Brahmotsavam

2.5/5
| | 2016-05-20
CAST

Mahesh Babu, Samantha, Kajal, Praneetha, Satya Raj, Rao Ramesh and Others

Director - Sreekanth Addala
Producer - Pearl V Potluri, Param V Potlu
Banner - PVP Cinema
Music - Micky J Meyer

Superstar Mahesh Babu's most awaited Brahmotsavam is out in theaters. Riding with sky-high expectations and the great buzz generated with the ensemble cast, the film's promos, music only added to the already humongous hype to the film. Given that Mahesh's previous film Srimanthudu was a huge blockbuster, his teaming up with Sreekanth Addala (of SVSC fame) has made Brahmotsavam one of the most anticipated movies of the year. It is not an easy task to live up to such expectations, but everyone trusted in the proved combination of Mahesh and Addala. To know whether the movie lived up to all its hype, check out our review.

What is it about?


Mahesh is the only son of Satya Raj, a rich entreprenuer, who is so attached to family bondings and firmly believes in relationships. However, the growth of Satya Raj doesn't go well with his brother-in-law Rao Ramesh who aims to grow on his own by separating from Satya Raj. What happens to Satyaraj when Ramesh walks out? What Mahesh does to bring back everyone together and what makes him go on a journey to find his family roots - seven generations of his family - is Brahmotsavam all about.

Performances:


Mahesh Babu:
Mahesh Babu is one of the finest actors we have in the industry now. He has power to grasp the emotional depth of a character and brings the director's vision to life on screen by getting under the character's skin. He has once again done a fabulous job as an actor. His performance in the interval sequence and the climax scene is topnotch. He is a class apart. It is a treat to watch him on screen.

Samantha and Others:
Samantha played a bubbly character and she did well. Kajal is wonderful as the one who represents the feelings of a contemporary girl. Praneetha has very little role to play. Satya Raj is good as Mahesh's father.  Jayasudha, Revathi, Jayaprakash Reddy and Vennela Kishore made their presence felt among the horde of actors in this film.

Rao Ramesh got the best scenes in the film and he is superb with his dialogue delivery and expressions. The scene in which he gets emotional and takes a dig at Satya Raj is one of the best in the movie. His frustration, angst make audiences feel the same and at the same-time evoking few laughs.

Technicalities:


Srikanth Addala loves to write stories about human values and family emotions. He presented them well in the film Seetamma Vakitlo Sirimallechettu and this time he has gone awry with those emotions. His intentions are right, but what lacked is a proper script that conveys the beautiful message in an appealing way. Poor screenplay and disconnected scenes makes Brahmotsavam a tedious watch and the director is the main culprit for making a mess out of a good concept.

Micky J Meyer's songs are fine with catchy tunes. They are also shot well. However most of the songs are misplaced in the movie, which is a very bad sign. Background music is alright. Cinematographer Rathnavelu excelled in his craft. Bright visuals are one of the few bests in this film. Editor seemed clueless in connecting those pointless scenes.

Producers have spent a lot on the movie as it's refreshing to see grand visuals in every frame. Managing and bringing such an ensemble cast is definitely a welcome one. Kudos to PVP for making it possible.

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Thumbs Up:


Mahesh Babu

Rao Ramesh

Visuals

Thumbs Down:

Weak Screenplay

Poor Direction

Artificial emotions

Analysis:


It is not easy to write the plot of the film in few lines because there is hardly any. Wonder how did Mahesh and the producers fell for Addala's script! Brahmotsavam starts off on a lazy note and doesn't move forward in spite of numerous characters on the screen. All the characters keep on eating, dancing and celebrating without any purpose.

It will be pretty hard for anybody to hide their frustrations watching at this epic mess. Only worthy scene in the first half comes during the interval point where Rao Ramesh's character breaks the silence. That followed by an unexpected twist raises hopes on the second half. However the protagonist going on a journey to find his ancestors and other relatives makes it all the more boring.

Despite director's honest attempts to make us emotionally involved, we would emotionlessly wait for it to end. The best scene of the second half comes during the climax. But it is not strong enough to make us forget all the pain that we have gone through till that point. Even the family audiences will not be able to connect with these artificial emotions and lackluster script. Mahesh the superstar too will need a miracle to save this one from sinking.

Verdict: Govinda Govinda...

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