సలార్: Part 1 – Ceasefire


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Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller


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Country:   India
Language:  తెలుగు
Release Date:  21 December 2023

Box Office

Budget:  $34,000,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Hombale Films

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 54 min

In this dark world of mass entertainers created by Prashanth Neel, “Angry Young Man” Prabhas shines!


Deva (played by Prabhas) and Vardha (Prithviraj) are good friends in the deadly city of Khansaar. Enraged, Deva is always willing to fight anyone who puts Vardha in danger. But Vardha asks his closest buddy to depart because of certain circumstances, and Deva says he will come back anytime Vardha needs him.
Deva is living a tranquil life apart from Khansaar, abstaining from all forms of violence as he promised his mother. Conversely, Vardha’s father, Raja Mannar (Jagapathi Babu), intends to name his son Khansaar’s heir.But in a struggle for the throne, Vardha is to be killed by Raja Mannar’s own ministers and counselors. One day, twenty-five years later, Vardha calls his friend Deva to ask for assistance.
Bloodshed and a great deal of suspense ensue in the next, which ultimately leads to part two.

Examining the Screenplay:

In summary, it is a story about friendship set against a background of slaughter for the crown. Although Prashanth Neel has adapted the story in his own unique way, it still looks easy. Neel loves to complicate events to keep viewers interested; he dislikes seeing things develop in a straightforward manner. He has conveniently narrated the story using flashbacks. But occasionally, things become too difficult to comprehend.

We recognize that Prabhas is portrayed as a quiet, irate man who carries a great deal of resentment within of him. Neel, however, goes too far in establishing his persona by revealing that Deva mixes red chili powder into his meals. Really, that’s excessive! Furthermore, Deva and his mother’s angle seems overly dramatic. Though Deva’s fixation with Vardha looks implausible, the friendship angle is occasionally presented in a believable manner. Neel might have provided some background on how Deva and Vardha’s relationship developed to such an extent.

Every frame of the excellent cinematography by Bhuvan Gowda gives you the impression that you are witnessing KGF. He does a fantastic job capturing the grandeur of the picture and excels in battle scenes. The action scenes, particularly the ones in which Prabhas uses an axe to fight and his first battle sequence, are expertly choreographed.

Story Overview:

In the city-state of Khansaar in 1985, Devaratha “Deva” Raisaar and Vardharaja “Vardha” Mannar, son of Khansaar’s king, Raja Mannar, are inseparable friends. When Raja Mannar orders the extermination of the Shouryanga tribe of Khansaar, Deva and his mother are caught in the crossfire. Vardha gives away his right over Khansaar’s territory as bribe in return for sparing their lives. Before leaving, Deva promises Vardha to return whenever he calls upon him.

In 2017, Aadhya, daughter of businessman Krishnakanth, arrives in Varanasi from the United States. Seeking revenge for something that happened in Khansaar, her father’s rivals unsuccessfully attempt to kidnap her. Rescued by Deva’s friend, Bilal, she hides in Tinsukia where Deva and his mother now live in secrecy. Aadhya enlists to work as a teacher in the government school where Deva’s mother works. Eventually, Krishnakanth’s enemies trace Aadhya and attempt to kidnap her, but are successfully stopped by Deva. Fearing for Deva’s life, his mother decides to leave the town with him. Meanwhile, Aadhya is kidnapped by a convoy from Khansaar lead by Rinda. However, Deva stops the convoy with his artillery. This incident is witnessed by Radha Rama Mannar, Vardha’s step-sister, himself, and his advisor, Gaikwad aliasBaba“.

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After the rescue, Bilal narrates the story of Deva and his connection with Khansaar to Aadhya. Khaansar was an independent city-state ruled by three tribes: the Mannars, the Shouryaangas and the Ghaniyaars. As the only part of the subcontinent to not submit to British rule, Siva Mannar, the head of Khansaar and the leader of the Mannar tribe refused to be governed by India’s constitution and signed a pact with the government to retain Khansaar’s autonomy whilst hiding its existence from all maps.

He divided the land into 101 parts and appointed a head for each area Kapu (with 1 vote each). Above these heads, there were Doras (with 3 votes each) – leaders of 10-12 Kapus. These Doras were feudatories to the head of Khansaar (with 15 votes). In 1985, Dhaara, the head of the Shouryaanga tribe, won the vote to be the next head of Khansaar.

However, he was eventually killed by Siva Mannar’s son, Raja Mannar, who usurped the throne and massacred the entire Shouryaanga tribe. Afterwards, Raja Mannar appointed his close confidantes and family members as Doras to oversee the state.

In 2010,  Raja Mannar’s son-in-law, Balava, asked him to consider Varda, who was ousted in 1985, as his successor. This was approved by Raja Manar, but opposed by his aides and other children, Radha Rama and Rudra Manar. One day, Raja Manar left Kansar and delegated his duties until Radha Rama returned. He soon brought in mercenary armies from Siberia, Austria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Russia, and South Sudan, all of Kapus and Dora to usurp the throne. However, Radha Rama declared a truce until the return of Raja Manar.

Varada sought help from the Devas who were living in Gujarat at the time and with his mother’s permission took him back to Khansar. Devas killed Vishnu, the son of Nalan, one of the Dras, when he tried to sell a young girl into prostitution. During the trial, Nalan was beheaded by the Devas for mistreating Varda. Deva and Varada were imprisoned along with their supporters Birch Manar, Varda’s younger brother Linga, Bilal, and Gaikwad alias ‘Baba’.

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Ranga of the Ganiyars made a pact with Rudra Raja to kill Varda. On the day of the vote on whether to continue or suspend the ceasefire, Varda voted in the final vote in favor of suspending it. All three tribes soon laid claim to the throne. Meanwhile, Varda escapes from the prison with the help of Deva and eliminates Ranga and his men.

Upon the return of Raja Mannar in , it was revealed that Balava was actually a Suryaanga tribesman who had survived the massacre along with his confidante Deher. Dheru further reveals that Dhaara Raisaar’s son is alive and is none other than Deva alias Devaratha Raisaar. On the same night, Varda appointed Deva as his ‘Salar’.

Star-Studded Performance:

Prabhas at last finds a role that fits his persona. He had a very disappointing performance as a holy figure or a lover boy, but he fits the bill as a “angry young man” in this part. He doesn’t say much, just like Deva, but the passion in his eyes is spot on. His on-screen persona is strong and he moves with an effortless grace.

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As Vardha, Prithviraj Sukumaran is convincing, and his understated performance fits the movie well. His on-screen friendship with Prabhas also appears genuine and isn’t the result of happenstance.

Shruti Haasan gets very little screen time and contributes very little. Everyone else, including Tinu Anand and Jagapathi Babu, did a good job at what they did.

The Final Words:

While Salaar: Part 1-Ceasefire is undoubtedly far from flawless, it succeeds admirably in the category of mass entertainment movies. The movie performs a terrific job of entertaining you with its good elevation scenes, adrenaline rush moments, and Prabhas’ angry young man image.

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