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Koratala Siva
Mahesh Babu, Shruti Haasan, Jagapathi Babu, Rajendra Prasad
163 mins
Devi Sri Prasad
Y. Naveen, Y. Ravi Shankar, C. V. Mohan, Mahesh Babu
Release Date
Aug 7, 2015


Verdict: Srimanthudu breaks the second movie jinx for the directors in Telugu film industry. A novel concept coupled with brilliant performances from the cast and ably written dialogues, the movie has everything to offer to drag the audience to the big screens.

Srimanthudu is the story of Harshavardhan, son of a billionaire, who values human relations. It is pretty evident right from the release of the trailer that the movie is about a billionaire adopting a village and working for the betterment of the people in the village. The series of events which lead to this and how successful Harsha is in working for the village forms the crux of the story.

Mahesh Babu who plays Harshavardhan is top notch. He is adorable in the entire role and is the pillar of the film. His expressions and dialogue delivery in all the scenes, be it sentimental, emotional or romantic, are consistently exceptional. Shruthi Hasan looks good as the girl with social values and an intent to return something to the birth place. She adds value with some good expressions and nice dance moves. Sampath, Harish and Mukesh Rishi have all done well as the baddies. Rajendra Prasad and Jagapathi Babu look apt for the roles. The rest of the star cast have all played their part in the limited footage available for them.

Koratala Siva, after the message of spreading love in Mirchi, came up with another message of giving back to the society and upholding human values. Apart from good intent, there are a lot of aspects which contribute to the success of a film. It appears that Siva has managed to tick off most of these aspects to a fair extent. The concept in itself where a guy who doesn’t earn is giving something back to the society needs to be convincingly told and the director managed it pretty well. A couple of emotional and sentimental scenes are heart touching. While the entire movie shows a lot of class, special attention has also been given to fights. Gravity defying fight sequences have become pretty common nowadays however, the execution of these is stylish in film and hence is still better. Apart from slow narration, rushed climax and a couple of continuity mistakes, Direction is commendable and Koratala Siva shows that he is here to stay.

Screenplay and Dialogues penned by the director himself, are praiseworthy.  There are many meaningful dialogues throughout the film. Cinematography is yet another value add to the film. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is pretty good. Background music is exceptional and elevates a few scenes. Editing is decent.

Overall, Mahesh and Siva prove yet again that a concept-based film if executed well will always be a good watch. The movie emerges as yet another winner this season and has enough to be a commercial success.

Ups: Concept, Mahesh Babu, Performances from the entire cast, Dialogues, Direction, Background score

Downs: Slow Narration, Limited comedy, Rushed climax


Reviewed by Srikanth P


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