Watching Adhipathi is a learning experience, and here is some of our learning:
- Fathers can adjudicate in court cases involving their sons (the justification
is doubtless the fact that the Ultimate Judge is also the father of us all).
- Coming out of jail can make you a superhero (and now you know the secret
behind Krishna's hugely successful stint on earth).
- A man can stay underwater for any amount of time without air supply (but
of course - didn't you learn in school that there is more life underwater
than over it?).
- You can beat up a policeman of the rank of DSP, and the force will still
be with you (significant since the force in question is the police force).
- You can talk porn to a girl in your first encounter with her and she'll
enthusiastically reciprocate (try it if you don't believe it).
- Making a girl fall in love with you is especially easy if you look old
enough to be her father (and so we are upgrading our recommendation on the
Pfizer stock to "strong buy").
- A lawyer can start arguments for his case by asking the judge for blessings
in full court (things will perhaps be even better if you call him "Hey Dude"
instead of the boring "Your Honor", but we are still seeking legal opinion
- You can get audiences for all this (one of them is writing this, see).
There are lots of other things as well for dutiful enough pupils, but we'll stop
here and try to exercise our other analytical skills. Like you will soon appreciate,
there is lots of that needed here.
Yogendra (Mohan Babu) is the son of Honest Man Justice Panduranga Rao (Vijay Kumar).
Yogendra is the IAS topper (the way the movies churn these out, you'd wonder there
isn't one in every street), and in a party that he throws for his friends to celebrate
it, is trapped in a murder case. You guessed it - Honest Man is the judge of the
case, and yes, Honest Man stays honest and throws son in jail.
Yogi emerges from prison like it were Krypton, and can now beat up 40 people
single-handedly - and he doesn't even have to wear his underwear on the outside,
women flip nevertheless. Somebody really should do a gene test on him - many
future generation men will benefit.
As you may expect, Yogi wants revenge (a feeling echoed by your own mind as
the film progresses, but we'll get to that later). Since the movie needs a story
to make things tough for him, it so transpires that his dad has fathered a kid
out of wedlock too, and the bad men get to know of this. There's joy and ecstasy
all around that camp, especially since Honest Man is all set to become the Chief
Justice of India.
Honest Man decides to exercise the dishonesty option at this juncture (well,
everyone needs a change), and denies he's fathered anyone (out of wedlock, that
is - now let's not disrupt Yogi's sense of security too). Yogi gets to know
from alternate sources that Honest Man indeed gave him a bonus sister, and decides
to adopt her that, much to dad's chagrin.
The sister now gets killed, and Honest Man is cleverly implicated - the bad
men are particularly good at doing this, as they've demonstrated already. The
only witness is killed, and Yogi is lost for ways out to save dad. Same with
the movie too at this late stage, and so in comes star no. 2!
Jaganmohan (Nagarjuna) is a leading criminal lawyer (we know because he keeps
saying so) and is the best friend of Yogi - so much so that he leaves a marriage
midway (his) to rush to Yogi's side. In our humble opinion he could've completed
the marriage and still had considerable time to spare, but who cares for our
opinion (sniff... sorry). Anyway, the case is argued in an unarguably unbrilliant
way, and the bad men are defeated. And, like we started out saying, you leave
the theater a sadder but wiser man.
Now for the performances. The film has a popular starcast, all in roles they'll
want to be forgotten quick if they want to stay popular. Mohan Babu can act, of
course, but that thing is better when done in good films. He keeps beating people
up and making lewd comments in the movie (how humorous do you find him saying
"dimpaalsina vaadini nene" to the heroine?), and apart from some signature dialogues,
that's about it. Incidentally, if you are planning to go with your family to this
one, it would have to be a very progressive and liberal family indeed.
Preeti Jhangiani fills the opening for flesh in the movie. Nagarjuna came in either
because he owes Mohan Babu a favor or because he thought this would be a Damini-esque
Sunny Deol-esque role. If it's the former, this is a forgettable way of repaying
it, and if it is the latter, a regrettable decision. Kota will only kill his career
if he does insignificant roles like in this one. Mukesh Rishi is your run-of-the-mill
villain and none of the rest is worth any comment. As for the music, you could've
composed it yourself if given the instruments and some practice.
You'd need to be tougher than the toughest to appreciate this, so make the choice.