Versatile actor Dr Mohan Babu has enthralled over 4 decades and earned a good fan base. His dialogue modulation, method acting makes him one of the rare actors in today’s generation. His latest release Gayatri (MB 42) has hit the cinemas today. Check out our review.
Sivaji (Mohan Babu) is a stage artiste who operates an orphanage Sarada Sadan, named after his beloved wife late Sarada (Shriya Saran). Being an actor, he earns a living by acting as a body-double to the accused and goes as remand prisoner. In turn, he gets money from the accused. He is a philanthropist who donate funds to orphanages and there’s a reason behind it.
Sivaji’s daughter Gayatri (Nikhila Vimal) has been missing and he has been looking out for her. Learnt that she is raised by an orphanage, he donates money to almost all the orphanages he comes across.
Sivaji encounters with Gayatri but he is unaware that she is his ‘missing’ daughter. Though he finally learns the truth, he couldn’t meet her as he comes to know that she hates her father – him. This is where the film’s first half ends.
In the second half, Sivaji is in a trouble from a dreaded criminal Gayatri Patel (Mohan Babu). He seeks Sivaji to go to jail in his place. What forms rest is the crux of the story. Will Sivaji and Gayatri reunite? How Sivaji overcomes Gayatri Patel?
Mohan Babu’s terrific performance in dual roles – Sivaji, Gayatri Patel – is the highlight of the film. He breathes life into both the characters and make them look so real, natural.
Vishnu Manchu’s stellar show as young Sivaji scores points. Scenes involving Vishnu and Shriya Saran are big hit on screen. The couple’s chemistry is so real.
As usual, Shriya Saran does a decent performance. She is impressive. Nikhila Vimal is alright. She performs well. Anasuya has good role to perform. She is seen as an investigative journalist Shreshta.
Siva Prasad, Satyam Rajesh, Nagineedu are okay. Overall, director Madan recruited good cast.
Mohan Babu’s Stellar Performance
Vishnu Manchu’s Acting
Pre-Climax & Climax
Lag at portions
Director Madan, who is known for Pellaina Kothalo, has stunned many by collaborating with a powerful actor Mohan Babu. Living up to all the hype surrounding the film, Madan delivered a good family drama laced with action, sentiment. The father-daughter sentiment has worked very well. A few scenes even bring tears. After a decent first half, racy second half with enough twists make Gayatri a good film. Post interval, the film has a flashback on Vishnu and Shriya. This has come out really good. Vishnu’s Dana Veera Soora Karna dialogue scene gets thumbs up. Shriya is simple yet glamorous.
The twist in pre-climax (jail episode) gives a substantial treat to viewers. Climax witnesses fight between Sivaji and Gayatri. The film ends on bright note. By and large, Gayatri is a pretty watchable film.
Gayatri is a good watch. Mohan Babu nails it in dual role.