Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankara Review


jagadguru-adi-shankara-reviewMovie: Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankara
Starring: Kamalinee Mukherjee, Kamna Jethmalani, Kaushik, Nagarjuna Akkineni, Srihari
Genre: Drama
Director: J K Bharavi
Producer: Jayasri Devi
Music Director: Nag Srivatsav
Release Date: 15-Aug-2013


J.K.Bharavi is known for providing scripts to devotional hits like ‘Annamayya’, ‘Sree Ramadasu’ etc. has come up with yet another devotional film. This time, he has come up with the film ‘Jagadguru Adisankara’. Bharavi has directed this film and Nara Jaya Sridevi is the producer. The film has released today, as an Independence Day offering, so let us check it out.

Story :

The story will be familiar to those who have studied the life of Adishankaracharya. From a young age, Adishankaracharya wants to become a saint. He is helped in these efforts by Agni Devudu (Tanikella Bharani), Rudraksha Rushi (Mohan Babu) and others.

Once Adishankara reaches a certain age, he wants to set out to Kasi. He crosses the path of Kapala Marthanda Raju (Suman), who is bent upon seizing the Sarvaghna Peetam.

While on the way to Kasi, he meets Chandaludu (Nagarjuna), who makes him think about many issues. Adishankara realises that he has to learn about many things before he can achieve the objective of world peace.

What does Adhishankara do next? How will he stop the Peetham from falling into the wrong hands? That is the story of the movie.

Plus Points :

Attempting to make a film like this in the present circumstances is a very brave and laudable decision. Kaushik has done a great job as Adhishankara in the film. Nagarjuna shines in the film for a few moments as Chadaludu and those sequences have come out very well.

Dr. Mohan Babu has delivered a great performance in a brief role. Sri Hari is also very good. Indian Idol winner Sri Rama Chandra has got a good role in the film and he has utilized the opportunity. Nagababu,Roja, Meena and other senior actors have done well in cameo roles.

The film has some meaningful dialogues and good religious discourses that will appeal to elders and those who are religiously inclined.

Minus Points :

Visual effects and CGI work is very poor and spoils the viewing experience completely. These sequences also spoil the flow of the film.

Films like ‘Sree Ramadasu’ and ‘Annamayya’ had a very clever mix of devotional elements and entertainment and that is what made them click at the Box Office. This is not the case with this movie. Students and mass crowds will find it very tough to connect with this film.

Better care should have been taken regarding costumes and art work.

Technical Aspects :

Cinematography is very mediocre. Editing is not up to the mark. Many scenes could have been trimmed. Nag Srivathsav’s music is ok, but Keeravani’s touch is sorely missing.

J.K.Bharavi has succeeded in the story and dialogues department. But he could not handle the responsibility of direction very effectively.

Verdict :

‘Jagadguru Adishankara’ is a film that will appeal to elderly people and folks who are devotionally inclined. The Box Office prospects might not be very bright. You may watch the film if you like serious devotional offerings.