Director Anil Ravipudi’s Sarileru Neekevvaru starring Mahesh Babu and Rashmika Mandanna has a lacklustre story that only sings hero’s praises.
It’s been quite a while since Mahesh Babu had ultimate fun in a film. For the last couple of years, he is seen playing similar roles with minor variations. Most importantly, these roles have made him almost expressionless. But, Sarileru Neekevvaru brings back the old Mahesh Babu. The one who has impeccable comic timing and gets the opportunity to shake a leg. And that’s the high point of the otherwise underwhelming Sarileru Neekevvaru.
Major Ajay Krishna (Mahesh Babu) is posted in Kashmir and leads a team of soldiers. During a rescue mission, one of his teammates gets fatally injured because of which he couldn’t attend his sister’s wedding. So, Ajay goes to Kurnool to meet his teammate’s mother Bharathi (Vijayshanti) to help them with the wedding and eventually break the news when he sees fit. When Ajay lands in Kurnool, he discovers that Bharathi and family are running for their life and MLA Nagendra (Prakash Raj) is behind it.
Director Anil Ravipudi’s Sarileru Neekevvaru was promised to be a proper family entertainer. While he made his hero mouth dialogues about respecting women, he almost forgot to implement it in his writing. The end product is the horrific stretch featuring Rashmika Mandanna. Let’s get to that later.
It is heartening to see Mahesh Babu spring to life in Sarileru Neekevvaru, after so many years. He is the saving grace of this colossal mess. His expressions and comic timing reminds us of Khaleja days and brings an instant smile to our face. But, there’s only so much he can do to salvage the script.