'Bharat Ane Nenu' Movie Review: Mahesh Babu You Are The Politician This Country Needs

'Bharat Ane Nenu' Movie Review: Mahesh Babu You Are The Politician This Country Needs

Mahesh Babu's latest sees him in yet another dynamic role
'Bharat Ane Nenu' Movie Review: Mahesh Babu You Are The Politician This Country Needs

Starring: Mahesh Babu, Prakash Raj, Kiara Advani

Directed by: Koratala Siva

Not once does this politician raise his voice. His soft gentle eyes harden into steel when pushed against the wall. But otherwise Mahesh Babu as Bharath  the heir-apparent chief minister  of Andhra Pradesh,  doesn’t need to raise his  voice to be heard.
When he talks, everyone strains  to listens.  And that includes  us, the rapt audience. And when he  rebukes the  nosy  press photographers for prying into  his love life, I could  almost feel the flinch. For three hours Mahesh Babu’s  CM  act had me  glued to my seat. I  cheered, clapped whooped and  whistled. But this  man , so secretive so reticent and so  reluctant  to  let the word know what he  thinks, simply doesn’t respond to flattery or vilification. Hate him or love, this man will continue doing what he  believes in.

By default, after his father’s sudden death  Bharath is put in the seat  of power . Before that he is a  carefree if diligent student in England  enjoying his  life of moderation. Much like Rajiv Gandhi must have when his Mom  was suddenly annihilated. Come to think of it, there  is a  lot  of  Rajiv Gandhi in  Mahesh Babu’s  Bharath. The suave, erudite bend  of mind, the ability to be persuasive  without bullying his opponents…

Except when  bullied. Then we see  a different personality. There  is an extremely  engaging sequence at a hospital where Bharath’s politician-uncle(Prakash Raj, epitomizing  the sophisticated  sliminess  of  the seasoned politician) who is actually responsible for Bharath’s unannounced   chief ministership, tries to  arm-twist Bharath into reversing his  transfer  decision for some  errant bureaucrats. “Please  don’t embarrass me  by insisting,” Bharath says gently  before walking off with that understated confidence (if Salman Khan were not so cocky he’d be Mahesh Babu) leaving behind one red-faced politician-patriarch. There are  numerous such moments  of  cathartic  rhetoricism  in  the narrative where we  witness the  dynamic CM playing politics  by self-made rules. Mahesh Babu makes  the cool  CM look cooler with his refusal to  ‘act cool’. The  only time I cringed   was when Bharath asked his  startled  PA  about the clothes that the girl at the bus stop (whom the CM has been ogling  every day on the way to parliament) must be wearing on  that particular day. This, I thought, was carrying informality too far. But then Bharath, as  played by Mahesh Babu, doesn’t abide by  given definitions of right and wrong. Throughout the engrossing  film we see him taking decisions  that give us  hope for Indian politics, though I doubt a Chief Minister like Bharath  will happen in  my lifetime. Bharath Ane Nenu gives us much more than  rousing entertainment. It  gives  us hope. Hope for  politicians who are  fearless and  corruption-free and who can put this  messed-up country before self-interest. Mahesh Babu makes  it all seem feasible, desirable, attainable. He has solid  support from  writer-director Koratala Siva who doesn’t allow a moment  of  the  inherent drama  in  the plot to be dissipated  diluted  or  to lapse  into  humbug.

Indeed  Bharath Ane Nenu is  one  of  the  most entertaining films I’ve seen  recently.  It regales with its rousing rhetorics  on  political pursuits  and   keeps us  interested  in the protagonist’s battle to remain  on  top of the mountain of  corruption.
I must also mention  A  Sreekar Prasad’s editing which wraps itself  around the sprawling  saga with insistent  economy, and  Devi Sri Prasad’s  music and songs which careen  between  inspirational and perspirational depending on who’s dancing to whose tunes.
Most  of the time this fervent  concoction  of   politics and drama has  us wrapped around its  little finger. Forget the  spoken language, Bharath Ane Nenu speaks  the language that we all crave  to hear. The  language  of incorruptibility. Get us a chief minister  like Bharath and our faith in  the democratic  process would automatically be restored.

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