By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 27 July 2007
Chiranjeevi, Srikanth, Karishma Kotak, Sayaji Shinde
This is a new episode in the life of the lovable don Shankardada and his good friend ATM. Shankardada (Chiranjeevi) falls in love with a Radio Jockey Jhanvi (Karishma Kotak) after listening to her voice. He tries to impress her by pretending he has a deep interest in the values propagated by Mahatma Gandhi. One day, he happens to meet her at the studio, after winning a contest on Bapu, and learns that Jhanvi helps the old and destitute people by running a shelter for them.
Shankardada gets closer to her by lying and stating he is a professor and a true Gandhian. However, when he gets into difficult situations, he finds himself being guided by Gandhiji himself, whose teachings and principles Shankar adopts?reluctantly at first?but eventually with unconditional faith.
Then there is Rajalingam (Sayaji Shinde), an unscrupulous builder who has been using Shankardada and ATM to his advantage. He even cheats his daughter Sandhya?s (Sada) prospective in-laws by telling them her ?horoscope? is clean. Now he wants to take over `Second Innings`, the bungalow where Jhanvi and the old people she supports stay! How Shankardada, and what he calls ?Gandhigiri?, solves the issue forms the rest of the story.
The film is a winner thanks to its star cast. Chiranjeevi is superb with his one-liners, screen presence, comedy timing and dance moves. As Shankar?s sidekick, Srikanth steals the thunder. Sayaji Shinde as a comical villain and Shankar?s nemesis is a revelation. But newcomer Kashmira could not match the grace and beauty of Vidya Balan, who did the original Bollywood film.
Dilip Prabhawalkar as Gandhiji is impressive. Dharmavarapu, Venu Madhav and Sunil in cameo roles are good. Allu Arjun, Ravi Teja and Nagendra Babu appear in guest roles and Pawan Kalyan surprises you in the climax. Some scenes from the original have been taken as is and mixed and matched with the Telugu version. There is nothing new in what Prabhu Deva had to offer because the film is a carbon copy of the original. The music by Devi Sri Prasad is an asset especially the Good Morning?. number.
On the whole Shankardada Zindabad is a faithful adaptation of Lage Raho Munnabhai, a clean family entertainer.