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Srimannarayana
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
4.5
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
7.0
4.0
3.0
6.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
Yes
In the wake of Telugu cinema's old order having totally collapsed - with top gun Chiranjeevi having left the scene, Venkatesh choosing to do one movie every two years and Nagarjuna foraying into gentler genres - Balakrishna has only himself to compete with. And while that fact gives us bonanzas like Simha and Sri Ramarajyam once in a while, it also means we have the Okka Magadus and Adhinayakudus to live with more often than not.

Srimannarayana is actually a much better movie than the recent dud Adhinayakudu. However, it remains another of those assembly line Balayya movies that feature the same do-gooder fighting the same atrocities in society, wearing the same clothes, spewing the same propaganda and romancing the same number of heroines as he has been for 2 centuries now.

In the movie, Balakrishna plays a journalist Srimannarayana, who unearths scams faster than the CBI can ever hope to. This is primarily because he can fly through his intro when other heroes simply walk. Also, he can retrieve vital USB drives from inside the blouses of female journalists of rival channels when the situation demands.

Srimannarayana's father is a farmers' activist who has started a trust fund for his farmer brethren, called the Jai Kisan Trust. The trust has received humongous funds from the general public and rich doctors, bankers and police officers. But on the day that Srimannarayana's father has to access the bank account, things take a twist.

Cheesy as it may be, this whodunit makes for an okay thriller that has some interesting twists. Srimannarayana doesn't pick up superhero stunts this time, but settles for inventive ways to finish the villains. That way, this is a game of brains and not special effects. Of course, technology plays a role, too. In one scene, Srimannarayana guides a girl, who is being chased by goons, through the narrow lanes and by-lanes of a colony to a nearby MMTS station - via a mixture of video calling and GPS technology that Google had better make cost-effective soon. The dialogues are fun too. It is only the romances with the women that are painful to hear, watch and experience.

However, the movie won't work because it has a B-grade feel to it, and it is only the fans who will get a kick out of it. Indeed, Balakrishna has stopped even caring about people who don't care about him.

Balakrishna does the same thing he always does. His costume designer clearly needs to be changed. Parvati Melton looks starved, and Isha Chawla is too young to be romancing the ageing hero.

The other characters are the same set of faces you see in every film - Rao Ramesh, Suresh, Kota Srinivasa Rao. The comedy bits with Jayaprakash Reddy, M S Narayana and Krishna Bhagawan work.

The songs are agonizing to listen and watch. The visuals are nothing great to speak about.

Not watching Srimannarayana won't lead to tragic results. Ignore if you're not a fan. And remember that in a review of a Balayya movie, nothing is ever made up.
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Portuguese Man-of-War on 31st Aug 2012, 11:25am | Permalink
If there were no caste feelings in AP, I do not think Balakrishna would have ever been a star.
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Guptha on 14th Sep 2012, 9:07pm | Permalink
I dont know When Balayya can learn acting and dancing. Comedy hero is better than balayya. Worst Hero in Tolloywood.
ranga rao on 22nd Sep 2012, 3:18pm | Permalink
ore gupta ee vorura needhi andaman ninchi vachava chimpangi vedava shut up
Balu on 12th Sep 2012, 2:54pm | Permalink
I dont know When Balayya can learn acting and dancing. Comedy hero is better than balayya. Worst Hero in Tolloywood.
rangarao on 22nd Sep 2012, 3:20pm
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harsha on 7th Sep 2012, 2:01pm | Permalink
Really very nice movie
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8
Pantish on 2nd Sep 2012, 1:01pm | Permalink
Old story...worst song timing....dialogues good...ballaya acting good...parvathi melton worst....isha chawla ok...overall...not a great movie...simha is ballay's last hit...!!
Ball Ey Aaaa... on 6th Sep 2012, 9:37pm | Permalink
Tollywood JOKER................
Movie on 1st Sep 2012, 12:32pm | Permalink
Send your enemies to this movie Nice way to take revenge
Portuguese Man-of-War on 31st Aug 2012, 11:25am | Permalink
If there were no caste feelings in AP, I do not think Balakrishna would have ever been a star.
Balayya on 31st Aug 2012, 9:33pm | Permalink
Hey Kishore....long time no see!
Jay on 31st Aug 2012, 1:49am | Permalink
Thanks Deepa, I never even try to go near of that movie theatre.
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