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Bhimaa Review: Outdated Masala

Bhimaa Review: Outdated Masala

Movie: Bhimaa
Rating: 2/5
Sri Sathya Sai Arts
Cast: Gopichand, Priyabhawani Shankar, Malavika Sharma, Nassar, Naresh, Poorna, Vennela Kishore, Raghu Babu, Mukesh Tiwari and others
Music: Ravi Basrur
Dialogues: Ajju Mahakali
Director of Photography: Swami J Gowda
Editor: Thammiraju
Co-Producer: Sreedhar Nekkanti
Action Choreographers: Ram Lakshman, Ravi Varma, Venkat   
Producer: KK Radhamohan
Story, screenplay and Directed by: A Harsha
Release Date: March 08, 2024

Gopichand has collaborated with a Kannada director popular for delivering successful films. Gopichand has previously portrayed the role of a police officer; however, the makers have stated that this particular role is distinct from the typical police stories.

Let’s see if the film is really that different.

Rama and Bhimaa (Gopichand) are siblings. Rama possesses a kind disposition and aspires to become a pujari, but Bhimaa exhibits an assertive personality and ultimately pursues a career as a police officer. They are separated by a childhood incident.

Bhimaa has been sent as a Sub-Inspector in Mahendragiri, a place where rowdies hold power. He develops romantic feelings for Vidya, who is both a part-time teacher and a Ph.D student. Additionally, she is a follower of the renowned Ayurvedic medical expert Ravindra Varma (Nasser).

Upon discovering a tanker engaged in the illicit transportation of young children, Bhimaa's life undergoes a profound transformation. Who is the individual responsible for orchestrating this child trafficking operation, and will Rama ever reunite with Bhimaa?

Artistes’ Performances:
Gopichand portrays two distinct characters - a pious and timid Brahmin youth and a rugged and resilient police officer. Gopichand is at home as usual, flexing his muscles and performing action acts that will appeal to large crowds while portraying a police officer. He tries to do comedy largely in the role of Rama, a Brahmin guy.

Malvika Sharma is cast in the role of a conventional glamorous character. Priya Bhavani Shankar does not receive much screen time.

Nasser is okay. Naresh, Chammak Chandra, Vennela Kishore, and Saptagiri perform comedy that is lacking in freshness.

Technical Excellence:
The music of Ravi Basrur isn't really special. All of the songs fail to impress us. The cinematography and production values are top-notch. The action sequences are also commendable.

Gopichand’s performance
Action episodes

Clichéd story
Outdated narration
Stale comedy sequences

"Bhimaa" is a formulaic action film with a storyline that has been recycled numerous times in various movies.

Gopichand lately made an effort to portray characters that were entertaining, but unfortunately, he could not achieve success. So, he opted to revert back to the genre of regular masala films with his latest project, "Bhimaa". With the exception of the pre-interval episode that includes a fantasy element, the storyline of "Bhimaaa" is entirely clichéd.

The template is straightforward: a protagonist assumes the roles of two brothers, one characterized by gentleness and the other by aggression, and a certain incident alters the relationships between them.

In the past, actors like Late NTR, Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, Jr NTR, and other mass heroes have done similar stories. In a way, this plot is straight out of the 1980’s movies.

A Harsha, the Kannada director making his Telugu debut, has not given any new spin to this frequently repeated storyline. The sole distinction lies in the fact that the film talks about a scientist/doctor doing unauthorized experiments on children, a theme that is also covered in another film released today, Gaami.

A significant portion of the first half of the film is centered around the romance between Gopichand and Malavika, which can be deemed as utterly nonsensical. The thread of Malavika, a Ph.D. student, visiting a police station and enlisting the assistance of a rowdy to safeguard herself and the girls residing at the hostel, is as predictable and clichéd as some of the older films starring Balakrishna.

The oil tanker incident and subsequent action sequence are the only noteworthy aspects in the whole first half. The second half of the film proves to be underwhelming, with unoriginal comedic exchanges between Gopichand and Naresh, as well as a predictable romantic plotline involving Gopichand and Priya Bhavani Shankar.

Overall, "Bhimaa" is a very formulaic mass movie. The narration and packaging lack freshness. The only redeeming qualities are the action sequences and high production value. But it bores us with pretty predictable scenes.

Bottom line: Routine

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