Savi movie review: Divya Khossla gives her career best in an intriguing thriller

Savi movie review: Divya Khossla gives her career best in an intriguing thriller

Savi movie review: Divya Khossla gives her career best in an intriguing thriller

What: ‘Savi’ – meet the modern-day Sati Savitri - Divya Khossla who gives her career best performance as she risks everything to save her on screen Satyavan – her husband Satya (Harshvardhan Rane) in this intriguing thriller directed by Abhinay Deo.

Savi movie synopsis

‘Savi’ - based/inspired by Paul Haggis thriller ‘The Next Three Days’ (2010) starring Russel Crowe and Elizabeth Banks which is actually a remake of the 2008 French film ‘Pour Elle’ (Anything for Her) by Fred Cavayé and Guillaume Lemans.

Parveez Shaikh and Aseem Arora in heir adapted screenplay for ‘Savi’ keep the setting in England and change the gender of the protagonist to female – the housewife. Savi (Divya Khossla) is living a happy life with her husband Satya (Harshvardhan Rane) and their son.

One day in the morning, the life of Savi gets a jolt of their life when the police arrests Satya for the murder of his Boss. All evidences are starring against Satya and all the legal efforts to release Satya on bail fails.

Savi believes that her husband Satya is innocent and is desperate to get him released, Satya life’s is in danger in prison. Satya has refused to be part of the drug dealers inside the jail and they have attacked him and threatened to finish him if he doesn’t obey their orders.

Desperate to get her husband out from jail, Savitri plans a fool proof jail break with the help of an expert in such crimes played by Anil Kapoor.

All is going well as per plan but suddenly…


Savi movie review

Abhinay Deo known for quirky crime thrillers (‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Blackmail’, ‘24: India’, this time in ‘Savi’ gives us a modern-day Sati Savitri thanks to a 2008 French thriller ‘Pour Elle’ (Anything for Her) where a husband goes all out to save his wife wrongly sent to jail. Here a wife goes all out for her husband wrongly sent to jail.

Obviously, the French and the west in general are hardly aware of the Indian mythological story of the legendary couple in Hinduism Savitri Satyavan, if they have known about the story the protagonist in the original would have been the wife.

Coming back to ‘Savi’, its Divya Khossla’s career best in an intriguing thriller which doesn’t tries to be extra smart. Sticking to the basics of the genre and applying the slow burn mode, ‘Savi’ cracks the code and also spins a surprise.

The first half takes time to establish the things and after a while thing turn interesting as Savi starts reading acclaimed books on jail break.

The basic plot is simple, what holds is the transformation of Savi from a simple housewife to a desperate but clumsy woman on a mission and gradually turning into a cunning fox and making the England Police run for their life.

Director Abhinay Deo and writers Parveez Shaikh and Aseem Arora effectively builds Savi’s sense of desperation. Savi is the aam Hindustani naari jo waqt aane par pad jaati hai firangiyo pe bhari – we know such people exist only on fictional novels and movies but we accept it cause the makers convince us to do so.

Abhinay Deo’s narration maintains a good balance of emotions and thrills. Adapting the to and fro technique, the movie opens with Savi taking a dead body away from her car.

The morality of right and wrong is not touched and left for the audience to imagine. This is the weakest point of ‘Savi’. Abhinay Deo’s previous directorial ‘Blackmail’ handled the morality issues in a much better way. ‘Savi’ also lacks the brilliance and black humour we saw in ‘Blackmail’ and ‘Delly Belly’, ‘Savi’ is a simply a thriller drama.

Anyhow, Abhinay’s faith in Indian culture is again displayed, in ‘Blackmail’ we had the sacred plant of ‘Tulsi’ as a metaphor, here it’s the nickname of protagonist working as a simile which only get revealed in the end.


Divya Khossla is outstanding in her career best act. From a simple adorable housewife to a clumsy woman trapped in a helpless situation to a woman determined to achieve her goal, Divya Khossla is on a roll here. Savi belongs to here.

Anil Kapoor is class apart once again, Savi may belong to Divya Khossla but Anil Kapoor is the force behind. Excellent.

Harshwardhan Rane is good in whatever scope he gets, more of him could have been better.


Production values are first rate. Cinematography by Chinmay Salaskar is marvelous. The beauty of England and pain, suffering of Savy gets toned perfectly. The night scenes create the required atmosphere. Music by Arkadeep Karmakar, Vishal Mishra, Javed-Mohsin and Piyush Shankar is passable. Background by Arkadeep is good.

Savi – final words

Savi is an excellently performed decent thriller, if you are a fan of thrillers than ‘Savi’ can be your ticket.

Going with three and half stars.

Savi is releasing in theatres from May 31, 2024.


Rating : 3.5/5

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