Release Date : Aug 07,2015
Srimanthudu (aka) Selvandhan review

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Production: G Mahesh Babu Entertainment Pvt Ltd., Mythri Movie Makers
Cast: Jagapathi Babu, Mahesh Babu, Shruti Haasan, Sukanya
Direction: Koratala Siva
Screenplay: Koratala Siva
Story: Koratala Siva
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Background score: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: R Madhi
Dialogues: Koratala Siva
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Srimanthudu is a film consisting of umpty number of paired oppositions. It brings to you the life of a lofty rich man and at the same time shows the struggles of a destitute peasant, and more such oppositions. This rhythm of showing the mountains and valleys of human life starts off from the very first scene of the film.
Though the film follows a very traditional structure in its narrative, it does manage to engage the audience well. Our system of numbers has only 10 digits (0 - 9), but while sequenced differently it gives out a unique value to each figure. Similarly, Srimanthudu in a nutshell holds the usual theme, loaded with family emotions, social responsibility, love, action and comedy and yet succeeds in its own unique style.
The technical parameters like editing, CG and the overall production value show some inconsistency in their output, but the overall work by DoP Madhi befits the grand scale of the film. The action sequence choreographed in the first half at Shruti’s friend’s wedding is concept based, crisp (literally with all the limbs breaking like chips) and stylish. The other action blocks could have been shortened and could have had a concept like the previous one.
Mahesh Babu, like always, floors each and every audience member with his style, charisma, body gestures and dialogue delivery. By this point, he should start having a disclaimer saying “I am too awesome, beware”. Such is his command over the viewer and on the scene.
Srimanthudu definitely marks one of the best performances rendered by Shruti Haasan in her career. She has measured her performance and evaluated the scope of her character perfectly. Special mention to Rajendra Prasad who essays the role of Narayana, and he fits perfectly to that spot. He is at ease in enacting the role.
It is not new for a Telugu film to be stacked with a high star cast. Srimanthudu is no different with Jagapathi Babu, Sukanya, Sampath, Thulasi, Ali, Vennela Kishore, Mukesh Rishi, Rahul Ravindran, Harish Uthaman, and every frame looks decorated and packed.
Though the film has the space for great BGM, music is very conventional. The placement of songs is highly predictable. One starts predicting the genre of the upcoming song too. Special mention to the ‘Srimanthuda’ track that syncs perfectly with the visuals.
Overall, Srimanthudu is a usual family entertainer presented in a style of its own. It is highly entertaining at points and keeps the attention of the audience in tact with the show master, Mahesh Babu’s magic.
Verdict: A fulfilling outing for all Mahesh Babu fans
( 2.75 / 5.0 )


Srimanthudu (aka) Selvandhan

Srimanthudu (aka) Selvandhan is a Telugu movie with production by G Mahesh Babu Entertainment Pvt Ltd., Mythri Movie Makers, direction by Koratala Siva, cinematography by R Madhi, editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao. The cast of Srimanthudu (aka) Selvandhan includes Jagapathi Babu, Mahesh Babu, Shruti Haasan, Sukanya.