Bharat Ane Nenu
Cast: Mahesh Babu, Kiara Advani, Prakash Raj
Director: Koratala Siva
Bharat Ane Nenu reunited the two passions of India – cinema and politics. Mahesh Babus Bharat is the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, a position imposed on him. An educated man educated in London was not the policy he had in mind as a career option. But now that he's here, he wants to do a good job, change the way his state works, and count his word. The premise of an honest, development-oriented man who decides to enter the world of politics is based on the Tamil film Mudhalvan and his Hindi remake Nayak.
Bharat, as the lead actor of the other films, changed things in his condition. Bureaucracy is his first goal. He dreams of an ideal state in which people follow rules and regulations, education is a charitable initiative, and government officials reach their office on time.
But most importantly, his words stand for something. He holds his oath of office with the utmost respect. Unlike his fellow politicians, for whom there is another promise to be broken, he believes that if he is not true, he will lose the light in him. His conviction makes him an enemy even for his own party members to watch out for.
The film has added depth as it also treats the politics of nepotism in politics, the caste policy and the bureaucratic problems of the government. We, as the governed, live vicariously when we see a CM going to work as soon as he takes office and counts this day as something.
Dialogues are the star of this entertaining political drama. For example, Bharat analyzes the talents and interests of top officials and assigns them to a suitable team. The leader of the party, played by Prakash Raj, comes to Bharat to tell him to wait for certain positions as it needs further discussion. Bharat says, "There's nothing to discuss, I made the decision after careful consideration." When the party votes, Bharat simply says, "Why is their opinion important?" These are government officials.
The film also takes real-life situations, such as the 2016 decision in Bengaluru, which punishes traffic violations drastically increase, here finds a game. He makes us believe for the few moments when change is possible with the right guide.
An actor like Mahesh Babu, who is held back on screen and does not believe in loud performances, is the perfect choice for the role. The stubborn dialogues, when delivered in its typical subtle style, add an extra punch.
Bharat Ane Nenu achieves something that Spyder could not do for Mahesh Babu. Mahesh Babu has the best of commercial cinema in Bharat Ane Nenu – a strong theme, a tight movie, and a role he can chew.
Cinematographer Ravi K Chandran's slow motion technique gives Mahesh more power to Babu's character on screen. Devi Sri Prasad's music, especially the title song, has added value to the film, sometimes causing goose bumps.
Kiara Advani made a strong debut in this entertaining political drama with her appearance as Vasumathi opposite Mahesh Babu. The film hits the right chords and gives the audience the much needed catharsis.
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