Brahmotsavam review: A huge letdown

Brahmotsavam review: A huge letdown

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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Movie Title

Brahmotsavam review: A huge letdown


Sreekanth Addala

Star Cast

Mahesh Babu, Samantha

A rich industrialist in Vijayawada played by Sathya Raj has only one ambition in life - to live with all his extended family and lead life filled with celebrations and festivals. His son played by Mahesh Babu also follows his path but he faces one problem - his brother-in- law cum business partner (Rao Ramesh). His brother-in- law, who is already feeling low because all the credit is going to Sathya Raj, is hoping to marry off his daughter (Pranitha) to Mahesh Babu but Mahesh Babu falls in love with his father’s friend’s daughter Kasi (Kajal). Already disgruntled Rao Ramesh can’t take it more and leaves the joint family. How Mahesh later goes on looking for the rest of his long-lost relatives all over the India and how he unites the family forms the rest of the story.

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Right from his first movie Kotha Bangaru Lokam, director Sreekanth Addala has written stories that are rooted in family structure. While his last outing with Mahesh Babu - Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu focused on the bonding between two brothers, Brahmotsavam delves on the relationship between a father and a son and a son finding his roots.

The film has two different stories - first half of the film revolves around Mahesh Babu and his father and the second half is about Mahesh tracing his family lineage to seven generations. This seems to have been inspired by the famous novel Alex Haley’s Roots: The Saga of an American Family.

While the theme is grand, the narration is awkwardly tedious. It is more of an attempt to pass off some disjointed thoughts put together as a movie. The movie begins with Samantha narrating how she met the hero and immediately we are taken to Mahesh Babu and his family that is constantly singing songs, plays kolatam, performs kalyanam to Lord Venkeshwara and the like. Or heads off for holidays. and let us not forget, Mahesh sings and dances with Kajal too. Just before the interval, Ram Ramesh comments - “Entra life ante patalu padukovadam, kolatalu adukovdam..idena”. The situation of the audience is no different from this. It is only post the interval the movie tugs at our heart with its emotional point.

In the second half we are introduced to Samantha and then the hero heads off to his family that is scattered all over North India. This idea on paper is actually great but the director has killed it with his boring narration. Although he takes us to various locations, it fails to impress. But the climax sequence works.

Most of the dialogue is too hard to comprehend. Despite the story and screenplay being weak, the movie shines on technical department. This is one of the richly made movies in the recent time. The film is shot on a rich scale (grander visuals, frames filled with seasoned actors). Mahesh Babu is the soul of the movie. One can watch the movie for him. He has portrayed his role with maturity. His acting, his charm, his dialogue delivery…all are perfect to the core.

The movie is filled with dozens of actors, many are seasoned stars. Sathya Raj as Mahesh Babu’s father is good but the actor one who steals the show is Rao Ramesh. As a disgruntled guy, he is terrific. Whenever he mouths the dialogue, he brings liveliness to the movie.

Vennela Kishore in the second half in a brief role also is good. Kajal Aggarwal has got an important role and she looks beautiful. Samantha is given a very bad role. Pranitha has a brief role but has added glamour to the screen. Revathy and Jayasudha have lent credence to the story with their acting.

R Rathnavelu’s splendid camerawork works wonders. The renowned cinematographer has not only filmed in the brightest possible way as the film is all about celebrations, he also filmed in the most creative way. Padmashree Thota Tharani’s grand production design is another major plus. Although the film is set in Vijayawada, it is primarily filmed in a set environment and Tharani has brought in the atmosphere of the city in his sets.

Mickey J Meyer’s music is good but the background score composed by Gopi Sundar is not perfect. The songs are catchy. Editing is an issue. The movie is killed by bad screenplay and worse editing. Srikanth Addala as writer and director has failed this time.

Brahmotsavam has a grand theme but the director failed to narrate the movie in a convincing way as it is laced with tedious sequences and unending songs. Mahesh Babu’s performance, rich production values and camera work works in this movie that has many issues. A huge letdown.

Brahmotsavam review: 2.75 stars

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