released in India in 2022.
The film follows the life of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, an army officer who was slain in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and is shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi.
Major had a limited theatrical release on May 24, 2022, in a few places across India, before being distributed worldwide on June 3, 2022.
- Adivi Sesh as Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan
- Prakash Raj as K. Unnikrishnan
- Sobhita Dhulipala as Pramoda Reddy
- Saiee Manjrekar as Isha Agarwal
- Revathi as Dhanalakshmi Unnikrishnan
- Murali Sharma as Commander Shera
- Anish Kuruvilla as Hotel Manager Rodriguez
- Abhinav Singh Raghav as NDA Batchmate Harsh
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Major is a film directed by Sashi Kiran Tikka based on the life of real-life hero Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan. Sri Charan Pakala provided the music, while Vamsi Patchipulusu shot the film and Vinay Kumar Sirigineedi and Kodati Pavan Kalyan edited it. Sony Pictures Films India is producing the film alongside Mahesh Babu’s GMB Entertainment Pvt. Ltd and A+S Movies.
Major is a Telugu-Hindi multilingual film. Adivi Sesh wrote the main story and screenplay, while Abburi Ravi handled script guidance and Telugu dialogues.
Sandeep Unnikrishnan (Adivi Shesh) had always desired to join the army. To serve his country, he flees. But, like many parents, they aspire to be doctors or engineers. However, seeking a position in the Navy against the parents’ wishes will be rejected. He subsequently applied for a job in the army and was able to realize his dream.
Sandeep Unnikrishnan (Adivi Sesh) was born with a protective instinct. He is afraid, yet he is willing to put himself in danger if it means saving someone’s life. It’s no surprise that he’s been attracted by the ‘uniform’ and the soldier’s way of life since he was a small child. But what exactly does it mean to be a soldier? Does it imply abandoning one’s role as a good husband and son, prioritizing one’s own survival on the battlefield, or going to the lengths of being a sacrificial lamb with no regard for self-preservation? Even as he wrestles with these issues, a national tragedy occurs, and Sandeep, who is now an NSG major, is called upon to help.
Sandeep made no attempt to attack the gunman alone. Major is the account of what happened to Sandeep after he joined the army.
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Box Office Collection:
Major earned 13.1 crores on its first day of release, with a distributor’s share of 7.12 crore. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the Hindi version of the film garnered a net revenue of 4.66 crores in its first weekend.
INDIA BOX OFFICE COLLECTION
|Opening Day||1.10 cr.|
|End of Opening Weekend||4.66 cr.|
|Lifetime Collection||7.12 cr.|
DAY-WISE BOX OFFICE COLLECTION
|Day 1||03-Jun-2022 (Fri)||₹1.10 cr.||N/A|
|Day 2||04-Jun-2022 (Sat)||₹1.51 cr.||+37.27%|
|Day 3||05-Jun-2022 (Sun)||₹2.05 cr.||+35.76%|
|Day 4||06-Jun-2022 (Mon)||₹0.85 cr.||-58.54%|
|Day 5||07-Jun-2022 (Tue)||₹0.83 cr.||-2.35%|
|Day 6||08-Jun-2022 (Wed)||₹0.78 cr.||-6.02%|
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE COLLECTION
|Weekend 1||4.66 cr.||N/A|
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This film is a tribute to the sacrifices a lonely wife must make while her husband is off fighting bad guys, as well as the sacrifices parents must make while hoping their kid is not summoned to war. This film is dedicated to individuals whose sacrifices are rarely recognized, and who are frequently the ones left in sadness.
Going into Major, you already know how the Mumbai terrorist attack on 26/11 will finish; you also know that Sandeep will become a martyr. So, how do you convey a story where the audience already knows the essential plot points? Rather than focusing on Sandeep the martyr, director Sashi Kiran Tikka and Adivi Sesh, who penned the story and script, chose to focus on Sandeep the human as a whole. When the inevitable occurs, you mourn not only a soldier who gave his life for his country but also a life that could have been lived.
It would be an injustice to share any more information about this coming-of-age story.
A powerful technical crew supports Adivi Sesh, Saiee Manjrekar (who portrays his childhood sweetheart Isha), and Shobitha Dhulipala (who plays a businessman named Pramoda). Saiee gets a character with heart, one who is fully filled out rather than simply existing. Shobhitha’s Pramoda is as detailed as she can be, given the circumstances.
The lines of Abburi Ravi and the music of Sricharan Pakala are overtly emotional, yet they do it skillfully for the most part. It is, in fact, one of their best works. Vamsi Patchipulusu’s cinematography ranges from dreamy to oppressive, depending on the scenario, while Vinay Kumar Sirigineedi and Kodati Pavan Kalyan make some clever editing decisions that stand out in critical scenes. Naba’s action sequences are also notable.
However, the film is not without its shortcomings. In some parts, Abburi Ravi’s speeches and Sricharan’s music are a touch too heavy-handed, urging you to feel a certain way before you naturally do. Even though Sandeep and Isha’s story grows stronger as the film proceeds, their meet-cute doesn’t have the anticipated effect. Certain tracks concerning Sandeep’s army comrades appear to be missing.
There are a few additional nitpicks that may be made, but the film’s non-linear storyline doesn’t really allow you to ponder much. However, it should be noted that the film isn’t based on true events, both in terms of how the events of 26/11 unfolded and how Sandeep allegedly handled them.
Adivi Sesh is given the role of a lifetime, which he eagerly accepts. He does an excellent job of portraying a smooth-faced adolescent who may come out as naive, as well as a man who understands what he wants from life and is willing to battle for it, even if circumstances don’t always allow it.
Saiee is the right age for the part, yet in the emotional parts she comes across as raw and untrained. Shobitha, Murli Sharma, and Anish Kuruvilla all perform a fantastic job in their respective roles. Sandeep’s parents, played by Prakash Raj and Revathi, give it they’re all. Everything about their relationship with their son, from how they adore him to how they grieve him, comes across as heartbreakingly true.
Major is mostly an action film, with guns and bombs being the standard after a certain length of time, but it does a decent job of choosing a personal tone over a jingoistic one, even though the latter would have been easier. You won’t be sorry if you watch it on the big screen.