Predictable But Combo Delivers
2 hrs 53 mins
What is the film about?
Bharat (Mahesh Babu) reluctantly takes charge as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. What happens when his ruling starts to rub the own and opposition party members the wrong way and how it is resolved in the end?
How is Mahesh Babu’s performance?
Mahesh Babu is back in his zone after relatively weak outings, in the past two movies. It doesn’t mean he has done something that is out of the zone or out of the world. Mahesh Babu has done, what he usually does, brilliantly. Most of the time, he has stuck to his subtle intensity and delivers lines with a fresh twang. The press conference scene showcases the peaks of his performance intensity wise.
It is an outing that the fans would cherish for a long time not only due to the previous two films, but also the way the star has been presented. He looks his best regarding the looks, and the styling too is perfect.
Direction By Koratala Siva?
Director Koratala Siva is back with a new outing after hat-trick successful films. Those films have won him the awards as well as commercial rewards. However, there has been a downward slope concerning the stories he has been picking. Bharat Ane Nenu is the weakest in that regard, it is almost non-existent here, and yet the director manages to succeed. He does that by avoiding the simple mistakes that occurred in his last movie.
Bharat Ane Nenu is basically a fantasy film. The lead protagonist, a Chief Minister, has a magic wand for all the problems of the state, politically. There is nothing wrong he can do, and there would be nothing that can go wrong. It is this trait of the screenplay that gets boring after a point. The story, as said earlier, is non-existent and the conflict is weak.
And still, Bharat Ane Nenu works. The reason for that is the screenplay that is filled with fantasy scenes for every problem we face in reality. The scenes are fresh, and there is an instant connect and relativity. It could be the traffic problem or the media menace, we identify with the issue. When the fantasy element is not happening, there are the mass-friendly sequences. The whole Rachakonda block is that happening. These things, however silly or unrealistic they might seem, keep the clock ticking and don’t let audience disengage with the narrative.
The problem here is the core emotional scenes. There are hollow and lack any real emotion. The romance begins well, almost reminiscent of Srimanthudu, but its progress is very dull, and the way it is connected to the main track feels contrived and unnecessary. The way it leads to the press conference, one gets a feeling as if the press meet scene was initially in mind and then it was retrofitted to the love track. Whatever happens after that, leaves no impact barring few shots in the final fight.
Overall, Bharat Ane Nenu is a nice fantasy that is a decent one time watch for the general audience. For the fans, it could be a different experience entirely as this is precisely the need of the hour for them.
Kiara Advani and others?
Kiara Advani makes a decent debut in Telugu cinema. It is so because it isn’t the usual dumb babe type of character. She scores with her girl next door type of appeal. The film is filled with many recognisable artists for every minor role, but only Prakash Raj shines among them all. Posani Krishna Murali, Jeeva, Prudhvi, and others playing the MLA’s, are distinct which also adds to the overall appeal of the movie.
Music and other departments?
Music by Devi Sri Prasad is alright, and so is the background score, the latter being slightly better. Technically the film is slick with superb cinematography and proper editing. The writing by Koratala Siva is adequate for the material in hand.
Family and Love Track
Watch Businessman; a similar fantasy filled silly film full of intense heroism.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes in most parts
Will you recommend it?
Bharat Ane Nenu Review by Siddartha Toleti
Superstar Mahesh Babu towers over everything in a typical superficial Koratala Siva movie. The director continues to drop in content with successive movies but still manages to engage and deliver a decent product. Will this be enough to satiate Superstar Mahesh Babu fans hunger? Watch out for our review that will be up soon.
– Climax, Bharat takes charge again, just like that.
– The story is moving on predictable lines, heading towards the climax.
– Bharat taking the class to media at the press conference is the best performance of Mahesh so far in the film and it will stand out.
– Logic missing big time on Bharat losing the CM chair and someone else taking the charge so easily!
– Kiara looks very glam in “O Vasumathi” song. Whenever she appears on screen she impresses, Kiara has got the magical screen presence.
– Nice build-up to the CM fight and executed well with whistle worthy moments for fans in the beginning of the First half.
First Half Report:
A decent first half. The content lacks depth but is engaging nonetheless with Koratala mark dialogues. Superstar Mahesh Babu impresses with his fresh dialogue delivery that mixes seriousness and comedy in the right measure.
– Simple interval bang, Bharat sets his political targets
– CM Bharat is on a mission to bring changes into the rotten system. On the other hand Bharat falls in love with Vasumathi (Kiara Advani).
– Mahesh as Chief Minister Bharath makes an impact with his dialogue delivery in his first assembly session. DSP’s BGM adds to the tempo.
– Bharat gives a rude shock to the traffic violators on day one he takes the charge as Chief Minister of the state.
– Bharath Ram takes charge.
– Prakash Raj has to announce the next Chief Minister of the state. He forces Bharat to be the new CM of the state to keep a check on few aspirants in his party.
– After a twist, Bharat is on a flight to India, he goes down the memory lane (falsh time for his childhood).
– Bharat Ane Nenu show started in Oxford University, London. A simple introduction without starry hungama for Bharat, followed by “I Don’t Know” song.
Bharat Ane Nenu Review US premier Live Updates will begin at 12:30 AM IST
Preview: Bharat Ane Nenu
One of the most awaited moments for Mahesh Babu’s fans is here as they are eagerly awaiting the release of ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’. It’s an important film for Mahesh Babu, who established himself as a superstar erasing the Milk Boy image which he used to have in the initial days of his career.
Starting with ‘Okkadu’, the superstar established himself with ‘Pokiri’ and ‘Dookudu’ changing his image in the masses. Coming to the present scenario, the superstar’s last blockbuster was ‘Srimanthudu’ directed by Koratala Siva.
Both his fans and the superstar tasted a bitter experience with back-to-back nightmares in the form of ‘Bahmotsavam’ and ‘Spyder’. Now, the superstar is back with the blockbuster combination, Koratala-Mahesh and his fans are hoping big that the superstar will bounce back with Koratala’s movie delivering a different subject.
The director’s credibility is on the peaks with three back-to-back successes. Mahesh Babu is any way the director’s actor. Speaking about the music, as a stand-alone album, Devi Sri Prasad has delivered a decent one and the visuals may go well with the content of the movie, on-screen.
Above all, the political subject has raised the curiosity of the audiences and Mahesh’s look as the young CM has gained positive attention. It’s refreshing to see the superstar mouthing political dialogues for the first time.
In Tollywood, the recent blockbuster was ‘Rangasthalam’ and ‘Bharat Ane Nenu‘ is coming right after that without much gap. So, it has to live up to the hype that was built around it by virtue of the combination and also for the subject chosen.
Shankar’s ‘Oke Okkadu’ is still the benchmark for such kind of political films and as cine-lovers, we hope big way that BAN creates a benchmark of its own. It’s time that our wait has to come to an end and we’ll be right back with a genuine comprehensive Bharat Ane Nenu review. Stay tuned, folks.
Note: Bharat Ane Nenu US premier collection will not be revealed as the US distributor chose not to reveal it, rather a day one (Thursday premiers + Friday) number will be out on Saturday morning. One can expect to see a big number after all the positive reviews, Friday is expected to post a big sum.
Bharat Ane Nenu US collection as of 12 PM Friday $159 K.