Megastar Chiranjeevi Godfather Movie Review

Megastar Chiranjeevi after unexpected Acharya debacle, promised a good film for all his fans and common audiences to love equally. Chiranjeevi decided to go with Lucifer, a Mohan Lal blockbuster from Malayalam Cinema remake, titled as Godfather. Here's Movie Review

Megastar Chiranjeevi's Godfather Movie Review
Megastar Chiranjeevi's Godfather Movie Review

Cast: Chiranjeevi, Nayanthara, Satyadev, Murali Sharma, Sarvadaman Banerjee, Puri Jagannath, Suneel, Divi Vadthya, Salman Khan (cameo), Shafi, Brahmaji, Jabardasth Srinu

Crew:
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Editor: Marthand K. Venkatesh
Music Composer: SS Thaman
Producer: R.B Choudhary, NV Prasad, Ram Charan
Director: Mohanraja

Rating: 2.75/5

Megastar Chiranjeevi after unexpected Acharya debacle, promised a good film for all his fans and common audiences to love equally. Chiranjeevi decided to go with Lucifer, a Mohan Lal blockbuster from Malayalam Cinema remake, titled as Godfather post Acharya. He has announced in his press meet that he had to shed all commercial elements that normally many associate with a Chiranjeevi film for this one. Salman Khan did a cameo in the movie, and “Bollywood Bhai” called it his debut in Telugu. Nayanthara and Satyadev joined Chiranjeevi to play lead roles. Let’s discuss about the film.

Plot::

Chief Minister of a Telugu State, P.K.R (Sarvadaman Banerjee) is announced dead all off a sudden. A power crisis ensues among the party members and Senior Leader Narayana Varma (Murali Sharma) tries to play the situation to his advantage. P.K.R has three children one illegitimate son and two daughters. Illegitimate Son, Brahma (Chiranjeevi) is not welcomed into family by P.K.R’s wife and she dies in a fight trying to avoid his inclusion into the family.

Her elder daughter, Satya (Nayanthara) decides to ban Brahma’s entry into their house or lives forever with her new born sister in hand. Brahma decides to stay away but work for party and P.K.R’s well-being. Satya marriesJaidev (Satyadev) and he decides to take advantage of crisis in the party. He reveals to Varma that he killed P.K.R and he will be next Chief Minister. He ties up with Drug Lords for party fund and Journalist Govardhan (Puri Jagannath) decides to expose him. What will Brahma do to change political dynamics? What kind of plans will Jaidev lay to counter Brahma? Who will win among the two? Watch the movie to know more…

Analysis::

Megastar Chiranjeevi in a Salt N’ Pepper Look and subtle performance emotes with his eyes in this role. He talks in a measured manner and doesn’t involve in any comic scenes. Quite a departure from his regular style and his dialogue delivery post comeback in 2017, suits this role. Director Mohanraja took care about the looks that many complained in Acharya and saw that in close-up shots Chiranjeevi eyes are highlighted. He aced this tailor-made character. Satyadev as Jaidev and Murali Sharma as Varma did next best roles and aced them. Unfortunately, Nayanthara and Salman Khan did not add any value to the roles. Sarvadaman Banerjee is a welcome edition to actors who started their second innings. Puri Jagannath’s character is good but he did not convince entirely. Shafi made an impact and Suneel, Divi Vadthya did perform well in emotional scenes.

Director Mohanraja is known as “Remake Raja” in Tamil as he successfully remade Amma Nanna O Tamil Ammayi, Bommarillu, Jayam, Nuvvosthante Nenoddantana, Azad as M. Kumaran S/o Mahalakshmi, Santhosh Subramaniam, Jayam, Something Something, Velayudham, respectively. He couldn’t get similar blockbuster success with Kick remake Thillalangadi. He decided to write his own script and delivered Thani Oruvan. The movie has been remade in Telugu as Dhruva by Ram Charan. Hence, Mohanraja got this opportunity to remake Lucifer in Telugu and in fact, he debuted in Telugu as a director with Hanuman Junction, remake of Malayalam Movie, Thenkasipattanam. This is his second straight Telugu movie and he did prove that he is very good at remakes.

The director did not let the essence of the original Lucifer die in the remake. He made few changes that worked in first hour but second half looked too long and few things seemed dragged out as they end up predictably. Salman Khan’s cameo lacks effectiveness even though the idea behind bringing him, is understandable. Dialogues, songs lack punch. Back ground Score is much better and Nirav Shah visuals are good. Editing and VFX could have been better. On the whole, movie satisfies Chiranjeevi fans but common audiences might feel it a bit too serious.

Positives:

Megastar Chiranjeevi performance and look
Satyadev, Murali Sharma performances
Background Score
First Hour
Visuals

Negatives::

Lengthy Second Half
Dragged out pre-climax portion
Predictability
Songs lack punch

Bottom line: Chiranjeevi “one-man” Show!

Read Telugu Godfather Review here