Telugu Movie Maharshi Review: Success Story doesn’t have a full stop
Mahesh Babu’s movies can be generally categorized as hardcore mass entertainers that are intended with social issues. In this journey, some of his movies worked big time while some tanked without any trace. However, with movies such as Srimanthudu and Bharat Ane Nenu, he seems to have cracked a success formula: Take a social issue and labeled it in the most commercially entertaining way possible and make it resonate with the audiences. Mahesh Babu and Vamsi take the same path in Maharshi, which follows the journey of a self-made man ‘Rishi’ who rediscovers himself through farming after a journey of the middle-class boy to a millionaire CEO.
Vamshi Paidipally directorial Maharshi has traces of Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Swades and AR Murugadoss’s Kaththi which was remade in Telugu as Khaidi No. 150 as it follows Rishi (Mahesh Babu), a man who is so consumed by his own success that he gets lost trying to understand his own significance. In his pursuit of success and fame, Rishi distances himself from his family, loses his two best friends and the love of his life. When Rishi realizes what he’s lost, Rishi goes on a journey of self-discovery as he returns to Andhra to make up for his mistakes and goes on a new success journey. The aggression Rishi shows to media about his success is like from his previous crime movie ‘Businessman’.
Maharshi spends a lot of time establishing the fact that Rishi wants to succeed because he’s fearful of loos. He wants to succeed because he doesn’t want to end up being someone like his father, because of fed up being middle-class. A point that could have been easily made in lesser time is needlessly stretched for close to two hours and some scenes and few songs are not worth to invest if you are not hyped about silver jubilee of SSMB. The film takes off in the pre-climax and filled with action sequences, which is lifted by a strong emotional core and makes Maharshi work.
The person who deserves a standing ovation for the movie is a cinematographer KU Mohanan, he did a brilliant job in Andhadun but Maharshi is a big budget which was shot in Dehradun, New York and some places in Andhra Pradesh. Music is done by Devi Sri Prasad, this is the fourth time collaboration with Mahesh Babu and this is the least good album of all four. One powerful song sang by Shankar Mahadevan is really stand out of all.
That’s all for Telugu movie Maharshi Review, recommended watching the movie for one time.