Brahmotsavam 2016 review
Brahmotsavam, the annual celestial festival organised to worship Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy on the hill top Tirumala during September and October is a well attended event and occupies a sacred space in any Hindu individual’s calendar. Sreekanth Addala surprised many by opting to go with the sacred name for a movie though common sense would instruct us to look at any movie as it is supposed to be viewed. Tollywood responded positively when Venkatesh Daagubati and Mahesh Babu Ghattamaneni played out as brothers when they set themselves up to an eye-opener in a meaningful dialogue from their father Prakash Raj with the movie introducing greenery of Godavari paddy fields and a series of regulation dialogues inside a family environment.
Sreekanth Addala is not new to experimenting with fluctuations in individuals and their emotions which introduce them as either introverts or extroverts before others. His themes are always classic navigators to making individuals happier than they already were. The recipes from his story kitchen so far received applause from both family and youthful audience as he went on to create a niche for himself starting with Kotta Bangaru Lokam in 2008. His left shoulder is the USP which made a grand entry with meaningful dialogues decked up at vantage points in story narration with little action on screen. His right shoulder rests on keyboard of Mickey J Meyer without having to worry as the latter is known for his class which can enthral mass on a regular basis. Mukunda took many by surprise for the cinema lover actually needed to gauge love, politics, and sentiment from purely philosophy of human nature wherein Rao Ramesh played in fact the role of hero!
Now Brahmotsavam starring Mahesh Babu and Kajal-Samantha duo is being screened in not less than 1500 screens in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana jointly. The movie speaks of nothing more than happiness spread across a turf of blood relations and endeavouring joy. The story asks for restoring a sense of belonging among differently and vastly performing actors on life stage. Imagine a life canvass where artists simply walk and paint their themes. In simple sense, the director walked away from spreading infinite happy moments the world over, which he successfully established in Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (SVSC) with Mahesh Babu and Samantha in lead pair, to a well defined set of relations with a chain of blood groups!
How the director wanted:
Director’s movie is what we can comprehend from the story lines, without giving in to stardom of Mahesh Babu and, we need to appreciate the bold undertaking from the charming hero of Tollywood after NTR in his peak years before storming Andhra Pradesh assembly. Sreekanth Addala didn’t seem he was interested in making audience sit for casual mix up of melo drama and rather familiar family stories which owe a lot to mother of family blockbuster movies, “the” Kalisundaam Raa in 2000. Movie starts off with a marriage function and token introduction of characters with Rao Ramesh making silent entry spitting venom on his brother-in-law Satyaraj. His nitpicking attitude is more of personal craving for fame and earning resources and less of attitudinal malaise with his brother-in-law and father of screen leader the hero. How they get separated on this point and how the hero walks the talk while ensuring other characters get a taste of life forms the core whereas how two lead actresses claim to offer and understand nitty-gritty of life to hero adds up much needed spice to youthful audience.
How the movie goes on screens:
It’s all talk and no action, simply speaking. Audience have always wanted to see more of action and that villain getting beaten up by the hero forms chassis of their liking and rating the movie. Philosophy of Jeremy Bentham which dwells on happiness distribution doesn’t cut ice with real life tenacities even for those charming UPSC All India Rankers who toil hard to make it big. On such a level of practical volatility, it’s unwise on the part of Sreekanth Addala to send the message across to his audience who may have come spending hours in transit on bus or bike in this scorching heat wave. Any book lover of the genre of Robin Sharma and Mark Twain’s class of fun and fiction may try to up his/her antennas for speedy transmission from the onscreen performance and dialogues. It’s the problem of mass audience who loved to see Mahesh running back and forth with occasional romance safely tucked inside an action series. The movie sports hero and his father trying to uplift emotional lacunae of other relations who aren’t seen that regularly.
Ohh, girls of this generation of financial inclusion and exclusion and gender-sensitization:
Movie has all the ingredients to make 21st century girls fall for as the director calls the shots by portraying Kajal Aggarwal in a shirt of individuality and a trouser of academic sense often tossing up a blend of legging and frock of gender-sensitivity!
Dance of Mahesh Babu in Baalatripuramani evokes a funny and satirical grin from audience but if one looks at it carefully it is not that easier to enact without smiling on the screen!