Bharat Ane Nenu (2018)
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Directed By: Koratala Siva
Cast: Mahesh Babu, Kiara Advani, Prakash Raj, Sarathkumar
19 years ago Shankar made Mudhalvan, a political thriller which gave hopes to the much ignored middle class. A common man with middle class upbringing becomes the Chief Minister and does well for the public. That movie had political repercussions in India because it resonated with the masses. Bharat Ane Nenu tries the same albeit in its own way. The main protagonist becomes CM right after his fathers death. My confusion starts from that point itself- as the background score is going ‘of the people, by the people, for the people. How can it be all that in the background it is all in the fact dynasty politics.
Bharat (Mahesh Babu) graduates with his 5th degree but is still clueless about his future- he says and sings ‘I don’t know’. Obviously! only a clueless guy will aim to get 5 degrees. I think it was an attempt by director Koratala Siva to make audience understand that Bharat is a fast learner. Bharat has lived his entire life in London away from his politician father and present Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Raghava Rao (Sarathkumar). Raghava’s death breaks the degree accumulation rut and he heads back to India. His death creates a vacuum and starts an infighting in the ruling party over succession.
Vardarajan (Prakash Raj) is Raghava’s former partner and one of founding members of the party. To put an end to the infighting, he requests Bharat to take charge. The real motive behind the move is that since he a novice to politics he will be more of a yes man. To his horror Bharat starts taking his own decisions based on logic and compassion. Slowly and steadily he helps out lot of people by empowering them and holding them accountable. At first his decisions come under fire but people accept him when they see the method in the madness.
The whole first half builds his credibility as a leader and the director passes lot of current good schemes as Bharat’s. A big reason for Bharat’s success is the fact that he is not corrupted by the culture of Jugaad. Bharat Ane Nenu hits the nail when it discusses local governance and accountability. A society like India takes everything for granted and the government needs to toughen up and take steps to ensure consequences for every action. Sometimes society needs a father to discipline it. One of the best scenes of Bharat Ane Nenu is when Bharat tears into a journalist who has been writing personal remarks for TRP.
Bharat Ane Nenu looses because of lack of the characters. Prakash Raj is one of the top actors in the country but his role is so mellowed and underutilized. Kiara Advani as Vasumathi is one of the weakest characters written for a female role. She doesn’t even get a say whether she wants Bharat or not. Another issue is that its unable to decide whether it wants to fight the system or Vardarajan. The last plot twist was unnecessary and the movie was fine till the the system was the villain.
Bharat Ane Nenu is a good watch where Mahesh Babu lends his charisma to the role. The director could have done without the slow motion action scenes where Bharat beats the bad guys without getting a scratch. Watch it and share your rating above.
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