Superstar Mahesh Babu's film "Brahmotsavam," which released in theatres around the world on May 20, has garnered mixed reviews and rich ratings from film critics.
"Brahmotsavam," which means grand celebration, is a family drama about the importance of tradition and family values. Director Srikanth Addala has written the story, screenplay and dialogues for the movie, which revolves around a young guy who sets out to reunite his family.
The critics say some the romantic, comic and family drama scenes are engaging in the first half of "Brahmotsavam," and few scenes before the interval are superb and executed well. But things go haywire in the second half with narration turning slow and dragging. The climax is good and is among the highlights of the movie.
The movie features Mahesh Babu, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Pranitha, Naresh, Sathyaraj, Brahmaji, Jayasudha, Revathi, Rao Ramesh and others. Everyone has given wonderful performances, which are the big assets of the movie, but it is Mahesh Babu who steals the show, say the critics, adding that his chemistry with the heroines is also good.
Made on a budget of Rs. 75 crore, "Brahmotsavam" has rich production elements and music, picturisation, colourful sets and costumes makes the movie a visual treat, say the critics. The film has been rated an average of 2.93 out of 5 stars. We bring you some critics' verdicts and ratings for the movie. Continue to see them in the "Brahmotsavam" review round-up:
A film that drives home the message that relationships must be celebrated. Only that the idea is stretched into a feature film. Draw you conclusions. Slow pace hurts. Is Mahesh is out to impress the family audience? Wait and watch!
'Brahmotsavam' is not just another routine commercial mass masala. These days most of us are following 'Western Culture' and we forget our own relationships and family bonding. We are just blindly moving towards another lane and this movie will be an eye-opener. In fact the entertainment factor is less, and it is more of a documentary. But this movie conveys the much needed message to the next generation. Screenplay by Srikanth addala is a let down. If it was better, the movie would have got a better reach. The Interval block is so good and it will definitely bring tears. Mahesh Babu's emotional performance will be the talk of the town. But the supporting cast is in huge number and they never strike the balance with the story. But despite its flaws, the movie definitely is an eye-opener and it has to be watched with family. Mahesh Babu's performance single handedly redeems this film.
Brahmotsavam is a film which has some decent moments going its way. This is not your regular dance and fight movie and has simple emotions. Mahesh Babu's performance, family emotions and huge star cast are basic assets. If you ignore the predictable nature of the storyline and some boring moments during the second half, this is one film which can be easily watched with your family this summer.
Despite director's honest attempts to make us emotionally involved, we would emotionlessly wait for it to end. The best scene of the second half comes during the climax. But it is not strong enough to make us forget all the pain that we have gone through till that point. Even the family audiences will not be able to connect with these artificial emotions and lackluster script. Mahesh the superstar too will need a miracle to save this one from sinking.