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Telugu movie “Bharat Ane Nenu" was released to packed theatres on April 20, 2018. The film stars Mahesh Babu, Prakash Raj and Kiara Advani in significant roles.

The Siva Koratala directed movie has already sent the box office tizzy. 'Bharat Ane Nenu,' the latest political potboiler with Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu in the role of the Chief Minister of Undivided Andhra Pradesh created a fan frenzy never seen before on the social media.

For 180 minutes, Mahesh Babu has his audience mesmerized by his charm, who cheered, clapped and gave catcalls. Mahesh plays an incorruptible politician, something of a utopia in the present world.

You may not agree with his antics, but this man will continue to play with his audiences sensitivities.

Trailer

The plot

“Bharat Ane Nenu” story is simple and chronicles how a purposeless youngster by a strange quirk of fate becomes the Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh. Mahesh Babu is perfect in his role as Bharath Ram, who has loads of degrees and raised in London while his father is a pillar of strength and holds his sway on the state as its chief minister. Prakash Raj plays the antagonist as a conniving party president who ends up opposite Bharath.

The director must be credited with building the story slowly and slowly increasing the pitch to a resounding conclusion with a message as in his past flicks. It is an all-out Mahesh Babu flick and the first-half is a classy political drama with some interesting moments.

The film has come at a critical juncture where the polity of the states of AP and Telangana is much akin to what has been projected in the movies. The film not only runs on the screen but also has the audience connecting with the character which Mahesh Babu is portraying.

The audience does not see much difference between the present political scenario and what has been depicted in the film. Politics have become the mainstay of Koratala’s movies, and the writers must have racked their brains to keep the complicated storyline well balanced and exposing the society’s current ills. The flick also periodically puts forth suggestions and in the process makes bold social statements also.

Audience response

What appeals to audiences is that the director does not hurry to introduce his principal characters. We have the early childhood of the primary character and also gain the empathy of the audience when his mother passes away and goes into the foster care of his stepmother.

While the father is busy playing his political games, the child now a handsome lad moves to London for his education.

Koratala is known to make flicks which are both commercially successful and critically acclaimed for its earthy humor and grim irony. The Director has given us many critically acclaimed films like "Mirchi," "Srimanthudu" (also starring Mahesh Babu) and "Janatha Garage." Mahesh Babu was last seen in AR Murugadoss’s spy thriller film, "Spyder."

Kiara Advani is not a newcomer and had made her debut in the 2014 Bollywood flick “Fugly” and also starred in the biopic "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story."

The storyline has resemblance with “Srimanthudu” where Mahesh Babu adopts a village and works towards its betterment. Something similar happens here also. As the CM of Andhra Pradesh, Bharath is pitched against a corrupt system and a conniving society which demands but never completes its duties. One cannot but fall for Mahesh Babu’s charisma and it seems that he is aging in the reverse and can easily pass off as a college student.

Box-office

Mahesh Babu is considered as a prince of the overseas market and is raking in a huge profit from the US Box-Office. It has been screened on a record number of screens, and more than 2000 shows were held in the US on April 19. The flick has already crossed the $1 million mark.

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