(Crisp) Movie Review: SRIKANTH by FENIL SETA

Srikanth tells the story of a very successful man; what goes in the favour of the film is that people hardly know about Srikanth Bolla. Hence, every step of his life, depicted in the film, makes for a great watch. Director Tushar Hiranandani treats the film in an entertaining manner. He doesn’t make it depressing and hence, it’s a film with a widespread appeal. The courtroom and airport scenes are too good. On the flipside, the narrative takes a sharp turn in the second half and it might make viewers a bit unsettled. No back story is given of Jyotika; Alaya F is introduced all of a sudden and we never know about her roots. The film is too fast-paced at times and the climax speech should have packed a punch like it happened, for instance, in Pad Man. Rajkummar Rao, however, is outstanding. He gets into the skin of the character and how. Jyotika is adorable and does full justice to her wonderful part. Sharad Kelkar, as expected, is dependable. Alaya F is much better here than she was in Bade Miyan Chote Miyan. Srivinas Beesetty (Srikanth’s father) and Anusha Nuthula (Srikanth’s mother) do well but are hardly there. Jameel Khan (APJ Abdul Kalam) is apt for the role. Bharat Jadhav (Judge) leaves a mark. ‘Papa Kehte Hai’ and the theme song stand out. All in all, Srikanth is worth watching for the plot, treatment and Rajkummar Rao’s award-worthy performance.

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