Mega Star brings Gandhigiri to Telugu audience
Shankar Dada Zindabad, a remake of Lage Raho Munnabhai and sequel to Shankar Dada MBBS, with Chiranjeevi in the lead hit the marquee, with the usual Mega Star style grandiose opening. Any Chiru film release is an exciting event by itself.
Shankar Dada (Chiranjeevi) falls in love with a Radio Jockey Jahnavi (Karishma Kotak) just by listening to her voice. Good Samaritan Jahnavi helps
the old and the destitute by running a shelter, called Second Innings. Shankar Dada gets closer to her, by masquerading as a professor who knows everything about Gandhi. One day, Gandhi manifests before Shankar Dada at a library and they become intimate. Whenever Shankar Dada chants Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram… Gandhi appears before him. Rajalingam (Sayaji Shinde), wants the building, where the old age home is run, for himself. He utilises the services of ATM (Srikanth) to get the building vacated, when Shankar Dada is away. Jahnavi and the old people become homeless. Shankar Dada wants to restore the building to the old age home through Gandhigiri. Shankar Dada tells Jahnavi the truth that he is not a professor, but a goon. Will he achieve his goal through Gandhigiri? Watch the movie for the answer.
Chiranjeevi is simply superb in his performance with scintillating dances. There can’t be any fight sequences,
as the theme of the film is ahimsa, called Gandhigiri in the film. Karishma Kotak is all raw and unimpressive from the beginning to end. Even in the romantic scenes, she remains wooden faced. Sada has no scope to display her histrionics. Srikanth performed well as ATM and gets good footage in the film. Sayaji Shinde as villain carries himself with his customary ease. Dilip Prabhawalkar donned the role of Gandhi and is impressive . Venu Madhav and Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, as purohit, form the comedy department. Allu Arjun , Ravi Teja and Nagendra Babu appear as guests in the Title Song. Pawan Kalyan did a cameo in the climax scene.
any deviation. Sceenplay runs at a slow pace both in the first half and the second half. The dialogues are ordinary. Literally translating Telugu proverbs into English, like Banana Open, Put in Mouth and Dog Bite, Slipper Shot are the mannerism bywords of Shankar Dada. Songs are good. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is an asset. The song Akaleste Annam Pedtha rendered by Mamta Mohan Das is nice. Good Morning song is the highlight. Comedy is inadequate.
Shankar Dada Zindabad lacks the punch of Shankar Dada MBBS. The essence of Gandhian philosophy : When you are slapped on the right cheek, turn and offer the other cheek also , forms the crux of the film. This is a movie that provokes the audience to think. It answers the question : Is Gandhian philosophy of Ahimsa relevant today? This is not a film for those who merely want mundane chores of love, action, sentiment and usual masala entertainment.