shivam, upendra’s hit kannada film, has been dubbed into telugu under the title brahmana. The film directed by Srinivasa Raju has hit the screens today. let’s see how it is.
basavanna(upendra) is a brahmin boy who does not believe in the basic formalities of daily life. he comes from a family of priests who are the ancestral caretakers of a prestigious temple. whatever important work the temple has to do, someone from the basavanna family does it.
The twist in the story comes when Basavanna’s father dies and he is forced to take on priestly duty at the temple. just as bavsanna takes matters into his hands, a meticulous assassination attack is planned on him which he cleverly survives.
why do you sign up for basavanna? what is the story behind this animosity? and how she deals with all this chaos shapes the rest of the story.
The first half of the movie has good emotions. the way that upendra changes gears and approaches her family problems, all of these things have been shown quite well. upendra’s transformation into a priest is shown in a wonderful way.
As usual, upendra is at his best and delivers some unique dialogue. he is especially good as a priest and displays wonderful body language that also heightens his heroism. saloni is decent in whatever role he has. ragini dwivedi provides the necessary visual appeal.
after a promising first half, the entire second half is going to be thrown away. the film changes course and aspects like the mafia, terrorism and the intelligence department take the front seat and disappoint in a big way.
The emotions, fights and unnecessary scenes shown during this time detract from the film and also irritate the audience. Yet another drawback of the film is the villain Ravi Shankar. is not true to his role and gives a disappointing performance. Also, the Telugu dubbing is a big disappointment.
surprisingly, mani sharma’s music is quite disappointing. the background score is an even bigger mess since mani has copied some of her old tunes for this movie. the editing is pretty bad and so was the camera work. coming to director srinivasa raju, although he chose a decent story, his execution is pathetic. Right after the first half, the film takes a nosedive as Srinivas’ direction lacks focus and clarity in any of the scenes until the very end.
as in all upendra movies, even brahmana has an interesting premise and a noteworthy performance by the kannada star. but it is the pathetic second half that keeps track of the film entirely and disturbs the audience’s viewing. all those who love upendra movies can give this movie a try just for that interesting first half and can back off once it’s over.
123telugu.com rating: 2.25/5
reviewed by 123telugu team
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