Brindavanam Review

It is…
A ‘nothing new’ film which might end up as one of the biggest commercial hits of this year.

Krishna aka Krish (NTR) is a super wealthy city boy with lenient parents and all the other superficial clichés of rich kids in our films. Krish does what a Jr.NTR would do in any other film. Helps his friends to get married against violent odds (a usual ingredient of ‘masala’ used so that an opening fight which has nothing to do with the film can be included), loves his parents and the other etc’s.  Krish has a girlfriend (Samantha playing Indu) who asks him to pretend as Bhoomi’s (Indu’s friend played by Kajal) lover. So that Bhoomi’s stringent dad (Prakash Raj) would let her study further and cancel the marriage in the village.

The marriage is a long standing agreement between two families honoring the death of Bhoomi’s mother. Once Krish arrives at Bhoomi’s place, he understands the much larger stakes on the table about village rivalries and the other usual pages of this ‘Kalisundam Raa’ sort of script.

Krish sorts out EVERYTHING. Resolves family disputes, impresses the girl, calms down the village rivalries, beats up goons at every given chance, unites the angry half-brothers (Prakash Raj and Sri Hari) and for some reason had left out the country’s national issues.

What’s good?
Even though the film is something we have seen hundreds of times (mostly in Venkatesh films), the first half holds an attractive pace and is over before you “phew”.

The cinematography can be given special mention (at least in comparison with the usual films of this sort).
Most of the songs were catchy and well picturised too.

Things that need to change for good.
Fights where we have human footballs flying all over the screen (rope fights) are becoming ‘irksome patience testers’. Reduce the number of these things or at least the lengths of these ropes.

The script was too predictable. Anybody who had spent more than 3 years with Telugu cinema could have guessed every other moment of the second half.

When the moment for the ‘angry young man’ was called for, NTR was there. But, on most occasions seemed tucked into his trouser pockets and the ease for which he was popular at first seems to be missing.

Female leads and other actors did what Telugu cinema had taught them and they don’t really seem bothered as long as they are getting their pay checks in time.

Don’t look for ‘new’, look for what we popularly refer to as ‘commercial entertainment’ and you will enjoy this one.

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