Film enthusiasts had high hopes for Megastar Chiranjeevi’s recent release, ‘Bhola Shankar’, directed by Meher Ramesh. However, the movie falls short of expectations, earning a lackluster rating of 2 out of 5. The star-studded cast includes Chiranjeevi, Tamannaah, Keerthy Suresh, Sushant, Srimukhi, Raghu Babu, Murali Sharma, ‘Vennela’ Kishore, Tulsi, Brahmaji, Rashmi Gautam, Tarun Arora, and more. Story supervision is credited to Satyanand, with words by Mamidala Tirupati, and Dudley handling cinematography. The musical score is composed by Mahathi Swarasagar, and the film is produced by Ramabraham Sunkara. Meher Ramesh takes on the roles of story writer, dialogue writer, story expander, and director. ‘Bhola Shankar’ hit theaters on August 11, 2023.
‘Bhola Shankar’ is reportedly inspired by Ajith’s Tamil hit ‘Vedalam’.
The plot revolves around Mahalakshmi (Keerthy Suresh), a talented painter, and her older brother Shankar (Chiranjeevi). Shankar moves to Calcutta to support Mahalakshmi’s education, taking up a job as a cab driver. Amidst a series of kidnappings of girls in Calcutta, the police seek assistance from auto and cab drivers, leading to Shankar’s involvement. However, it is soon revealed that Shankar’s information aids a group involved in human trafficking, putting him and Mahalakshmi in danger. The movie delves into the reasons behind Shankar adopting the persona of ‘Bhola Bhai’ in Calcutta and its connection to his actions.
Bhola Shankar, failing to capture the essence of the original material. The decision to remake a successful movie requires a deep understanding of its success factors, which seems lacking in the team behind ‘Bhola Shankar’. The storyline, while not entirely new to Telugu audiences, lacks the freshness needed to engage viewers. Elements of familiarity can be found in previous Telugu films like ‘Waltheru Veeraya’ and ‘Chameleon’. Director Meher Ramesh struggles to deliver compelling comedy scenes, with attempts like portraying ‘Vennela’ Kishore as Megastar’s elder brother falling flat. Even the court scenes between Chiranjeevi and Tamannaah fail to ignite any spark. The movie progresses without offering much emotional resonance or a sense of connection with the audience. The sporadic action scenes do provide some relief, but overall, the comedic aspect remains underwhelming.
Bhola Shankar The first half of the film leaves viewers disinterested, with the second half offering slightly more engagement. Meher Ramesh’s flair for stylish action scenes, as seen in ‘Billa’, does shine through in this movie as well. The emotion-driven scenes after the interval manage to capture some attention, but it’s only towards the end that the audience begins to feel involved. Unfortunately, the presence of songs disrupts the narrative flow, and while Chiranjeevi’s performance is commendable, the songs seem beneath his level. Background music fares better in action sequences, while cinematography and the extensive cast suggest substantial investment from the producers.
In terms of performances,
Chiranjeevi delivers a dedicated act across various aspects such as comedy, dance, action, and romance. His imitation of Pawan Kalyan is particularly pleasing to his fans. Keerthy Suresh, portraying the role of Mahalakshmi, delivers a satisfactory performance. On the other hand, Tamannaah’s presence seems limited to that of a commercial heroine, contributing mainly to the film’s songs. The portrayal of the antagonist by Tarun Arora lacks novelty, while other seasoned actors like Murali Sharma, Raghubabu, and Brahmaji struggle to transcend the limitations of their routine roles.
the film presents a lineup of talented comedians including ‘Vennela’ Kishore, ‘Hyper’ Adi, ‘Getup’ Srinu, ‘Swami Rara’ Satya, and ‘Tagubothu’ Ramesh. However, their appearances fail to evoke laughter, leaving their potential untapped. Sreemukhi stands out due to scenes shared with Chiranjeevi, especially the memorable ‘Khushi’ waist scene.
In conclusion, ‘Bhola Shankar’
lacks the necessary ingredients to be a successful remake. Despite Chiranjeevi’s valiant efforts and Meher Ramesh’s strength in action sequences, the film falls short in terms of engaging storytelling and impactful comedy. The film’s attempt to replicate the success of ‘Vedalam’ proves unsuccessful, leaving audiences wanting more substance and creativity.