Srimannarayana is a typical Balakrishna style film with punch dialogues and fights with the protagonist checkmating the evil designs of the villains and fighting to clear his name from false allegations.
While TV journalist Sriman (Balakrishna) is busy uncovering land scams, his father Narayana Murthy (Vijay Kumar) floats Jai Kisan Trust for the welfare of poor farmers. When the trust fund reaches Rs 5000 crores through donations, Narayana Murthy is found murdered under enigmatic contingencies. When the entire trust fund vanishes mysteriously, Sriman is framed and arrested. How, Sriman fights to clear the allegations against him and gets back the trust funds forms the rest of the story.
Balakrishna is agile, angry and aggressive delivering his well known patented performance. Parvathi Melton and Isha Chawla are mere glam props for the song-and-dance segments. Vijaykumar is decent. Kota Srinivasa Rao and Jayaprakash Reddy literally breath evil. Rao Ramesh and Nagineedu fit their roles. MS Narayana, Krishna Bhagawan and Dharmavarapu Subramanyam provide comic relief. All others just play their parts.
The story has no surprises, as the suspense elements are absent, and thus gets afflicted with the curse of predictability. Director Ravi has taken one too many cinematic licences and that hurts the credibility of the storyline. Screenplay suffers from bleak opening, no interval bang and poor climax. The dialogues suit the situations but double entendre mars the delivery value. Songs are more of an intrusion. Cinematography is ok. Technically, the film is just about average. Production values are good.
Srimannarayana is strictly for Balakrishna fans while it would be an average fare for the regular cinema goers. Not having enough of eyeball grabbing content works against the film.
The Cast and Crew
Balakrishna, Parvathi Melton, Isha Chawla, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Jayaprakash Reddy, MS Narayana, Rao Ramesh, Suresh, Vinod Kumar, Krishna Bhagawan, Ahuthi Prasad, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Nagineedu, Duvvasi Mohan, Sudha and others
Music : Chakri
Cinematography : T Surender Reddy
Editing: Gautam Raju
Producer: Ramesh Puppala
Written & Directed by: Ravi C Kumar
2.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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