Cast: Mahesh Babu, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Pranita Subhash, Jayasudha, Revathi, Rao Ramesh, Naresh, Sayaji Shinde, Vennela Kishore
Director: Sreekanth Addala
Music: Mickey J Meyer
Producer: Prasad V Potluri
Srikanth Addala and Mahesh Babu, in collaboration with PVP cinema have come together with a magnum opus of 2016, Brahmotsavam. With a stellar star cast and some great production values, let’s see how well Brahmotsavam fares.
The story begins with a very happy-go-lucky joint family being introduced. Satyaraj owns a paint factory and all his family members like Naresh, Rao Ramesh, Revathi, Jayasudha, Pranitha Subhash, Sranya Ponnvanna work in this factory. Rao Ramesh wants his daughter, Pranitha to marry Mahesh, while Mahesh is in love with Kajal, who happens to be his father Satyaraj’s daughter. They live in the US and come down for a small holiday. Kajal and Mahesh fall in love but part ways because of the entire joint family set up. One small hiccough and the family falls out. Mahesh’s heart yearns to fulfill his father’s wish and also figure out where life is leading him. From Haridwar to a village, the transition into a humble being is what Brahmotsavam is all about. Watch the movie and find out what exactly happens with Mahesh Babu. Whom does he marry in the end? Why does Rao Ramesh have a problem with Mahesh? What comes of Pranitha and Samantha?
A Mahesh Babu and Srikanth Addala combination can only expect high-level family values portrayed. And Brahmotsavam seemed like an extension of Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu. With heavy family sentiments bombarded throughout the movie, looks like Srikanth Addala is still hung over his previous hit. Mahesh feels like he’s got a new, bigger family this time. Nothing new to look out for. With extensive jump cuts, the audience tries hard to stay connected with the movie. Unfortunately, the whole idea of being together is the only driving force of this movie. With a wafer thin plot, the hero looks very purpose less.
The cinematography by Rathnavelu and the massive sets designed by Thota Tharani need a special mention. With great art work, the first half of the movie looks like a huge celebration indeed. Sadly all those unnecessary song sequences remind us of a Sooraj Bharjathiya movie, where the entire family is super excited about everything and breaks out into a dance with the drop of a hat.
Great foreign locations, very good production values and the journey to all the cities in the second half seem a little interesting in the movie, but again, the audience fails to understand the plot. Too many twists and too much sentiment is what is drilled into the minds of the audiences. How a son who is not focused about is life realizes his purpose only after his father’s death, is what is shown in Brahmotsavam. All in all, not many of the audiences might not accept this “celebration” of a film.
Production Values, cinematography and sets
The senior actors (Revathi, Rao Ramesh, Satyaraj and gang)
Good romantic sequences between Mahesh Babu and his heroines
Cute romantic chemistry, not too over the top
Too many jump cuts
Wafer thin plot
Extreme family drama and sentiments, feels like a continuation of SVSC
Family jumping into a dance sequence with the word go!
Verdict: Let’s call it only Utsavam, and not “Brahmotsavam”, shall we?