Rating: 8/10 (Perfect Family Entertainer)
NTR fresh off the success of Adhurs has teamed up with director Vamshi Paidipally for a family entertainer called Brindavanam. Featuring a huge ensemble cast and extravagant sets, this film was produced by Dil Raju on his Sri Venkateswara Creations banner and released on October 14th, 2010. How does the film fare? Find out in my review
Story: Brindavanam is about Krish (NTR) who is the heir of millions of dollars and his girlfriend is Indu (Samantha). Krish is jobless but is a good person at heart and his parents rarely scold him for anything. Indu asks Krish to do her a big favor and help out her friend Bhoomi (Kajal Aggarwal) who is supposed to get married to a village ruffian (Ajay) but she doesn't want to and lies that she has a boyfriend who lives in the city.
A reluctant Krish accepts and go along with Bhoomi to her village. She lives in a huge house called Brindavanam with all her aunts and uncles and her mother is dead. Krish meets her father Bhaanu Prasad (Prakash Raj) who strongly dislikes him at first and finds a connection with Bhoomi's grandpa Durga Prasad (Kota). Slowly but surely, Krish wins everyone over in Bhoomi's house with his free will attitude and good heart and becomes a favorite for everyone.
On the flip side, Bhaanu Prasad has a long lasting enmity with his step brother Sivudu (Srihari) for over 25 years and they hate each other because of an important reason and he is the leader for the opposite village. The interval bang throws an unexpected twist at you and how Krish manages to unite the two warring families and gets himself out of a tricky situation forms the rest of this movie.
Performances: NTR is awesome as Krish. He is so likable in this film and he is usually seen smiling or full of energy and just gives you a good vibe during the movie. His dances are flawless as usual and he is excellent in this class but mass role.
Samantha has a minuscule role to be honest and it's Kajal who gets more screen time. She looks beautiful and emotes well during the emotional scenes.
The veterans Prakash Raj, Srihari, and Kota are the pillars of this film. The emotional quotient in this film is due to them and they bring out their best in the climax. They are all flawless and exceptional as usual.
Venu Madhav is entertaining in the 1st half and Brahmi steals the show in the 2nd half as makeshift father of NTR. Mukesh Rishi is funny for once and Pragathi is ok. Ajay as the main villain has done a routine and cliched role he has done n number of times in the past.
Raghubabu and Ahuthi Prasad as the lazy but changed uncles make an impact and make their presence felt in the interval.
Technicalities: Music by Thaman and background score are excellent. All the songs are superbly shot and visual treat on screen. Cinematography by Chota K. Naidu is the highlight of this film. He has captured the extravagant sets, beautiful locales, and the surroundings of a village so elegantly and beautifully and this film is just so beautiful to watch on screen. Every frame is eye pleasing and pleasant to watch as the film is shot is rich and vibrant way, going with the mood of the film. Just exceptional stuff from the ace cameraman. Editing by Marthand K. Venkatesh is fine but maybe some scenes could have been chopped off. Dialogues by Koratala Siva are excellent. Fights by Ram-Lakshman are good. Screenplay by Vamshi Paidipally is good. Production Values by Dil Raju are incredible as usual. Not a single penny was compromised on this film and this is his most rich and vibrant product to date.
Analysis: Two warring families, huge sets, Seema backdrop, tons of character artists, big action sequences, heroines, fathers, and a random hero who comes from nowhere and wins everyone over with his feel good and free will attitude. These are the staples of every family entertainer and so many films have been made using this formula. But as an audience for some reason, there is something about this blend of elements that pulls us to the theater every time. It's like Hyderabadi biryani. It smells delicious and then when you taste it, the taste of all the blended herbs and spices along with the chicken is so filling that you want to have more and more. This is the same case with family entertainers.
And Brindavanam has all these elements making it the perfect watch. Action, drama, sentiment, and comedy in regular intervals and most of all beautifully shot songs are a must in every big budget family entertainer these days. You name it this movie has it. The 1st half is good as soon as Krish enters the village and it's surroundings. The way he changes every one in the house is a been there, done that scenario and the interval bang is nice but has a very stupid dialogue that Prakash Raj says to NTR. That sets it up for a nice second half with is nicely laced with comedy and action and the climax brings out all the truths and is the emotional core of the film. This is a film whose fights are not excessively violent making it ok for families to view and for the little kids to enjoy. Vamshi Paidipally has redeemed himself after Munna and has made a wholesome family film that everyone can watch together.
On a whole, Brindavanam is the perfect family entertainer. It has everything you expect from a movie like this and Dil Raju's production values, Chota K Naidu's visuals and the performances of the cast take it to the next level. This is the perfect film to watch this weekend with your family and go laugh, cry, and be entertained. I'm going with 8/10.