Cast: Nagarjuna, Srikanth, Sarath Babu, Sayaji Shinde, Kaushik, Sai Kumar, Srihari, Kamalinee, Dharmavarapu, Rujutha Deshmukh, Vinaya Prasad, Ananth, Ali, Brahmanandam and others
Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers
Music: M M Keeravani
Director of Photography: S Gopal Reddy
Editor: Katikaneni Shravan
Produced by: Mahesh Reddy
Banner: Saikrupa Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Screenplay and directed by: K Raghavendra Rao
Release date: Sep 06, 2012
Runtime: 140 mins
Rating: 3 / 5
Akkineni Nagarjuna New Devotional film Shirdi Sai Telugu Movie Review:Akkineni Nagarjuna has won the hearts of audience with his brilliant acting as God-man in his previous movies like Annamayya and Srirama Dasu, which were directed by K Raghavendra Rao. After the success of these movies, the King has once again joined hands with the director for his latest outing Shirdi Sai. Prior to its release, the film has created quite a buzz and the actor has made sure that his performance meets all those expectations.
Shirdi Sai is a devotional film, which depicts the landmark life episodes of Shirdi Sai Baba. Nagarjuna’s excellent performance is the major highlight of the movie. MM Keeravani’s music, S Gopal Reddy’s beautiful picturisation and Paruchuri Brothers’ heart touching dialogues are its other attractions.
The film chronicles the life of Shirdi Sai Baba and his miracles. So the story, by and large, is faithful to the Shri Sai Satcharitra. A young boy comes to Shirdi, and he practices meditation there but his activities are seen by a local head Bhatia (Sayaji Shinde) as madness. To get enlightenment, the young boy leaves for Himalayas and years later he returns to Shirdi, the place he loves. The people of Shirdi village name him as Sai. While Bhatia continues to doubt his miracles, he soon becomes a satguru to the people. Rest of the movie follows he becoming even more popular and how touches the hearts of people.
Nagarjuna epitomized Shirdi Sai Baba with his perfect portrayal of the sadguru. His pure eyes, calmness in face and authentic body language makes us all fall in love with his character. Nagarjuna is extraordinary in climax episode with white beard. Nagarjuna will get awards for his exceptional work. Srikanth played the role of a police who turned devotee. Kamalinee Mukherjee did the role of a Lord Krishna’s devotee who becomes a devotee of baba. Sayaji Shinde did the role of an immature financier who dislikes Baba. Srihari did the role of a British officer. His characterization is very similar to that of Mohan Babu’s character in Sardar Papa Rayudu. Sai Kumar is powerful with his character. The comedy written for Brahmanandam, Dharmavarapu and Ali is loud.
Technical and Other Departments:
Cinematographer Gopal Reddy has maintained perfect lighting and joined the VFX techniques at necessary places. Graphic works are also superb. Shravan’s editing is very tight. Paruchuri Brothers’ dialogues are good at places. Above all, it is Keeravani, who has scored more points in the film with his wonderful music. His background score is good and the DTS mixing is perfect. The choreography of the songs is excellent. The film proves that director K Raghavendra Rao has made a lot of research on Sai’s history before penning the script. He never looses grip on the subject. He has proved that his combination with Nag is just memorable forever.
Since it’s a bio-pic, Shirdi Sai should not be viewed like a commercial film. Every one of us have the curiosity to know more about Sai Baba. We might have read some books. But none of these readings give us a complete picture on life and times of Sai Baba. The film Sai Baba attempts to tell the world about the making of an enlightened man called Sai Baba who is revered as a God today. Nagarjuna is the major highlight of the film and he convinces us all as Sai Baba. You may watch Shirdi Sai with an academic interest.
In a nutshell, Shirdi Sai works mainly for staunch devotees. The film has many shortcomings and lacks the moments that evoke feeling of ‘bhakti’ in you, yet the climax sequences and Nagarjuna as Saibaba make up of them.