Sarileru Neekevvaru Review
|Main Cast:||:||Mahesh Babu, Rashmika Mandanna, Vijayashanti,|
|Music:||:||Devi Sri Prasad,|
|Producer:||:||Mahesh Babu, Anil Sunkara, Dil Raju,|
Take a bow, Babu!
Star Cast: Mahesh Babu, Rashmika Mandanna, Vijayashanti, Krishna, Prakash Raj, Rajendra Prasad, Sangeetha, and Vennela Kishore.
Music Composed by Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography by R Rathnavelu
Edited by Thammiraju
Additional Dialogues - S Krishna
Written & Directed by Anil Ravipudi
Produced by Anil Sunkara, Dil Raju
Runtime: 169 minutes
Anil Ravipudi is having a similar run like Koratala Siva. His every film became a bigger hit than the previous one. After F2, Mahesh Babu gave him the chance to direct him and the director tried to use everything that the Superstar can offer and few things more too. He even brought back Vijayashanthi and Sangeetha, kind of actors to Telugu celluloid, after a long gap. He made this movie, Sarileru Neekevvaru as a tribute to army soldiers. So, did he deliver on all that he promised, let's discuss ...
The story of the movie follows, a single parent Bharathi (Vijayashanthi) and her issues with a powerful political leader Nagendra (Prakash Raj). She sends both her sons to military services, even though she lost her husband who was also a soldier. Her second son, Ajay (Satyadev) gets injured brutally in a rescue operation and Major Ajay Krishna (Mahesh Babu) tries to handle Ajay's sister's marriage on behalf of his colleague on humanitarian grounds. How does he help Bharathi fight Nagendra forms rest of the story.
Mahesh Babu never tried to do a movie that basically offers him nothing but asks more from him. Dookudu, Aagadu's kind of films too had comedians to feed off and perform, but here he had to do everything all by himself and even pull off imitating other actors, their characteristics on screen. He pulled it all off so convincingly that we feel like why is Mahesh not using this energy in other films. Not that we want to see him in similar roles every time like fans, but we want to see him pulling off such entertaining characters more often.
He had put in everything he can give to lift the material and he did. He made sure he maintained good chemistry with Rajendra Prasad, Vijayashanthi, Prakash Raj on screen and the way, he pulled off a few monologues, make us love him, even more. When he can variate so much, find such energy and pull off a regular commercial hero role this convincingly, maybe he should think about doing this kind of role more, with better scripts.
Rashmika Mandanna should take care of her looks. Maybe it is work stress or director's choice, but she looked a little bit odd in a few scenes. Vijayashanthi is in good form in this movie and we hope to see her more in different films, now. Prakash Raj is very good in such a well-defined role and Ajay, Rao Ramesh did well too. Bandla Ganesh, Sangeetha, and others tried their best but did not get proper and consistent lines, to make a big impact.
Rathanavelu's visuals are very good and he tried to change his lighting schemes according to the tone, the film is trying to set. Editing by Thammiraju is in accordance with the script. We can see him trying to use everything that the director envisioned in shots in a correct sequence to make it all look palpable. But he could have edited the train sequence a little better. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is in his routine order but Mind Block picturization & Mahesh's energy in Daang Daang made those songs impactful. His BGM could have been slightly better but he did deliver on what director banked as his big sequences.
Coming to writer and director, Anil Ravipudi's work in the film, maybe after several successes, we tend to expect a little bit more from the makers. Maybe we just put more pressure on them to consistently be at their best. He seems to have rushed through some scenes writing-wise or direction wise. May be with some more time, he might have come up with even better lines for his characters in the first half and better, well-rounded scenes in the second half. We can see that he set up everything but somehow he lost grip on the narrative, mainly towards the end.
We get a sense of constant effort to make it all different from other commercial mass masala films but he seems to have slightly over-cooked few and under-cooked many. He tried few things that seem to have worked on paper so well, but they did not come out in the same vain on screen. Maybe he was slightly rushed. He tried to fire his gun by balancing it on Mahesh Babu's shoulders more and one feels, he could have made the even better film had he tried to keep few more eggs in other baskets than all of his eggs in one. Overall, this is a movie that entertains Mahesh Babu fans very much but the common audience will have some issues for sure. Our recommendation would be watching it once in a theater, for Mass and Entertaining avatar of Mahesh Babu, at a single screen.
Bottom line: Only for Mass MB!