Adhinayakudu spans three generations of political jingoism, chauvinistic groupism and self-centered activism. This is neither a political film nor strictly an entertainer.
Harish Chandra Prasad (Balakrishna) is a man of masses and he always keeps the welfare of the society as his priority agenda. He wants to establish a steel plant in his backward district with international assistance. The antagonists (Pradeep Rawat and Kota Venkateswar Rao) oppose the move and even go to the extent of eliminating him. Meanwhile, Rama Krishna Prasad (Balakrishna) son of Harish Chandra Prasad, follows his father’s footsteps in serving the masses. Through a cruel coup Bobby (Balakrishna) son of Rama Krishna Prasad, is separated from the family. Will Bobby reunite with his father? Will they be able to commission the steel plant? Answers to these questions lead to a predictably gory climax.
Balakrishna carries all the three roles with his usual aggressive body language and loud-mouthed dialogues. Except the makeup and costumes, no attempt has been made to give three distinct styles to the three different characters played by Balakrishna. While Saloni and Lakshmi Rai are confined to song-and-dance routine, Jayasudha is dignified in her cameo. Brahmanandam does give a few laughs. Kota Sreenivasa Rao gives a mature performance of yet another shady character. Pradeep Rawat carries himself well as a baddie. All others go through their motions in their miniscule roles.
It is an age-old story of father-son separation and being united later with the protagonists trying to help the community while the antagonists try to help themselves. The writer and director of this film should realise that this is the age of mature emotional responses and there is no place for silly melodrama in the name of sentiment. They should also know that the hero’s character will be elevated when there is a strong and powerful villain, like Rama vs Ravana. The story is specially written to impress Balakrishna’s fans. The dialogues are dramatic no doubt, but would suit more to a stage play than a movie. The music is not a strong point, though the background score is. Cinematography is good.
Adhinayakudu is custom-made for Balakrishna’s fans and they would lap it up regardless. For the general film going public, there is not much of a drama or entertainment. Political satire is an entirely different ball game from a character mouthing political criticism in a mass masala film. Somehow, the characters in the film give you a feeling of deja vu and the taste of a stale wine in an obsolete bottle.
The Cast and Crew
Balakrishna, Saloni, Lakshmi Rai, Jayasudha, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Brahmanandam, Venu Madhav, Sukanya, Pradeep Rawat, Murali Sharma, Aditya Menon, Ravi Prakash, Charan Raj, MS Narayana and others
Music : Kalyan Mallik
Cinematography : T Surender Reddy
Editing : K Venkateswar Rao
Producer: ML Kumar Chowdary
Banner: Sri Keerthi Combines
Director : Paruchuri Murali
2.75 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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