Rama and Bharat in our Mythology are known as the best administrators to have ruled Indian Sub-continent ever. And Ashoka is recognized as the best ever ruler by the historians. From these three, there are many points that today’s generation political leaders can learn. Bharat Ane Nenu tries to highlight how it would be if a person who is an indelible mix of all these three personalities become Chief Minister of a state, United Andhra Pradesh in this case.
Plot : Bharat Ram (Mahesh Babu) is the elder son of Raghava (Sharath Kumar). Raghava and his friend, Varadarajulu (Prakash Raj) build a huge political party that promises to be honest and serve the people at any cost. Raghava doesn’t even have time for his wife (Amani), who has health issues and young son. After her death, Raghava for Bharat marries another woman (Sithara).
Unable to make a connection with her, he moves to London. While he is searching for the purpose of his life, he gets a call that his father died. He takes his father’s position as Chief Minister of the state and understands that the problems in system are deep-rooted and starts reforms with an Iron Will. His own party rebels against him. Is he able to triumph, all the obstacles? What kind of a leader he becomes for people? What role does Vasumathi (Kiara Advani) play in his life? Watch the movie for answers …
Performances : Mahesh Babu once again gave a subtle performance but this time, he had sequences that highlights the actor in him. He gives a measured performance as an actor and shows an example of his caliber again. He is the major highlight of this movie and carried the movie on his able shoulders again.
Kiara Advani did a decent debut and Prakash Raj is good in his role as Vadarajulu. Ravi Shankar is good and Posani Krishna Murali is delightful.
Sithara, Rahul Ramakrishna, Ajay did a good job in their limited roles. All others did an adequate job too.
Technicalities : Editor, Sreekar Prasad found an adequate pace to balance the slow narrative of Koratala Siva and the actual worth of the scene. He made good choices to make the cut delightful.
Cinematography by Ravi K. Chandran and S. Thiru is top notch and one of the best works in Telugu Cinema in recent times. Both of them matched the tone in perfect sync and even the lighting concepts used by them to highlight few scenes is pure delight to anyone.
Music by Devi Sri Prasad is another pillar of support for this movie. His songs and especially, BGM helped the movie really well. This movie will stand as one of his best works.
Writer-Director, Koratala Siva mastered the art of establishing a character and following its journey through interesting sequences giving ample stuff for the fans of the particular actor who is playing the lead role. He once again, established Bharat as a character and found a way to connect him to the on-screen and off-screen persona of Mahesh Babu for everyone’s delight.
His writing as a screenwriter too is better than Srimanthudu and Janatha Garage in this movie. He did not go off the rail, at any point and in his penchant to tell everything in a subtle manner, did not dilute the emotion or the scene. Still, he missed to give even mire substance to Bharat after a point but saved the film with a good climax episode.
Analysis : Few films try to take a social issue but fail to deliver on the promise of having a good discussion and solution after raising the issue. Koratala Siva is good in establishing an issue and carrying it through out the film.
Here, he asks for social reforms in society and change in the mentality of people. The way he projected a hero like Mahesh makes us forget any loopholes in the script and concentrate on the actions of the actor as Bharat on screen. The movie delivers on the promise of showcasing a social issue in a perfectly balanced way. It could have been better in the second hour, especially towards the climax, but Mahesh Babu and Siva Koratala, deliver an enjoyable movie again.
Rating : 3/5