What Is Good
- Mahesh Babu
- Elevation Scenes
- Shruti Haasan
- Songs Picturisation
What Is Bad
- Lags in the first half
- Predictable narration
It’s a one man show, Mahesh Babu steals the show with his performance. In full contrast to his image, Mahesh seen as an out and out classy with some massy shades. It is very evident that Harshavardhan character is very close to Mahesh’s heart and gets into the skin of the character. And his cool dance moves in Charuseela deserves a special mention. Shruti Haasan is also effective in her role and sizzled with her moves in the charuseela, Dhimmathirigae songs. Rajendra Prasad and Jagapathi Babu are promising in their short roles. So is the others in the shorter roles includes Sukanya, Sivaji Raja and Tejaswi Madivada who are not here in archetype characters who just talks the standard lines. Ali’s presence guarantees some fun, if not too much. Vennela Kishore and Rahul Ravindran cameos that has a bearing on the story. Poorna is pretty in her traditional attire.
The biggest highlight of Srimanthudu is its theme that appears very interesting on the paper. Though initial scenes are extremely boring and slow, second half picks up its pace with some attention grabbing premise and some are truly promising scenes. The direction by Koratala Siva, shows a strange déjà vu of sorts as the technocrat director seems undecided whether to stick to the commercial format or to attempt something entirely different. This irresolution, similar to that of its lead protagonist, is visible all along the film. Though the dialogues are impressive, the screenplay lacks depth and appears disjointed and lacks clear logic at times. The climax is also shot without any clarity and remains another unengaging episode of the movie that comes to sudden stop. Dialogues like, Saati manishiki Kashtam anedi choodakapote manamu bhoomedda sangham lo brathakadam enduku; voori nundi chaalaa teeskunnaru... Icheyyali lekapothe laavayyipotaaru; edugudala ante mana chottoo unnavallu kooda edagatam; manchi jarugute navvesi vellaka ... Questions enti sir.. etc are good deserves some applause.
Srimanthudu takes some time to settle and once the backdrop is set the movie moves on in a reasonably decent narrative structure. The not so watertight screenplay by Koratala Siva make it an uneven ride, but there are some very remarkably written elevation sequences. Even here few scenes remind us that this is rather a meek gallimaufry of situations from quite a few films in the past like Bageeradha, Brindavanam, Dookudu, Janani Janmabhoomi, Dil, Athadu.etc. The other major highlight of the movie is Madhie’s camera that gives an fresh prospective to every shot. The way Madhie handled the long shots post the fight sequences shows his Midas touch. The tunes of the 6 songs composed by Devi Sri Prasad are fine while “Charuseela” and “Jagore Jagore” are expected to be the chart toppers. The background score provides all pep needed for this film. The movie is a little lengthier at two hours forty three minutes and towards the end loses the plot forthright. The final appears hurried and looks out of sync with the flow of the narrative. Editor Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao could have easily cut short the film by 20 odd minutes. Production Values of “Mythri Movie Makers” are grand.
Director Koratala Siva’s Srimanthudu has every ingredient that you ask for from a commercial entertainer. From action, romance, humour, melodrama, songs, dance moves to emotional sentiments, there is a bit of it all to make things sufficiently spicy. But only if you go for the film without much expectation, Srimanthudu may turn out to be a watchable fare at best. The film’s real trump card, is Mahesh Babu who has given a tremendous performance in the lead role. But the directorial lag is evident in many scenes even though Koratala Siva just manages to make them engrossing. On the whole, Srimanthudu will surely be a treat for the actor’s fans despite being tagged as a social themed film, the movie has some good emotional sequences which will touch fans hearts.
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