Mesthri has the story of the 1990s, the spirit of 1980s and the screenplay style of the 1970s.
Palakollu (Dasari Narayana Rao) joins as a loading labour in Visakhapatnam Port. With the usual good Samaritan works, he soon becomes a mesthri. Subbaraju (Pradeep Rawat) is the labour contractor for whom the mesthri and his group of workers toil for their living.
Hari (Srihari) a suspended police inspector has some suspicions about the mesthri.
There happens to be a difference of opinion between mesthri Palakollu and Subbaraju and in the ensuing violent tussle Subbaraju gets killed and mesthri goes to jail. Then it is revealed that Palakollu is in fact retired Major Narasimham who has come to avenge the murder of his sishya Major Devaraju (Mohanbabu).
Gandhian Gopalakrishna (Vijay Kumar) who is aspiring to become the CM is exposed by the mesthri along with other unsocial elements like Adiraju (Sayaji Shinde), Bhupathi (Rahul Dev) and others who are punished.
Dasari, Srihari, Pradeep Rawat, Shayaji Shinde, Rahul Dev and Mohan Babu are all given stereotyped roles and their performances gives the feeling of seen-all-this before. All other artistes go through their motions through an unimaginative script.
A stale story, seen-it-before scenes, heard-too-many-times type of dialogues and an inept screenplay with obsolete techniques make Mesthri very insipid. When the story is boring, the other technical values also fade away without being noticed.
Mesthri is a hurried concoction of political preaching, moral messages, lifeless characters, insipid story telling and a futile attempt to satisfy certain political bosses in the state by veiled digs at Chiranjeevi and Telugu Desam.
Politicians can become actors. Film stars can become politicians. But for God’s sake don’t politicize film making and picturize politics.
The Cast and Crew
Dasari Narayana Rao, Mohan Babu, Srihari, Sujitha, Vijay Kumar, Pradeep Rawath, Rahul Dev, Sayaji Shinde, Chandramohan, MS, Giri Babu and others.
Music: Vandemataram Srinivas
Cinematography: C H Ramaraju
Editing: Gautham Raju
Art: B V Rao
Story, Screenplay: Dasari
Producer: K Ramakrishna Prasad
Banner: Siri Media Pvt Ltd
Director: Suresh Krissna
1.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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