Saramsha review: A well made-up profound film about the world of imaginary minds

Surya Vashishta narrates a story within a story about the love for writing and in turn life, which makes it a class apart experience.

ByShashiprasad S M

Published:Feb 19, 2024

A poster of the film Saramsha

Saramsha (Kannada)

16-02-2024, Fantasy Drama, 2 hours and 12 minutes U/A
  • Main Cast: Deepak Subramanya, Surya Vashishta, Sruthi Hariharan, Shwetha Gupta, Ravi Bhat, Asif Kshatriya, Ramprasad Banavara, and Satish Kumar Saccha
  • Director: Surya Vashishta
  • Producer: Ravi Kashyap and RK Nallam
  • Music Director: Udit Haritas
  • Cinematography: Ananth Bhardwaj



Unlike regular commercial potboilers, Saramsha (Summary) requires a broader mindset, especially bound by the philosophy to thoroughly enjoy the real sense of what the filmmaker is trying to showcase life through his inner world (imagination).

It might sound like looking at an abstract painting with very little knowledge of painting!

The Kannada film certainly requires some amount of patience and love for cinema to explore the inner beauty of life and the struggle that leads to many forms of emotions.

How profound Saramsha is to watch? Let’s summarise its experience:


Deepak Subramanya in Saramsha

Deepak Subramanya in ‘Saramsha’. (Supplied)

In brief, the film opens with the quote “Some journeys need us to be at our most vulnerable. That’s the thing. Are you willing to let go of reason and embrace being vulnerable”.

Then, it talks about the writer’s imagination and so on…

This gives a clear impression that the audience is soon to enter into the mind of a writer or is it a coincidence?

Spare two hours to unravel the mysteries the writer-director has churned it with a few characters.

Of them, Abhay (Surya Vashishta), Tejaswi (Deepak Subramanya), Maya (Sruthi Hariharan), and Raksha (Shwetha Gupta) lead the act.

In summary, the story is quite complicated and not so complicated as it depends on how one perceives it.

Well, in short, the story within the story talks about the turbulent relationship with one’s parents. Here, it is between Tejaswi (Tejas) and his parents and between Abhay and his father.

Maya and Raksha are significant in their own right as the imagination deepens as the turbulence increases mid-way.

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A class apart

Surya Vasishta directorial Saramsha

Surya Vasishta’s directorial ‘Saramsha’. (Supplied)

Told in multiple episodes, Saramsha traces the journey of Tejas and Abhay.

Since his childhood, Tejas loves to write but for a reason, he ends up becoming a chartered accountant just like his father. This signifies a lot of “us” who have a heart for something else but are entangled in doing something else in life.

Something like a good singer is sitting inside a cubicle somewhere in the corner of an IT office instead of him/her singing!

Surya presents this through Tejas, who often enters a different world in the mind of Abhay.

Well. to make it less complicated, Abhay lives years ahead (future), while his partner Maya is content living in the present.

The only issue that makes it a bit annoying for a regular Kannada audience is that the majority of the conversations happen in English. But the love for the Kannada language and its culture is rich and brings a lot of smiles as the journey gathers momentum.

In fact, Tejas’ character and his love for writing are based on noted Kannada writer Poornachandra Tejaswi.

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Dual sense

The making and the presentation are another plus point in Saramsha.

The whole two hours run on a moderate tone. It hardly fluctuates but for a few scenes, it evokes a higher degree of emotions when the Tejas and Abhay face their inner self at one point in time.

The use of imaginary characters, entering into a world of imagination and then realisations are quite intriguing to one’s mind.

The performances of all the lead actors are subtle and interesting. More than the entertainment, it is the philosophical touch that garners interest in the end.

In summary

If the word “philosophy” rings a bell for you with love for life as a favourite subject in your mind, then this profound entertainment will leave you with a smile and lots to ponder upon in the end.

(Views expressed here are personal.)