Maharshi Movie Review

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Movie : Maharshi

Cast: Mahesh Babu, Pooja Hegde, Allari Naresh, Meenakshi Dixit

Director: Vamsi Paidipally

Producer: Dil Raju, Ashwini Dutt, PVP

Music: Devi Sri Prasad

Cinematography: K. U. Mohanan

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Run Time: 176 minutes

Mahesh Babu’s films can be generally categorised as commercial entertainers that are intended for the masses. In this process, some of his films worked big time while some sank without a trace. However, with films such as Srimanthudu and Bharat Ane Nenu, he seems to have cracked a success formula: Take a social issue and address it in the most commercially entertaining fashion possible and make it resonate with the audiences. He takes the same path in Maharshi, which follows the journey of a self-made man (Mahesh Babu as a billionaire) who rediscovers himself through farming.

Vamshi Paidipally’s Maharshi has traces of Swades and AR Murugadoss’s Kaththi as it follows Rishi (Mahesh Babu), a man who is so consumed by his own success that he gets lost trying to understand its significance. In his pursuit for success and fame, he distances himself from his family, loses his best friend and the love of his life. When he realizes what he’s lost, Rishi goes on a journey of self-discovery as he returns to India to make up for his mistakes.

Maharshi has nothing new to offer in terms of story. It spends a lot of time on establishing the fact that Rishi wants to succeed because he’s afraid of losing. He wants to succeed because he doesn’t want to end up being a nobody like his father. A point that could have been easily made in lesser time is needlessly stretched for close to two hours and the pay-off isn’t event worth the time invested. The film finally takes off in the last hour and it’s this stretch, which is elevated by a strong emotional core, which makes the film work.

Maharshi Story: Rishi Kumar (Mahesh Babu) is a guy with bigger dreams. He successfully cracks a job at an MNC and becomes the CEO of the same company. Later, he realises that his friend Ravi (Allari Naresh) needs his help. Ravi changes Rishi’s thinking. What did Rishi do then? How did he reach his goals? What happens in the end? Forms the story of the movie.

Maharshi Performances: Mahesh Babu is definitely the show stealer of the film. His energetic performance is undoubtedly one of the major plus points of the movie. Whether it is a college student or a CEO or a farmer, Mahesh Babu has gone under the skin of the character and has delivered his career-best performance in this movie. Pooja Hegde looked absolutely stunning in this film, and her chemistry with Mahesh Babu is an eye feast to watch. Allari Naresh breathes life into his character. He has delivered a memorable performance in this movie and will leave an impact on the audience. Jayasudha and Prakash Raj acted as husband and wife again in this film and needless to mention that they have acted naturally. Rao Ramesh delivered an honest performance. Ananya did an excellent job in essaying her role. Vennela Kishore and Mukesh Rishi performed well. Meenakshi Dixit is a perfect pick for her character. The rest of the actors including Hemanth, Jhansi, Sameer, etc. made their presence felt.

Maharshi Technical Aspects: Production values by Dil Raju, Ashwini Dutt, and PVP are luxurious. As all the three are star producers, we can say that they have not compromised at all in terms of quality and delivered the best output. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is just average. A couple of songs are good, and his BGM is worth appreciating. Cinematography by K U Mohanan is beautiful. He has produced some sleek visuals for the film. Editing by Praveen KL is clean and neat.

Maharshi Verdict: The solid story can be considered as one of the major driving factors behind the film. Vamsi Paidipally has prepared a new script for the film. He has not only took a beautiful story but also laced with equal amounts of comedy, romance, emotions, and some sentiments as well. Notably, some of the emotional scenes are handled exceptionally well, and we can give the entire credit to Vamsi Paidipally for his exciting narration. The movie starts on a lighter note. The first half is filled with some comedy scenes. The college sequences came out well and are extremely fun to watch. The friendship between Mahesh, Naresh, and Pooja is showcased beautifully. The interval twist is refreshing. The second half becomes more serious, and the emotional scenes are heartwarming. Mahesh Babu’s effortless performance made his role extremely relatable. The press meet scene is the highlight in this movie, and Mahesh Babu’s outstanding performance is an eye feast to watch for the audience. The climax, especially, the scenes about farmers are the heart of the movie. To conclude, ‘Maharshi’ can be considered as a memorable milestone movie in Mahesh Babu’s career.

If it was giving back to the society in Srimanthudu and being a responsible citizen in Bharat Ane Nenu; Mahesh Babu fights for the honour of farmers in Maharshi. The sub-plot about farming and the miserable lives of farmers hits you hard and Mahesh makes this part even more gut-wrenching with his performance. Unlike Kaththi, Maharshi doesn’t dramatize things and that’s a big relief. Vamshi redeems himself strongly with a relevant and highly emotional farming stretch which is inarguably the film’s biggest saving grace.

Maharshi is a problematic film with big ideas but it tugs at heartstrings. Take out the farming sub-plot, Maharshi would’ve been a tiresome watch in which Rishi just won’t shut up with his sermons on success. Mahesh Babu, as a billionaire and a farmer is acceptable, but he somehow struggles to fit into the shoes of a college student. One can’t shake off 3 Idiots hangover in the college portion which barely works except for some scenes between Allari Naresh and Mahesh. Naresh plays Ravi, a hardworking son of a farmer with big dreams. Pooja Hegde has very little to do in a role that has absolutely no purpose.

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  • Movie comes to an end on an emotional note. Keep watching telugunow.com for the complete review.

  • Time for Ide Katha song after Mahesh winning the village.

  • Scenes showing how Rishi is changing everyone in the state to help farmers are going on.

  • A Press meet scene about farmers and their struggles is on now.

  • Kancharapalem hero ( Wine shop guy) is making an important cameo.

  • Mahesh transformation into Farmer’s role and picks up the Plough. Time for Padara Padara song.

  • The fight showcased in the trailer is super with high on emotions. Now, Rajeev Kanakaala makes entry as a bad guy.

  • Movie getting into serious tone with JB plotting to stop Mahesh and Naresh.

  • After a few village oriented scenes, now its time for Paala Pitta song between the lead pair.

  • Pooja is back into the scene along with Vidyullekha. She comes to Naresh’s village regarding her company work.

  • Rishi challenges JB and starts his company branch in India at Ramavaram(Naresh’s village). Time for Phir Shuru song.

  • Naresh is fighting for his village against land acquisitions. Now, Jagapati Babu is introduced as Vivek Mittal, a leading corporate king in India.

  • Post interval Rishi lands in India. He travels to Ramavaram a village in Godavari district to meet his friend Ravi.

  • First Half Update: So far, the film is good with a feelgood narration. Mahesh Babu’s comedy timing and his attitude in college episodes are a treat to watch on the screen. Have to wait and watch how the second half turns out to be.

  • Rishi takes leave as CEO and is going to India. Now, the Journey Begins. Time for the interval.

  • Flashback completed. The suspense of Naresh’s character is revealed through a special song Nuvvani with montages is going on.

  • Ambitious Rishi lands in the USA. A small twist in the tale now.

  • Everyone completes college and Rishi has already started aiming to achieve big in life.

  • Rishi meets Pooja’s family in a funny scene and time for the song Everest Anchuna song.

  • A well-designed fight sequence is on between Mahesh and Mukesh Rishi’s men. Mahesh is looking super fit and young in the college episodes.

  • Time for friendship song Chotti Chotti Baatein between Mahesh, Pooja and Naresh.

  • Heroine Pooja Hegde is introduced in a funny manner. A few comedy scenes are on between Rishi and Ravi

  • After a powerful scene of “Success is a Journey” speech by Rishi, now Allari Naresh makes entry as Ravi a poor student from a remote village. Tanikella Bharani is introduced as Ravi’s father.

  • Family scenes establishing father-son roles are going on. Prakash Raj as Jayasudha are Rishi parents in the movie.

  • Movie back to present days and Rishi old friends from his college give him a surprise visit. Now, again the film goes back to flashback of Rishi college days. Energetic Mahesh with beard and mustaches.

  • Now, Jhansi’s interview with Rishi. Time for childhood flashback of Rishi.

  • Superstar Mahesh Babu makes a stylish entry as a businessman with Nuvve Samastham song playing in the background. A huge round of applause in the auditorium.

  • Hi… the film has just started and its runtime is 178 minutes

Movie : Maharshi Cast: Mahesh Babu, Pooja Hegde, Allari Naresh, Meenakshi Dixit Director: Vamsi Paidipally Producer: Dil Raju, Ashwini Dutt, PVP Music: Devi Sri Prasad Cinematography: K. U. Mohanan Genre: Drama/Thriller Run Time: 176 minutes Mahesh Babu’s films can be generally categorised as commercial entertainers that are intended for the masses. In this process, some of his films worked big time while some sank without a trace. However, with films such as Srimanthudu and Bharat Ane Nenu, he seems to have cracked a success formula: Take a social issue and address it in the most commercially entertaining fashion possible and make it resonate with the audiences. He takes the same path in Maharshi, which follows the journey of a self-made man (Mahesh Babu as a billionaire) who rediscovers himself through farming. Vamshi Paidipally’s Maharshi has traces of Swades and AR Murugadoss’s Kaththi as it follows Rishi (Mahesh Babu), a man who is so consumed by his own success that he gets lost trying to understand its significance. In his pursuit for success and fame, he distances himself from his family, loses his best friend and the love of his life. When he realizes what he’s lost, Rishi goes on a journey of self-discovery as he returns to India to make up for his mistakes. Maharshi has nothing new to offer in terms of story. It spends a lot of time on establishing the fact that Rishi wants to succeed because he’s afraid of losing. He wants to succeed because he doesn’t want to end up being a nobody like his father. A point that could have been easily made in lesser time is needlessly stretched for close to two hours and the pay-off isn’t event worth the time invested. The film finally takes off in the last hour and it’s this stretch, which is elevated by a strong emotional core, which makes the film work. Maharshi Story: Rishi Kumar (Mahesh Babu) is a guy with bigger dreams. He successfully cracks a job at an MNC and becomes the CEO of the same company. Later, he realises that his friend Ravi (Allari Naresh) needs his help. Ravi changes Rishi's thinking. What did Rishi do then? How did he reach his goals? What happens in the end? Forms the story of the movie. Maharshi Performances: Mahesh Babu is definitely the show stealer of the film. His energetic performance is undoubtedly one of the major plus points of the movie. Whether it is a college student or a CEO or a farmer, Mahesh Babu has gone under the skin of the character and has delivered his career-best performance in this movie. Pooja Hegde looked absolutely stunning in this film, and her chemistry with Mahesh Babu is an eye feast to watch. Allari Naresh breathes life into his character. He has delivered a memorable performance in this movie and will leave an impact on the audience. Jayasudha and Prakash Raj acted as husband and wife again in this film and needless to mention that…

Maharshi Movie Review

Story - Screenplay - 2.75
Star Cast Performances - 3.75
Technicalities - 3.75
Direction - 3

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Maharshi Movie Review

Maharshi Movie Review

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