Nara Rohit has a flair for opting for different cinema. Right from his debut Baanam to Appatlo Okadundevadu, Jyo Achyutananda and Kathalo Rajakumari, Rohit has been picking up novel concepts. However, for a change, Rohit has signed an out and out commercial film under the direction of newcomer Pavan Mallela who did a course in Australia’s University of Queensland.
Rohit looks fresh as he has undergone a massive transformation. Rohit shed his extra kilos and looks lean and mean. In addition to this, the film’s title Balakrishnudu too garnered good attention from the masses. So, the film is one of the most-awaited films of Rohit.
Balu (Nara Rohit) has been deputed to guard Aadhya (Regina Cassandra) who has a life-threat from Prathap Reddy (Ajay) owing to their family feud. However, he has been told to guard her without her knowledge. Not knowing this, Aadhya falls for Balu. Balu too likes Aadhya but he tries his best to stay away from her and won’t accept her love. Prathap Reddy and his goons are after Aadhya.
Aadhya’s paternal aunt Bhanumathi (Ramya Krishna) has issues with Prathap Reddy (Ajay). What is the backstory? How does Balu save Aadhya? Will their love work?
Rohit has multiple shades to his character. He makes an entry speaking in Telangana slang. Surprisingly, he pulled it off very well. Then he molds his character and gets under the skin of an urban guy who is neighbour of Aadhya to follow her. Later, in Rayalaseema, Rohit speaks the slang of Seema from where he originally belongs. Throughout his role, Rohit has scope to perform and he did his best.
Regina is good. She looks gorgeous. In songs and a few scenes, she demands your attention. She has good screen presence too.
Ramya Krishnan is shown as a powerful lady named Bhanumati, who wants to help people and develop the Seema region by constructing educational institutions and brings in companies for the employment of youth. After her brother is murdered in the film, she takes centre stage and runs the entire show. She is apt for the role as she adds a lot of weight to the character.
Kota Sreenivasa Rao is confined to a limited role but he is good as it is a familiar role for him to play an aged Don who allots work to people under him. Sana and Satya Krishna are seen in a few scenes. They have nothing much to do.
Bigg Boss fame Diksha Panth is seen in a special song alongside Rohit.
Comedian Srinivas Reddy plays the role of a drama company owner Chittu Babu. Sravya Reddy is seen as a member in his drama company. She entices with her beauty.
Above all, it is Ajay who shines as the film’s antagonist. He is very powerful. He is a strong pillar for Balakrishnudu. Vennela Kishore is limited for a brief role. But he does a decent performance. Debutant Pavan Mallela has recruited good cast for the film. He has etched good characters as well.
Nara Rohit and Regina
Pavan Mallela’s Direction
Few Forced scenes
Pavan Mallela picked up a cliched story of villains taking on a family who is committed to do good to people. However, by infusing many sub plots and with a commercial narrative, the film is a good package. Fights are good. Regina’s fight with Rohit’s support in the first half is impressive. Prudhvi’s scenes are major highlight.
Srinivas Reddy and his gang’s drama scene has not worked as expected. It failed to create giggles. However, to an extent, it helps to take the story forward. The story moves and moves and drags with many twists and turns. This appears to be lag for viewers since they are aware of the entire story.
However, the whole film has given an entertainment treatment. This touch brings freshness to an extent.
Balakrishnudu is a commercial package. It is watchable for Rohit’s action, Prudhvi’s comedy, Regina’s glam show and beautiful visuals especially those that were shot in Norway.