Movie : Bimbisara
Starring: Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, Catherine Tresa, Samyuktha Menon, Warina Hussain.
Director: Mallidi Vashist
Producer: Hari Krishna K
Music Directors: M. M. Keeravani, Chirrantan Bhatt, Varikuppala Yadagiri
Cinematography : Chota K. Naidu
Editor: Tammi Raju
Release Date : August 05, 2022
Bimbisara is a film that has been promoted quite well in the last few days. The film has been released with very good hype today. Let’s see whether it lives to the expectations or not.
Bimbisara is a ruthless king of the Trigartala kingdom. He is evil and his only motto is to conquer kingdoms without any mercy. But due to a curse, his life changes and he is sent to the present-day world filled with problems. What is that curse? What’s the connection between the past and present? Who is Bimbisara in the first place? To know the answers you need to watch the film on the big screens.
Director Vasshist makes his debut with this film and he needs to be credited for penning a very interesting story. The way he mixed the time travel concept with fantasy and modern-day emotions is quite good and gives the audience a new experience.
Kalyan Ram gets a striking makeover and gives his career-best performance. He is menacing as the ruthless king and showcased a solid negative touch in his character. Be it his expressions or body language as a king, Kalyan Ram is top-notch. He also should be hailed for picking up a risky subject and standing by it.
MM Keeravani is yet another main pillar of the film and gives a solid music score. Be it the songs or his BGM, the legendary musician elevates the film completely. Catherine Tresa is good as the princess. After a long time, Srinivas Reddy gets a good role and entertains the audience.
The first half of the film is superb as the story is established superbly. The best part is the manner in which the time travel concept is established without missing any logic. The situational comedy once the king lands in the present day is also quite good.
The action blocks especially in the second half are established quite well by the director. The emotional quotient related to a small girl and her link to the king is quite good and evokes solid emotions.
The film has rich visuals and the VFX is superb and gives the audience a thrilling experience. The second half is ended on a very sensible note and leaves the audience impressed. Vennela Kishore and the supporting cast led by Prakash Raj do well in the film.
The heroines in the film do not get much to do with their characters. Samyuktha Menen is just a spectator in the whole narrative.
The second half becomes a tad slow once the key twists are revealed. The other character of Kalyan Ram is not etched well and more drama related to him and the king would have elevated the proceedings even more.
One of the biggest drawbacks is the main villain who is weak. A proper Telugu actor with more intensity would have made a world of difference to the film.
Kalyan Ram has spent a lot of money on the project and it shows in every scene. The production design and camera work especially showcasing the kingdom are amazing. Songs are packed quite well in the narrative. The dialogue especially mouthed by Kalyan Ram is just amazing.
The costumes picked for the king are good. The fight sequences are choreographed well and the VFX needs a special mention. The screenplay is quite interesting for the most part but becomes a bit dull in the latter part.
Coming to the director Vasshist, he makes a sparkling debut and is the one to watch out for. His strength lies in the script as the time travel concept is not easy to convince today’s educated youth. But the director passes with flying Colours and narrated the film on a sensible note.
The way he showcased Kalyan Ram as the ruthless king who gets transformed is the best part aspect of the film. Just when you think the film is losing grip, a new twist is revealed and makes things interesting. If he would have packed the second half with more drama, the output would have been even more intense.
On the whole, Bimbisara is a well-made fantasy drama with a solid backdrop and entertainment. Kalyan Ram gives his career-best performance and the narration is gripping. Apart from a few patchy scenes in the second half, this film has emotions, action, comedy, and good visuals that will be lapped by the audience and ends as an interesting film to watch on the big screen. Go for it.