Today, Superstar Mahesh Babu arrived in style with Sarileru Neekevvaru, his major Sankranti release. The mood about his new look and dance moves is upbeat among his fans. Team Sarileru Neekevvaru was positive about the movie right from the time they completed the shoot.
The movie is also special as it marks the return of Lady Superstar Vijayashanthi to Tollywood.
Cast: Mahesh Babu, Vijayashanthi, Rashmika Mandanna and Prakash Raj
Director: Anil Ravipudi
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Professor Bharati (Vijayashanthi) is a sincere and upright Professor in Kurnool. She is noted for her helping nature and eye for weeding out any corrupt practices. Similarly, Ajay Krishna (Mahesh Babu) is an Army officer stationed at Indian border.
In Kurnool, Bharati is targeted by local MLA, Nagendra who tries to tamper with the college administration. She warns him of dire consequences if he created a problem in educational institutions, as his image is important for him to stay in his position. Nagendra is agitated and hatches a plan to eliminate Bharati. He abducts her to a secret location.
Ajay Krishna, because of an unforeseen reason, comes to Kurnool for an important commitment concerning Professor Bharati, but does not find her. What happened to her? Did Nagendra kill her? How does Ajay find out the truth about her and what is his relation to her?
Sarileru Neekevvaru tells this story during the second half.
The premise of this movie is to inculcate a sense of pride about being an Indian and to appreciate the Indian Army, who fight relentlessly to protect the Country. Mahesh Babu, in his role as Ajay Krishna, excels in his act, both in the action sequences and the emotional sequences with the cast members, especially those with Vijayashanthi.
Lady Superstar Vijayashanthi makes a thunderous comeback with this movie as Professor Bharati. Her scenes where she knows the reason why Mahesh Babu returned to Kurnool from the border and her reaction when she comes to know the truth are outstanding. Her dialogue delivery is so powerful, she makes you sit up and notice her. We hope she reconsiders her decision to be choosy about films and does many more powerful roles in the South (Telugu and Tamil.)
The next in line for appreciation is Prakash Raj as a wily MLA and he excels in his role. His scenes with Vijayashanthi and Mahesh Babu are impactful and help the movie. There are peculiar mannerisms invented for him by director Anil Ravipudi, which are funny and catch your eye.
The roles of Rashmika Mandanna (who plays Samskruti, Mahesh Babu’s love interest,) Sangeeta as Samskruti’s mother, Rajendra Prasad and Murali Sharma form the main supporting side of the film and they deliver what is expected of them, though in a meager screen space. All of these actors excel in the train scene, which is an ensemble scene.
Devi Sri Prasad’s music lives up to the hype it created before the release. The songs Mind Block and the Sarileru Neekevvaru Anthem are well picturized and we get to see Mahesh Babu’s dancing skills well.
Anil Ravipudi makes a neat job of his direction, by pitching the movie in perfect sync with Mahesh Babu’s image.
The movie is indeed a treat to Mahesh Babu’s fans! Kudos Anil Ravipudi and his team!
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