Movie Review: 'Bharat Ane Nenu': Mahesh Babu Plays Politician India Needs

Movie Review:

New Delhi: On Friday, 'Bharath Ane Nenu' was released. The film features Mahesh Babu, Prakash Raj & Kiara Advani in the lead. Mahesh Babu as Bharath, the heir-apparent Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, doesn't need to raise his voice to be heard.

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After his father's sudden death, Bharath (Mahesh Babu) is put in the seat of power. Before that, he is a carefree student in England, enjoying his life of moderation. Much like Rajiv Gandhi must have when his mother was suddenly annihilated. Come to think of it, there is a lot of Rajiv Gandhi in Mahesh Babu's Bharath. The suave, erudite bent 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, leaving behind one red-faced politician-patriarch.

Mahesh Babu makes the cool CM look cooler with his refusal to 'act cool’. "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 a humbug.

I must also mention A. Sreekar Prasad's editing which wraps itself around the sprawling saga with the insistent economy, and Devi Sri Prasad's music and songs which careen between inspirational and 'perspiration' depending on who is dancing to whose tunes.

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Most of the times, 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. Mahesh Babu's act as CM is just wow.

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