Marshal (2019 film)

Marshal is a 2019 Indian Telugu-language medical thriller film directed by Jai Raaja Singh.[1][2] The film stars Srikanth, Abhay Adaka, and Megha Chowdhury.[3][4][5]

Marshal
Poster of the 2019 Telugu film Marshal
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJai Raaja Singh
Produced byAbhay Adaka
StarringSrikanth
Abhay Adaka
Megha Chowdhury
Music byVarikuppala Yadagiri
Ravi Basrur (Background score)
CinematographyR. M. Swamy
Edited byC. P. Jambulingam
G. Kalyanasundaram
Production
company
AVL Productions
Release date
  • 13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu

PlotEdit

Abhi, a medical salesman, is a big fan of "Super Star" Sivaji, to the chagrin of his family, friends, and co-workers. Despite his efforts, he is unable to take a selfie with his favorite film actor. Meanwhile, Megha, a journalist, exposes a hospital that is severely underpaying and mistreating surrogate mothers and charging high prices to couples who wish to have children through surrogacy. In addition, there are some criminals kidnapping women for mysterious medical experiments ending in failure and death. One day, Abhi is promoted and becomes an area manager, and is charged with distributing beauty pills to the contestants of a beauty pageant. On his way, he and the original gang notice another set of kidnappers abducting Megha. Despite help from his father, a police officer, the culprits escape. At the pageant, Abhi notices the men who kidnapped Megha, and is then shocked to see the "victim" herself. She reveals that it was simply a prank, and Abhi scolds her for her irresponsibility. She starts to fall for him, and after she stays with his family for a while, he also confesses his love.

Abhi's sister, who has been struggling with infertility, goes to a hospital for fertility treatments, but also goes through the same experiment and enters a coma. After an argument with a careless doctor, Abhi is arrested, and it is revealed that the women who consumed the pills experience stomachaches and lose consciousness. To clear his name, Abhi and his father investigate the source of the pills, and learn that the number on the back is linked to the hospital. When they investigate, they find out that all the women were forced to become test subjects of a procedure to reverse infertility, which has finally succeeded for the first time, and the doctor responsible is none other than Sivaji. Abhi, his father, Megha, and Abhi's brother-in-law, who is an ethical hacker, join forces to stop this conspiracy. Through further investigation, they bug the hospital and find out that Sivaji is organizing the kidnappings in order to make "designer babies". They interrogate the head doctor, who reveals that Sivaji has always been an intelligent but cold man ruthlessly pursuing what he sees as "advances" in science. After hearing that a certain type of sterility where eggs are not released is uncurable, he started "Project Marshal", but his ideas were continually rejected. Only recently had he been able to start clinical trials in order to prove his idea to medical officials in Japan. As the country has been facing a demographic crisis due to infertility caused by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Japanese officials were interested in his ideas, and wanted proof before they could implement it. Sivaji flees to Japan, but Megha broadcasts video recording from their secret camera, and the officials tell him he must clear up everything in order to get his procedure accepted. Despite the evidence, Sivaji gets off scot-free by claiming it was for a TV show, and takes a mocking selfie with Abhi. Sivaji's fans protest the case and start causing trouble across the city and to Abhi. Later on, Sivaji's mother tells him that he was born to a surrogate mother, and that his personality is due to her influence. The next day, Sivaji calls Abhi and taunts him, saying that a car with a famous athlete inside will be attacked and that he must save it. Abhi finds Sivaji's fan club and gets them to help by claiming that Sivaji is in the car, barely managing to stop the attackers. To his shock, Sivaji exits the car instead. After he comes back, a man suddenly shoots him and gets away. As he dies, Sivaji reveals that he donated the method to the government to atone for his misdeeds. The other members of "F-Club", who wanted to profit, decided to kill him. The film ends with Abhi's sister giving birth and Sivaji being revered for his medical advances.

CastEdit

Critical receptionEdit

The Hindu wrote that "Every frame looks lavish and the music and background score are good, but one wishes a little more care in execution to give the story more credibility".[6] The Times of India gave the film a rating of two out of five stars and noted that "To its credit, Marshal is definitely not regular commercial fare. But with weak scripting and acting, it’s only Srikanth’s grace that saves this film".[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marshal: Abhay Adaka and Srikanth Meka's film all set to release on September 19". The Times of India. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Treading on uncharted territory". Deccan Chronicle. 31 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Marshal tells the story of a scientist". Telangana Today.
  4. ^ Pecheti, Prakash. "Abhay upbeat over making big with Marshal". Telangana Today.
  5. ^ "'Marshal': Motion poster of the upcoming thriller unveiled – Times of India". The Times of India.
  6. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (13 September 2019). "'Marshal' review: The formula fails to take off". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Marshal Movie Review {2/5}: Srikanth saves the day!". The Times of India.

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