B Tech Babu (Rana Daggubati) is a Surabhi theater actor. He wants to go to USA and do further studies, but his grandfather (Kota Srinivasa Rao) insists that Babu should serve Surabhi troup. Grandfather dies and his last wish for B Tech Babu was to do a stage play called Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum in Bellary stage play competition. B Tech Babu and his group travel to Bellary. As he starts working for play in Bellary, he stumbles on a mining magnate Reddappa (Milind Gunaji) and a documentary filmmaker Devika (Nayantara). Rest of the story is all about how these three primary characters converge into a common point.
After Leader, Rana Daggubati gets another author-backed meaty role that projects his strengths. Rana’s action figure was used very well in action sequences of the film. Rana’s voice and diction is used to maximum effect. Rana will get maximum mileage as an actor with this movie. Nayantara is natural as a daring documaker. She dubbed her voice and its pretty good. Kota is excellent though we expect more screen time for him. Milind Gunaji is perfect as mining lord. Raghubabu is entertaining and his expressions in climax stage play are excellent. Posani Krishna Murali did a full length role as a taxi driver. LB Sriram’s role is intense. Satyam Rajesh is good and Brahmanandam is alright. Murali Sharma is nice. Ravi Prakash does justice in a brief role. Venkatesh and Sameera Reddy sizzled in an item song.
Story - screenplay - direction: Story of the film has huge potential. The basic plot has all commercial ingredients at the right places. You have everything you expect from Krish in this film. There are sensible scenes and a few great dialogues. A script of this magnitude need an extraordinary direction and excellent screenplay to translate onto the screen effectively. The larger-than-life commercial elements and ineffective screenplay has made the required emotional depth go missing. There are a few scenes in the film where you connect with the story, but the immediate scenes that follow disengages from the story. The climax line of ‘manishi avataram’ is really good.
Other departments: Mani Sharma has come up with one his best works in recent times for KVJ. He has scored new kind of background music (the one that comes when Murali Sharma is introduced, the humming before Arere Pasi Manasa.. etc). Dialogues by Sai Madhav Burra are excellent. Cinematography by Gnana Sekhar reflects the mood of the film. Action choreography by Vijayan deserves appreciation. Sirivennela has penned superd words for ‘Jarugutunnadi Jagannatakam’ song which was sung to maximum effect by SPB. Editing by Shravan is sharp. JK Murthy’s exhibition set is tasteful. This film is made with good production values.
Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum is film that mixes the sensibilities of Krish with commercial elements. Plus points of the film are basic plot, dialogues and music. On the flipside, a commercially arresting screenplay and emotional depth might have taken the movie to the next level. We have to wait and see how it fares at box office.
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