Mahesh Babu’s Movies creates huge expectations given his presence, charisma, fan following. After two consecutive flops, a lot is expected from his latest flick Srimanthudu. Directed by Koratala Siva, the movie stars Shruthi Hassan as female lead and Jagapathi Babu, Rajendra Prasad, Sampath, Sukanya, Vennela Kishore, Mukesh Rishi in pivotal and supporting roles.
Harsha(Mahesh Babu), the only son of a wealthy millionare Ravi(Jagapathi Babu) wants to live life in his own terms rather than taking over his father’s business empire. Circumstances makes him meet Charu(Shruthi Hassan) and take up rural development study program. Situations force him to travel Devarakota, a remote village which is in evil hands of Sasi(Sampath). Will Harsha’s presence put an end to Sasi’s evil reign and develops the village forms the rest of the story.
With a running time of 2hrs and 40 mins, the basic storyline is a cocktail of Rajinikanth’s Thambiku Endha Ooru and Vijay’s Kaththi. Kudos to the director as the movie never gives us any resemblance of the above movies. The story takes its own time to unfold (unusual for Mahesh Babu Movie) but Mahesh Babu’s screen presence makes up for it. Though a restrained one when compared to his previous ones (Aagadu, Nenokkadine, Dookudu) he oozes energy into the character as Harsha. His charisma, boyish looks, attire, body language adds more strength to the movie. Shruthi Hassan gets a meaty & matured role and does it well. Jagapathi Babu as Mahesh’s father does a convincing role while Rajendra Prasad is excellent as hapless villager. Sampath and Mukesh Rishi as antagonists fit well even though their characters could have been developed better. Sukanya, Ali, Sithara, Vennala Kishore, Rahul Ravindran enacts their role well given their scope of characters.
The music by DeviSriPrasad has been a bit letdown. The songs weren’t bad but wasn’t catchy either. The bgm has been done well given the nature of the story. The songs and stunts choreography has been done well, particularly the sequence where Mahesh fights in a marriage party, the opening song. The violence and glamour has been toned down making it watchable with family. With Srimanthudu Mahesh has regained his success and Koratala Siva has maintained his reputation as a successful director.
My rating 3.25/5 (Watch for Mahesh Babu’s screen presence).