*ing Mahesh Babu, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kajal Agarwal, Pranitha Subhash, Sathyaraj, Ramesh Rao, Revathi, Saranya Ponvannan, Vennela Kishore
Most movies these days are aimed at box office collection and masala entertainment. Once in a while there are movies that are really good, strikes the right chord among audience and then there is a third kind that comes once in a blue moon. The kind of movie that is utterly pointless, directionless and a total waste of time. Welcome to Bramhotsavam by Sreekanth Addala, just the third movie in the history of my life where I felt I may not sit till the end of the movie. For the amount of expectation this movie had generated among audience, it is a total bottoms up.
* Spoiler Alert *
Mahesh Babu is the son of Sathyaraj, an affluent paint company owner. Sathyaraj runs it along with his brothers and brother-in-law Ramesh Rao. They all live close-by and are close knit too. They celebrate all the functions together but Sathyaraj's daughter is in London and cannot be part of all the functions. Ramesh Rao is jealous of his brother-in-law and plans to marry off his daughter Pranitha Subhash to Mahesh Babu. But the plan goes south when he sees Mahesh Babu romancing Sathyaraj's friend's daughter Kashi (Kajal Agarwal). Out of disappointment and subsequent anger he fights with Sathyaraj and goes away. Sathyaraj is sad and unfortunately passes away. Mahesh Babu then along with Samantha (his sister's friend in London) goes on a tour around India - Nagpur, Jaipur, Solapur, Haridwar, Bangalore - to find his roots and extended family, for reasons known only to the director (I hope!). If you have noticed, the character names are not mentioned, that is because it is not mentioned in the movie also.
The direction of the movie is so pedestrian that for the first half an hour, you feel that you are witnessing a college skit. Especially the introduction scene for Mahesh Babu was so ridiculously artificial that a college skit would have been better. Then a scene, a song, a scene, song - after the fourth song in less than half an hour of the start of the movie I stopped counting. The chemistry between Kajal Agarwal and Mahesh Babu is the only saving grace of the movie and the only matured dialogue comes from Kajal Agarwal when she breaks up with Mahesh Babu. After that the movie evolves from being a college skit to be a TV serial. The height of it being in the climax when Ramesh Rao breaks down, the camera shows each one's face individually close-up with a bad background music as they do in mega serials. There is absolutely no logic in the direction. Mahesh Babu goes around India knocking doors and trying to find his extended family but he doesn't go to bring his own sister in London who fails to come even when her father died. Makes absolutely no sense to me! There is also an utterly redundant action sequence.
Mahesh Babu is handsome alright but gives a well below par performance. He gives good ones here and there but he is much better than the performance in this movie. Among the heroines, Kajal Agarwal does well. Samantha gives a predictably silly performance as was expected and Pranitha Subhash does not have much screen time to judge her performance. Ramesh Rao did really well, the character of a miffed brother-in-law. All other cast including veterans like Sathyaraj, Revathi, Saranya Ponvannan, Nassar have all done what the character wanted of them, which is not much. In the end, it is a waste of such enormous talent.
Among the technical aspects Rathnavelu did his cinematography very well and Thota Tharani's art direction is aesthetically pleasing. Nor Mickey Meyer's songs (except Aata Paataladu) or Gopi Sundar's background music evoke interest in the audience. I actually pity Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao for he would have had a tough job of selecting the worst scenes from a string of them to edit out. I don't know what choreographer was thinking when he directed the cockroach-in-pants step. The entire theatre erupted in laughter for that step. Dialogues are witty in one or two places but when the dialogues are meant to be philosophical they are only cryptic.
Verdict: Bramhotsavam is Flopustavam - Watch it at your own peril!