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Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY
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Larger than life Balakrishna
Larger than life Balakrishna

B alakrishna bounced back with Simha last year and after that one expected him to select a script that would deliver a message, without compromising on its ability to entertain and one that doesn't stress too much on the things that not a lot of people can appreciate. Accomplished director Dasari Narayana Rao fumbles over a story that has Balakrishna playing a dual role — one as a film actor and other as an army officer.

The film begins with actor Chakradhar indulging in large chunk of theatrical monologues — mythological and historical, including that of Komaram Bheem for example, obviously incorporating a political angle. They all seem like a recap of some well-known films. Besides, he is visited by a couple of army people on the set who narrate a real life story — the exploits of a patriotic army major Jaisimha who is now lying in a state of coma. The actor inspired by the major's life willingly wears his shoes and wraps up the job of bringing him dignity in a long drawn out battle.

In an attempt to uplift the fans spirits, Balakrishna says the inevitable and does the inevitable, he slaps his thighs, tells that film people are not about posters, hoardings and some day he would walk the corridors of power and become the chief minister. There is a spoof on Balakrishna, the actor does not speak the dialogue given to him but comes up with something that interests him for the camera, cleverly disguised by Dasari. Humour is puerile and in bad taste and the heroines as usual become a part of some brainless romance. The current generation will struggle to adjust to the old fashioned film making. Balakrishna gets to display his forte in reciting the peerless Telugu but beyond that it's sheer boredom. Leather jackets, ill fitting wigs and outdated stories should nudge him to do some soul searching. If there is anyone who has benefited from this film it's the director who's been on an ego-satisfying trip.

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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