Bharat Ane Nenu is a latest Telugu movie starring Mahesh Babu and Kiara Advani in lead roles. DVV Danayya produced the film under his home banner Danayya Entertainment. Koratala Siva has written and directed it. Devi Sri Prasad composed the music. As the earlier film in the combination of Mahesh and Koratala Siva, ‘Srimanthudu’ has been a blockbuster, the expectations are sky high since the announcement of the project.
Bharat ane nenu Story:
Bharat Ram (Mahesh Babu) has an appetite for knowledge and studies in Oxford University, London pursuing multiple degrees. The sudden demise of his father and Chief Minister of the state Raghava (R. Sarath Kumar) lands him in a political chaos. The party chief and a close friend of his father, Varada Rajulu (Prakash Raj) requests Bharat to take up the place of his father. Bharat initially resists, but eventually agrees to become the next Chief Minister. What happens next forms the crux of the story.
Story & Character Analysis:
The story has close resemblance to ‘Leader’ starring Rana and Directed by Sekhar Kammula. The honest son of a CM taking his place and ruling the state with his strict policies is the main theme of both stories. The narration of childhood incidents could have been placed at the very beginning of the story, which would have avoided lag in later part. The story seems to be pretty large and quite compressed even after a run time of almost 3 hours. The heroine’s role is limited to being the love interest of Bharat. She doesn’t have much scope or screen space. The cabinet and opposition leaders too have limited scope, and they all work hand in hand against Bharat, which makes the story completely hero-centric like every commercial Telugu cinema.
The practicality of Bharat’s decisions is questionable. The CM cannot take decisions on his own like a dictator against his own party leaders and opposition. There is no strong opponent to hero since the beginning of the film, which is a major problem for the story. No one opposes him head-on, no one plans to get rid of him, no one plans a protest or riot, cabinet and media keeps quiet as soon as he reasons his decisions. This is not something we happen to see regularly and takes away the idea of story being realistic. This may not be a problem for regular commercial films, but those with a strong social message needs to be as realistic as possible.
Apart from all these issues, the film discusses a lot of real world problems. The rule breaking citizens, education as a business, Factionists and hooligans affecting politics, the villages and farmers being ignored, the TRP frenzy media, power hungry politicians, nepotism in politics etc. Above all the soul of the film is the message, ‘A true gentleman has to abide by his words.
This is undoubtedly the career best performance of Mahesh Babu. His earlier films like Srimanthudu, Brahmotsavam, Spyder etc had a linear characterization for majority of the movie. But ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’ has a character that has to evolve with time. He is a simple, down to earth youngster at the beginning of the movie. He learns and understands circumstances faster while correcting his mistakes. The performance of Mahesh in media conference scene is exceptional. Kaira Advani had a limited role, but she gave a good performance. Prakash Raj had a role with a scope for performance and he gave another remarkable performance. The other actors have done justice to their roles.
Koratala Siva delivers another simple story with a powerful execution. The story structure is linear without unnecessary twists and turns. The characterization of hero is elevated through morals and values instead of regular action and punch dialogues. The low angle shots and closeups are extraordinary. The production values of D.V.V. Danayya are great. The film looks classy with rich visuals. The art design is remarkable. The assembly and temple sets gave a rich look and ambiance. The Music by Devi Sri Prasad is already successful, and the BGM too doesn’t disappoint. Stunts are good, but nothing great about them. The screenplay and dialogues provide the elevation to enhance the stunts. Editing is fine, but the placement of scenes could have been better. Cinematography by Ravi K. Chandran and Tirru is remarkable. The lighting in some scenes is outstanding.