Cast: Mahesh Babu, Kajal Agarwal, Prakash Raj, Sayaji Shinde, Nassar, Raja Murad, Brahmaji, Master Akash etc
Cinematography: Sam K Naidu
Editing: SR Shekar
Story – screenplay – dialogues – direction: Puri Jagan
Producer: Dr. Venkat
Langauges:Telugu, Hindi, Tamil.
Release date: 13 January 2011
Theater watched: Cinesqaure, Guntur.
Rating : 2.75/5Mahesh Babu and Kajal Agarwal New Film Business Man Telugu Movie Review:Puri Jagannath has teamed up with Mahesh Babu again for Businessman. This time too, they have worked on an action-oriented subject. Can Puri-Mahesh recreate the Pokiri magic once again? yes It seems to be worked again but Not as puri and Mahesh was exptected!!!Story:Commissioner of Mumbai Police (Nassar) proudly declares that Mumbai is free from mafia as all dons are either retired or working with government. Surya (Mahesh Babu) comes to Mumbai from Hyderabad. His sole aim is become a Mumbai don and make this organized crime a business enterprise throughout India. With his street smartness and corporate strategies, Surya becomes Surya Bhai in no time. The rest of the story is all about the motive behind the who business thing.
Artist Performances:There is only one actor in the film who is everywhere – it is none other than prince Mahesh Babu. The film revolves around him and all other characters including Kajal Agarwal are just like extra or junior artists. Mahesh Babu carries the role with the required intensity and charms. Kajal Agarwal is there just to fill the glamour element. Nazar is effective as the city police commissioner. Prakash raj is wasted in a small role. Sayaji Shinde is his usual self. Brahmaji, Subba Raju, Dharmavarapu and others are there just to fill up the gaps.
Technical and Other Departments:Puri Jagan is a director who created a new character with Idiot. He took the hero character close to the youth with an identification factor. He created another character in Pokiri that has no morals and do anything for his selfishness. But that character has a purpose and he beautifully blended the purpose of the character into a family drama at end. In the character of businessman, Puri Jagan has blurred the line between hero and villain. Gone are the days where hero is supposed to be morally correct. Puri Jagan introduces a new character where hero does everything (could be immoral and unethical) to achieve his goal. It’s a brave attempt by Puri Jagan to make a film with single orientation without bothering about format/formula. The characterization of hero is very good, but the motive/conflict point of hero is not convincingly shown in flashback. Certain screenplay techniques are good. Businessman is like Sergio Leone’s cowboy flick with mafia backdrop.
Music by Thaman is an asset. The background music is pretty good. Cinematography by Sam K Naidu is nice. The best part of the film is dialogues penned by Puri Jagan. Puri Jagan’s strength has always been dialogues and he made sure that they are witty and philosophical at the same time. You see this kind of scenes where an attack happens while the a group is casually conversing about trivial topics (like to tuna fish scene in Businessman, joke scene in Satya – and many countless scenes in Quentin Tarantino flicks). You can also observe certain influence of Ram Gopal Varma’s philosophy in Puri Jagan’s philosophical dialogues (tune fish, puli/jinka, atheism etc). Fights composed by Vijay are entertaining. Though there are a couple of cuss words which are justifyably muted, the censor board has been overtly strict in muting words like ‘dobbey’ and blurring cleavage and thigh shots which are common and uncensored in almost all Telugu releases.
Analysis:Puri Jagannath has repeated his mafia/don theme once again. He has concentrated only on one thing – Mahesh Babu – and has neglected the other aspects like good story, drama, sentiment, comedy and other aspects that make a film a entertainer. Businessman is weak on several counts and this is sure to affect the fate of the film at the Box Office.
Final View:Businessman is not a regular film with the regular dose of action, comedy and entertainment. It is a serious film and hence its appeal is very limited. The film may be liked by the fans of Mahesh Babu but for the general audiences it is just an average film that has nothing new or exiting to offer. Puri has disappointed once again.