Major is a 2022 Indian biographical action drama film directed by Sashi Kiran Tikka and produced by Sony Pictures International Productions, G. Mahesh Babu Entertainment, and A+S Movies. Filmed simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi languages, the film follows the life of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, an army officer who was killed in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Adivi Sesh (in his Hindi film debut) plays the title character, in addition to writing the script. The film also stars Prakash Raj, Sobhita Dhulipala, Saiee Manjrekar, Revathi, Murali Sharma and Anish Kuruvilla.
Principal photography began in February 2020 and ended in December 2021. Filming experienced delays owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was shot in 120 days and was filmed in over 75 locations.
Major had limited theatrical release on 24 May 2022 in selected cities across India and it was released across worldwide on 3 June 2022.
Major is Adivi Sesh’s dream project and has been in the making for two years now. It has finally been released and let’s see whether it lives up to the hype or not.
The story is quite simple and depicts the life of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan from his childhood. Adivi Sesh plays Major Sandeep and Saiee Manjreka plays his wife. The film showcases how Sandeep Unnikrishnan has a fascination for the uniform, joins the army, gets a call to save civilians during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, and how he sacrifices his life and makes his country proud.
In the past, there are a number of films that have been made on the Mumbai 26/11 attacks but where Major scores brownie points are the emotions. The story and screenplay are by Adivi Sesh and he gets the emotion behind the soldier’s life right and sets the film in a perfect manner.
When it comes to performance, Major is Sesh’s career-best as he has lived in the role of Major Sandeep. From the school-going boy to the young soldier to the brave warrior, Sesh showcases beautiful transitions in his character. This is the first time Sesh has done such massive action blocks and he is a treat to watch on screen with his handsome looks.
Saiee Manjrekar did not get much scope to showcase her talent in Ghani but here in Major, she gets ample scope and performs beautifully. She has a meaty role in the first half and her chemistry with Sesh is superb. Prakash Raj and Revati as Sesh’s parents bring a lot of emotional depth to the film.
The entire second half is filled with racy action and there are many scenes that give you a high. The manner in which action is mixed with patriotism is quite good. Shobita Dhulipala does a good job in her role and the manner in which her character is linked to the climax is very good..
The film starts on a very slow note. The school day scenes and the aim Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan has in his life to become a soldier should have been established in a better manner.
The first fifteen minutes are slow and there are a few scenes that are quite predictable. Also, more drama should have been added to the husband-wife issues to make the film dramatic. Mumbai police played a key role in the 26/11 attacks and many valiant soldiers lost their life but this aspect has been ignored totally.