Writer-turned director Koratala Siva who shot to fame with his debut directorial Mirchi has bagged a chance to direct Super Star Mahesh Babu for his second film Srimanthudu. Shruti Haasan paired up with Mahesh, while Mytri Movies production bankrolled the project.
The team of Srimanthudu has promoted the film on lavish scale and is confident on the Srimanthudu output. Can Koratala repeat the magic of Mirchi with Srimanthudu? Will Mahesh Babu score a blockbuster and sets the cash registers ringing this time? Read Srimanthudu movie review on Justtelugu.com
Harshavardhan is the son of a billionaire businessman Ravikanth (Jagapathi Babu), but he always wants to live his life in his style, in a rather simple way and against his father’s wish of taking over his business or inheriting his assets. He gets to meet Charusheela (Shruthi Haasan) and falls for her. But she rejects his love proposal and avoids him after coming to know about his family. She tells Harsha about her native place, and the issues. This leads Harsha to Devarakota village. He is now on his mission to this village to deal with the issues and set the things right. What circumstances he faces and what does he achieve is the crux of the story.
Mahesh Babu is uber cool, stylish and is a delight to watch on big-screens. He is the show stealer, perfect for the role and that reflects on the screen. His performance in pre-climax is outstanding.
Shruti Haasan impresses immensely with her performance, and as always she looked beautiful. She shares a great chemistry with Mahesh Babu and her role is equally significant to the story. Her dance moves in Dhimmathirige song are superb.
Jagapathi Babu bags a significant role, and he is apt. Both Mahesh and Jagapathi Babu’s scenes have come out naturally.
Sampath is an actor of great stature and he proves it again. Rajendra Prasad plays the role with ease; Vennela Kishore brings in good quirk with his act, Mukesh Rishi is regular, while Rahul Ravindran plays a small role yet a noteworthy one. Ali is wasted in a poor role.
The other supporting casts Sukanya, Tulasi, Tejaswini, Sukanya, Kadambari Kiran, Edidhi Sriramulu gets to play few scenes each and fit in their roles.
Cinematography by Madhie is on top-notch and the visuals are endearing. Devi Sri Prasad’s musical scores are ear-pleasing and the songs are all shot well. Jaago Re Jaago and Jathakalise are our picks. Background score is brilliant. Koratala Siva’s direction is up to the mark, and his dialogues need a special mention. Dialogues are sensible and noteworthy, while the editing is taut. Art work is good and action-chorography does need a special mention. All the fight sequences take the story to next level elevating heroism. Production values of Mytri Movies are rich.
Koratala Siva has stuck with his story and content, and this paid off. There is no forced comedy or loud scenes, but the narration goes with the flow. Srimanthudu is definitely one of the finest performances of Mahesh Babu, and he seems to have related to the character Harsha genuinely.
The concept, hero elevations scenes and the action scenes are brilliantly pictured and narrated with the right mix of commercial elements. The scenes are all well-written and the dialogues are major elevation of the movie though screenplay is a bit slow-paced and story offers not many surprises. Nevertheless, Koratala wins over with the content-driven scenes and makes the hiccups forgettable.
While the first half of the movie is super classy, the second hour turns out to be the key with emotional content, while the pre-climax episodes are tackled intensely. The climax is crisp and told to the point and the message it carries is appealing. All in all, Srimanthudu will appeal to major sections of audiences, and BO wise, the film has potential to make the exhibitors and distributors Srimanthulu.
Srimanthudu – Content-driven and perfectly executed!